The horrifying kidnapping that had parts of the country receiving Amber Alert messages on their cellphones earlier this week hasn't been solved yet. Suspect 44-year-old James Lee DiMaggio is still on the run with either Hannah Anderson and her brother Ethan or just Hannah. Their mother's body was found burned up in the remains of DiMaggio's home along with the yet unidentified remains of a child some suspect is Ethan.
New details -- horrifying details -- have started to emerge, though, as to what kind of motive DiMaggio could have had for taking the children. A young friend of Hannah's said that DiMaggio, who had been like an uncle to the children, told Hannah he had a crush on her and that if they were the same age, he would date her.
That is horrifying for so many reasons. And apparently Hannah thought so, too, because she told the friend she didn't want to be alone with him.
Can you even imagine? It's unclear if there was a connection between what he said and what happened, but it seems like authorities need to explore every possibility.
The friend also told authorities that when Hannah traveled to LA with DiMaggio, he cut the trip short because she wasn't paying enough attention to him. It's unclear if her mother knew that he had told her this, but I have to guess she didnt. Had she known, my guess is she may not have called him a "friend" much longer.
It's terrifying to think these two are now possibly alone together. How does a person these parents knew, trusted, and treated like family suddenly snap like this? Was he jealous of their family all along? Was he waiting for a time to strike?
Judging from the fact that the mother Christina had gone to his house to say goodbye to him before he moved to Texas, it's possible he had been planning this for some time. These children need to be back with their family and their father needs to be reunited. It's just impossible to imagine what he is going through right now.
Anyone who spots these kids and/or DiMaggio should call the San Diego County Sheriff's Department's homicide unit at 858-974-2321 and after hours at 858-565-5200, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.
Do you think this "crush" story is true and relevant to the kidnapping?
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