Call it narcissistic hedonism at its worse, but one of the most chilling examples of what happens when one loses self-control and becomes overly fixated on a sordid relationship to the daughter of your alleged best friend took place in the eventual kidnapping of Lakeside teen Hannah Anderson.
Fortunately the death penalty issue was rendered moot thanks to the sharpshooting of an FBI agent that ended the horror in the rustic area of Idaho, over a thousand miles from where the horrific plan of deceased family friend James DiMaggio originated.
The shocking extent that a demented DiMaggio planned and plotted has shaken people profoundly. How could a man who befriended a family betray his best friend and callously murder his wife and son that he even spent camping trips?
This type of evil would make even a seasoned career criminal shutter.
There are those that reject the notion of a resident evil within all of us, however when one examines all of the particulars that took place in this incident, one could easily conclude there is a potential evil in all of us, a type of “Breaking Bad” that if uncontrolled will explode into a path of destruction.
DiMaggio’s beast from the id took control of him. He apparently became obsessed with the bubbly Hannah who had a zest for life that intoxicated DiMaggio completely. It is unknown why or how DiMaggio lured, forced, or requested Hannah’s mother and brother to his residence where he ultimately ambushed and killed. The truth may never be known and would it really matter at this point?
Perhaps Hannah’s mother confronted DiMaggio and things spiraled out of control from there. His atrocious obsession may have drove him to murder Hannah’s mother and brother Ethan who may have also been witnessed to the results of DiMaggio’s behavior. Killing them and torching the house may or may not have been planned because Hannah had no knowledge that DiMaggio brutally killed half her family.
Hannah was “creeped out” by DiMaggio behavior, particularly when DiMaggio clearly went over the line and confided to Hannah that “if he was her age he would date her”. Hannah did not want to ruin the relationship her father and family had with DiMaggio and set the indiscretion aside. After all, why would anything amiss happen after being so close to the family over 15-years? The Andersons trusted DiMaggio and unfortunately that trust would be betrayed.
Unfortunately the statistic that a victim is usually acquainted with the kidnapper would become a frightening reality. It also takes a real piece of work to murder two people you have been so close to over the years simply to fulfill a fantasy. This is the type of stuff where there can never be an adequate explanation.
Trust has been decimated at the Anderson household. It may be unrecoverable for Mr. Anderson and Hannah to ever recover the shattered pieces and complete healing from the devastation suffered at the hands of DiMaggio.
DiMaggio paid the appropriate price for his treachery. There would be no justice for someone to spend the rest of their time living out their life in the prison system. It is not a wonderful life, but it is a better option given Hannah’s mother and brother.
The emotions are still a little raw to expect anything but rage and condemnation for DiMaggio, but eventually time will alleviate the bitterness and numbness that comes with this type of loss. That is when the real emotions of guilt and “if only” take over. Forgiveness for perpetrator and also for the living victims will be the only viable option for real healing.http://www.examiner.com/article/forgiveness-is-best-when-you-don-t-want-to-do-it
The redemption that comes from forgiveness will allow both Mr. Anderson and his daughter Hannah to endure this tragedy.