In an interview with CNN on Tuesday night, Lora DiMaggio stressed that her brother was a victim and that there were a “a lot of holes” in the case.
DiMaggio told CNN, “It’s very hard to believe that someone who was just so genuine and so dependable every single solitary day just woke up one day and decided to do this.”
Her finger points towards Hannah Anderson, the seemingly innocent 16-year-old victim kidnapped by James Lee DiMaggio after he brutally tortured and murdered her mother, Christina Anderson, and 8-year-old brother, Ethan on August 4 at his property in southern California.
An Amber Alert brought in hundreds of leads taking authorities on a multi-state manhunt that ended in a remote part of northern Idaho where a tactical FBI agent shot and killed James Lee DiMaggio.
Hannah, who was unharmed, was flown to a hospital and reunited with her father.
In the interview with CNN, his sister added, “The only evidence that has come forward at this point was the fact the two bodies were found on his property. There’s a lot of missing information. I have yet to see any solid evidence.
Lora DiMaggio believes that James came to the aid of Hannah.
“In my heart, I think that Hannah perhaps got herself into a situation she couldn’t get herself out of, and I do believe that my brother gave his life to protect her,” Lora said.
Lora DiMaggio wouldn’t go into details about why she thought the teen was in trouble or why she needed protection.
Hannah was seen with James DiMaggio nearly 20 hours before James Lee DiMaggio’s home was set on fire just after midnight on Aug 4 at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint.
Phone records show about 13 phone calls between Hannah and James earlier that day, and after she was picked up from cheer, both phones were turned off.
In a television interview with NBC, Hannah said that her and James were texting each other so he would know where to pick her up from cheer camp because he needed directions.
In that same interview, Hannah said, “In the beginning I was a victim, but now knowing everyone out there is helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead,” and, “My mom raised me to be strong.”
Lora DiMaggio told Piers Morgan in her CNN interview that she hardly recognized the teen.
“I know that the Hannah Anderson that I saw a few nights ago on the T.V. is certainly not the girl that stayed in my home three weeks prior to them disappearing,” Lora went on to say, but wouldn’t give specifics about why she drew that conclusion.
Lora recalls, “I remember very vividly telling my brother, ‘She’s trouble.’ I said, ‘You need to watch out for that one.’”
"I don't know, I don't want to bash anyone," she said. "It's certainly not my intent to come on here and bash anyone."