August 12th, 2013
10:05 AM ET

Father of Hannah Anderson's Alleged Abductor was a Kidnapper

As the family of Hannah Anderson focuses on her future, there are new questions emerging about her alleged kidnapper's past. James DiMaggio was described as Hannah's father's best friend, a valuable handyman, and a trusted uncle figure to Hannah and her brother Ethan.

But he was also the son of another troubled man, also named James DiMaggio, who held the 16-year-old daughter of a former girlfriend captive in 1989, CNN's Casey Wian reports.

Now a woman, she spoke with CNN affiliate KFMB: "I asked him not to kill us and he said don't worry, you won't feel a thing."

She escaped and the elder James DiMaggio went to prison. The woman attended the same high school as his son, whos ays told her this one day:  "I was walking to my locker and his son said, my dad is out, and he said to let you know he'll be waiting for you after school."

Friday on "Piers Morgan Tonight," a friend of the younger DiMaggio warned that his father's past might be influencing the son's actions.

"What I found out was that Jim's father had committed suicide in 1998," says Andrew Spanswick.

To be exact, DiMaggio's father took a fatal drug overdose on August 10, 1998 – 15 years to the day before an FBI agent killed his son in the remote Idaho woods, freeing another 16-year-old girl.

There is also another date that may have influenced all of this – August 3rd was the day James DiMaggio's mother died of cancer. It was also the same day his mobile home went up in flames, burning the bodies of Hannah Anderson's mother and younger brother, launching a week-long manhunt.

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