Kidnapping of 16-Year-Old Hannah Anderson May Have Been Planned in Advance

Amber alert kidsThe 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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miche... micheledo

I am guessing the story is true. My first thought when I saw the story was that the child was probably the young bouy and he took the teen girl. What other reason could there be to murder everyone but the teen girl?

Sure hope they find her and she survives. :( Heartbreaking.

nonmember avatar Kristi

If it is true it obviously is relevant and the catalyst for the whole terrible situation. I hope she fights him like hell and gets away and he is caught.

nonmember avatar CuzISaidSo

When will people stop teaching their daughters to "be nice to Uncle so-and-so." Good girls are always polite and never hurt anyone's feelings. Gees, we really set our girls up to be suckers. We need to start telling them to trust their instincts and screw someone's feelings getting hurt. She could tell her friend this, but not her own parents...terrific.

nonmember avatar kaerae

"details regarding the motive have started to emerge." Uh, yeah, because this one's a real head-scratcher. So many, many reasons a man could have for murdering everyone except the pretty teen girl and running off with her....hmmmm...

Hope Berger Juno

God Bless Hannah. Lord please bring her home safe.

Freedom Warner-Gorris

I think she told her mom what happened and the mom went to confront the guy the mom took her kids with  her.  This is how he got the daughter. The guy told the family he was moving for an excuse to keep the dad off his trailso he could get away with out being looked at with the girl. The on e big issue I have is why the hell would he be with these people and have enough control over them to call off a family trip. Seems to me there is more going on here then is being told to the media.

middl... middleroad

This is what I have thought since the beginning. 

Rose Campbell

I know this man and some of his family. He was very quiet and always wanted to help. I also though there was more going on in his mind. I was with his family for one christmas and he gave his nephew whom I was dating a blow up cow(sexual) in front of young children. I did not agree with it and left. Always beware of the quiet ones

rusty... rusty2rusty

I think the story about the crush is true. That should of been a warning signal to tell mom. Look what happene dbecause of closed mouths.

Thank God, I have taught my daughter only her blood Uncles are Uncles. I have never liked saying a close friend is an Uncle just in case of a fall out or something like this could happen.

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