Sister Of James DiMaggio Says Hannah Anderson Was 'Trouble'
The sister of James DiMaggio claims that she warned her brother that Hannah Anderson, was "trouble" and that, instead of kidnapping her, he had likely been protecting the 16-year-old.
In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan Tuesday night, Lora DiMaggio Robinson (the L.A. Times refers to her as Lora Robinson) said she has trouble accepting that her 40-year-old brother was capable of murder and kidnapping and that there were "a lot of holes" in the case.
"It's very hard to believe that someone who was just so genuine and so dependable every single solitary day just woke up one day and decided to do this," she said.
DiMaggio was shot and killed by police in Idaho after allegedly killing Anderson's mother and 8-year-old brother, as well as kidnapping of Hannah Anderson, which prompted a multi-state Amber Alert.
Robinson is upset that officials never asked her to intervene: "They could have flown me to Idaho. Give me a megaphone, I could have talked him out of there and could have home and had a trial, as he deserves."
Robinson told Morgan that's suspicious of Hannah, "I remember very vividly telling my brother, 'She's trouble,' and 'You need to watch out for that one.'"
When asked to explain what she meant by that, Robinson said that Hannah, who had stayed in her home, "didn't say 'Thank you' once" and "had on extremely heavy eye makeup." Robinson seemed on the verge of saying something along the lines of Hannah not being a "good girl," then back pedaled, saying, "I don't know, I don't want to bash anyone. It's certainly not my intent to come on here and bash anyone."
Asked about whether her brother was, as has been claimed, infatuated with Hannah, she didn't answer directly, but said earlier in the interview that he thought of her as a daughter.
Robinson's theory is that James was simply coming to the aid of Hannah and that, evidently, someone else committed the murders. According to CBS News, DiMaggio's family is no longer asking for a paternity test after rumors surfaced that he might actually be Hannah's father, a claim the Andersons have denied.
"In my heart of hearts, I think that Hannah perhaps got herself into a situation that she couldn't get herself out of, and I do believe that my brother gave his life to protect her," she said.
According to a police affidavit, Hannah's mother Christina Anderson and brother Ethan had been "tortured and killed" by James DiMaggio before he set his home and garage on fire with a timing device.
She insisted there's no proof that her brother was a murderer. "How do you know that he did it?’ would be my question for you," she said. "The only evidence that has come forward at this point is the fact the two bodies were found on his property. There's a lot of missing information. I have yet to see any solid evidence."
When asked to offer another explanation, Robinson answered, "Do you believe everything a 16-year-old tells you?"
Police have insisted that Hannah was "a victim in every sense of the word" and did not willingly go with DiMaggio or conspire with him in the deaths of her family members.
Robinson told Piers Morgan that she watched Hannah's first TV interview and said, "I know that the Hannah Anderson that I saw a few nights ago on the TV is certainly not the girl that stayed in my home three weeks prior to them disappearing," but did not elaborate on how the teen may have changed.
She interrupted Morgan at one point to say, "I would like to remind you that at this point, my brother is still a suspect. He is not a killer. He is accused, and again, it is alleged." She added that her brother was "one of the kindest people I've ever known. He was my brother, he was my best friend, he was everything to me."
According to CBS News, the police still consider the case an "open investigation."
Robinson said she does feel for the Anderson family, particularly Brett Anderson. "My heart just breaks for Brett, really it does," Robinson said.
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