James Lee DiMaggio, 40, allegedly murdered Hannah Anderson’s mother, Christina, and her 8-year-old brother Ethan earlier this month. DiMaggio is then believed to have kidnapped Hannah, driven her to Idaho, and was eventually killed in a shootout with police in the Idaho wilderness. While this case had seemed to be over, a new detail has cropped up claiming that DiMaggio was actually Hannah and Ethan’s biological father.
In the most recent turn of the investigation, ABC 10 says a spokesman for the DiMaggio family claims James took out a large life insurance policy of around $112,000 earlier in his life and named his sister Lora as the beneficiary. In 2011, he apparently removed his sister Lora from the policy papers and named Hannah’s paternal grandmother, Bernice Anderson, as beneficiary instead. Spanswick.says DiMaggio’s sister Lora is the one asking for the paternity test.
"He expected the grandmother to take care of the two children with the money,” says Andrew Spanswick, DiMaggio’s spokesperson. “He stated he did not want it to go to their parents because they were having marital problems and he didn't trust them with the money on their own."
"We are requesting DNA samples from Hannah and anything they can get from Ethan. There are rumors Jim was the children's real father… We think it's strange he left them so much money with no explanation," Spanswick said.
An attorney says the insurance policy is rock solid, given that it was created more than two years ago. If the children are found to be James’s, the money from the policy will be paid within 30 to 45 days.
As this investigation unfolds, it continues to take some bizarre turns. Channel 10 reports that authorities may have surveillance camera footage of Hannah and DiMaggio in a car together, taken 20 hours before the cabin went up in flames. Spanswick also said that the DiMaggio family has alluded to “bizarre allegations” made by Hannah Anderson on Facebook that they want investigated, but have declined to elaborate on their exact nature at this time.
Source: ABC 10