Killer’s family seeks DNA of Hannah Anderson

Photos of James DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson released by authorities during a weeklong search for the accused killer and kidnapper. (AP)

Photos of James DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson released by authorities during a weeklong search for the accused killer and kidnapper. (AP)

The family of a man accused of killing an 8-year-old boy, the boy’s mother and kidnapping 16-year-old Hannah Anderson wants DNA evidence from the children to prove he is their biological father, according to CNN and other media.

Suspect James DiMaggio, 40, killed 44-year-old mother Christina Anderson and Ethan Anderson Aug. 3, police say. Their bodies were found inside his burning home near San Diego. DiMaggio then kidnapped Hannah and, after a weeklong search, was shot to death Aug. 10 by an FBI agent in the Idaho wilderness. Hannah is now living with her father.

DiMaggio’s sister, Lora, is making the DNA request.

“We are going to be requesting from the Anderson family that we try to get DNA samples from Hannah. … If they have anything left from Ethan … we [want] a DNA sample,” said family spokesperson Andrew Spanswick on San Diego’s KGTV.

DiMaggio was the longtime “best friend” of Brett Anderson, the wife and father of DiMaggio’s victims. DiMaggio reportedly had a crush on Hannah, once telling her he would like to date her if they were the same age, and listed Hannah’s grandmother as the beneficiary on his life insurance policy.

The Anderson family said it is not possible that DiMaggio is the biological father of Hannah or Ethan.

“Brett and [Christina] Anderson did not meet Mr. DiMaggio until the sixth month of [Christina's] pregnancy with Hannah. Brett Anderson’s DNA was used to identify the body of his dead son Ethan Anderson,” the family said in a statement.

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August 21st, 2013
9:42 am

How cruel can the kidnappers family be!! I know it would be hard to live with the fact that their loved one was so evil but to put the victims through this is terrible. I hope the courts will stop this.


August 21st, 2013
9:44 am


August 21st, 2013
10:05 am


E. Coli

August 21st, 2013
10:09 am

Next they will claim the 16 year old “seduced” him. Honestly, where do these cretins come from?

Your Average Bear

August 21st, 2013
11:20 am

The rest of this family is as sick as the member who was killed.


August 21st, 2013
11:23 am

If he’s not the biological father, his family may be trying to claim that there was no insurable interest for the grandmother. Therefore, the life insurance beneficiary can’t be that person and it goes to his estate which would then pass to them.


August 21st, 2013
12:10 pm

I knew it had to have something to do with money. The family is stuck with the funeral costs and don’t want it coming out of their pockets.

some sense

August 21st, 2013
12:16 pm

There is waaayyy more to this story than has been reported.


August 21st, 2013
12:37 pm

I too think its much more to this story than we know and is being reported. Much much more.


August 21st, 2013
12:47 pm

“SOME SENSE” and “SHRYIL” have common sense and logic. Eventually “Little Lolita” will have had more to do with it than she’s telling. She can say anything now because the killer is dead. This was a very strange situation, as the dad was apparently living in TN. Now he has become a “media-hog”.


August 21st, 2013
12:49 pm

Guess we will have to wait and read the book, or watch the movie when it comes out.


August 21st, 2013
1:03 pm

you can name any one as your beneficiary, just like you can take a policy out on anyone as long as you pay the premiums. This killer’s family is crazy.


August 21st, 2013
1:39 pm

Well, she looks just like him.


August 21st, 2013
1:43 pm

In spite of what was said earlier, I don’t think it has anything to do with insurance. If it did and the family is going to make a claim about insurable interest (which is ludicrous so I don’t that is what the family is doing) then not conducting a DNA test would be in their favor; not requesting the test. That CNN story seems to cast a lot of questions on the daughter. It could be just slanted reporting but some of the facts that were reported in the story makes this very curious.


August 21st, 2013
1:45 pm

“DiMaggio was the longtime “best friend” of Brett Anderson, the *wife* and father of DiMaggio’s victims.”
Great reporting/writing.
It was also previously reported that he (DiMaggio) was best friends with the mom since high school… not years later after she was married and already pregnant.
It seems odd that he might be the father and want to date his daughter though.
And 13 phone calls between “Uncle” and child is a little excessive.
Way too many questions…


August 21st, 2013
8:31 pm

There is clearly a wrongful death claim against any life insurance he had. All that money should be going to Hannah one way or the other. He has debts to pay to his victims, not his mother.

But overall, this is one twisted story.


August 21st, 2013
10:59 pm

When it comes to 16 yr old Hannah,

James DiMaggio,


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