In the latest bizarre twist to an already unbelievable tale, the family of James DiMaggio is requesting DNA from murder victim Ethan Anderson and kidnap survivor Hannah Anderson, believing that the man who killed Ethan and Christina Anderson and led officials on a weeklong manhunt after kidnapping Hannah, may be the biological father of Ethan and Hannah Anderson.
The macabre DNA request from the DiMaggio family to the Anderson family was reported by CNN on August 21.
"We are going to be requesting from the Anderson family that we try to get DNA samples from Hannah. And if they have anything left from Ethan, that we get a DNA sample," family spokesman Andrew Spanswick told CNN affiliate KGTV.
"There has been a lot of rumors that Jim might be the father of either or both children."
DiMaggio’s sister Lora was the DiMaggio family member making the request for the children’s DNA samples.
A statement released by a representative for the Anderson family shot down the possibility of a biological connection between James DiMaggio and the Anderson children:
"Brett and Tina Anderson did not meet Mr. DiMaggio until the sixth month of Tina's pregnancy with Hannah. Brett Anderson's DNA was used to identify the body of his dead son Ethan Anderson."
James DiMaggio lured Anderson children Ethan and Hannah, and their mother, Christina Anderson, to his home on August 4.
Court documents released on August 14 stated that DiMaggio tortured and murdered 8-year-old Ethan and 44-year-old Christina before burning down his home to cover his tracks.
San Diego County deputies searching DiMaggio's charred home found a handwritten note, handcuff box, camping equipment, a DNA swab kit, two used condoms and letters from Hannah, according to an affidavit.
Contents of the letters and the handwritten note were not revealed in the affidavit.
James DiMaggio also killed the Anderson family dog.
DiMaggio then fled to the Idaho wilderness with 16-year-old Hanna, where after one week on the run, he was eventually spotted, shot, and killed on August 10 by a tactical FBI agent. Hannah was recovered unharmed.
Other oddities in the DiMaggio / Anderson saga include:
- an August 19 revelation that DiMaggio had named Hannah’s paternal grandmother, Bernice Anderson, as the beneficiary of his $112,000 life insurance policy. DiMaggio’s sister Lora was not named as a beneficiary.
- the live, on-line question and answer chat session that lasted for several days, held by Hannah Anderson only two days after her rescue, where Hannah, or someone claiming to be Hannah, answered questions about her personal life, her feelings, and her kidnapping.
- the ever growing belief by social-media conspiracy theorists that Hannah Anderson was complicit in her kidnapping.
If there’s any truth to the belief that 40-year-old James DiMaggio fathered Hannah Anderson, that would make an earlier statement made by him to Hannah saying that “if she were older he’d date her,” just that more creepy.
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