Warrants: DiMaggio tortured, killed victims before kidnapping
Video Report By Shannon Handy, Reporter - bio | email
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A judge unsealed warrants Wednesday revealing new dramatic details about the kidnapping of Hannah Anderson and the murder of her mother and brother.
Seven search warrants served during the investigation into the abduction of a Lakeside teenager reveal that the suspect, James Dimaggio, tortured the girl's mother and 8-year-old brother before he killed them inside his Boulevard home August 4. Dimaggio is accused of setting fire to the home and then kidnapping Hannah Anderson, 16.
Authorities located DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson last Saturday near Morehead Lake, about 80 miles northeast of Boise, Idaho. He was fatally shot and the girl, who was unharmed, was told of the deaths of her mother and brother.
The warrants, unsealed by a judge at the request of News 8, indicate that when firefighters arrived at the property just after 8 p.m., they first discovered Christina Anderson's body after noticing a pair of human feet sticking out underneath a green tarp in the garage. She was face-down and a crowbar was by her head.
A small dog was also dead in the garage. The dog -- named Calli and believed to be Hannah's -- was under a sleeping bag and had been shot.
Investigators later found the remains of the boy, Ethan Anderson.
The search warrants say that same day DiMaggio exchanged several phone calls with his sister Lora Robinson. Robinson has not been charged with a crime, but at the time, detectives believed she was possibly aiding and abetting DiMaggio.
Robinson's voicemail was full Wednesday and she could not be reached for comment. A Dimaggio family spokesperson, Andrew Spanswick, told News 8 that Dimaggio's sister was calling her brother because she was worried.
"The idea that she would be involved in abetting him, when for two days we though he was dead; it's ridiculous," Spanswick said. "We were trying call him on the cell phone to see if we could find him. Everyone was calling to try and see if he would answer. Everyone was calling him like crazy."
Also that same day, investigators say Hannah was picked up at 4 p.m. from cheerleading practice, but at the time they weren't sure who gave her a ride. Her phone was soon turned off, but not before she and DiMaggio called each other 13 times. That was four hours before the fire at Dimaggio's was called in.
Authorities learned through interviews with Hannah Anderson's friend that DiMaggio -- who the family called "Uncle Jim" -- took her on multiple day trips, the most recent one to Malibu and Hollywood.
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