James DiMaggio's family wants paternity tests, believes he is father of Hannah, Ethan Anderson
DiMaggio left $112K to kids' paternal grandmother
Vanessa Van Hyfte, 10news.com , The Associated Press contributed to this report
9:00 AM, Aug 21, 2013
11:00 AM, Aug 21, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Kidnapping and murder suspect James DiMaggio left behind a dark legacy and a $112,000 life insurance policy to the family of his alleged victims.
Andrew Spanswick, a spokesman for DiMaggio's family, said the money will go to Bernice Anderson, the paternal grandmother of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her 8-year-old brother Ethan.
"He expected the grandmother to take care of the two children with the money. He stated he did not want it to go to their parents because they were having marital problems and he didn't trust them with the money on their own," said Spanswick.
According to Spanswick, the DiMaggio family is not contesting the policy, but they do want paternity tests conducted to determine if James DiMaggio is the father of Hannah and Ethan.
"We are requesting DNA samples from Hannah and anything they can get from Ethan. There are rumors Jim was the children's real father. The parents didn't marry until 2002. We think it's strange he left them so much money with no explanation," Spanswick said.
DiMaggio's sister, Lora, was removed as the beneficiary in 2011.
Spanswick said Hannah's recent behavior is also raising suspicion.
"Some things that Hannah is saying on her Facebook doesn't add up so far; her latest posts are disturbing," Spanswick said without elaborating further.
WXYZ's Scripps sister station KGTV asked La Jolla Life Insurance agent Craig Gussin if DiMaggio's alleged crimes would impact the policy and payout in any way.
"This is a legal document. After the contract is two years old, it's pretty untouchable. They will get the money," said Gussin.
Gussin said if the check and policy is legitimate, a payout to the Andersons could come in 30-45 days.
On Tuesday, San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said DiMaggio used a timer to set fire to his Boulevard home -- where 44-year-old Christina Anderson and young Ethan were found dead.
Caldwell also said that DiMaggio was spotted on a Border Patrol surveillance camera about 20 hours before his home went up in flames on Aug. 4. He was seen inside his Nissan Versa with Hannah at a westbound highway checkpoint.
Authorities recovered an incendiary device and "arson wire" at DiMaggio's home.
DiMaggio died in a shootout with FBI agents in the Idaho wilderness six days after the fire. Hannah was rescued and returned to California.
On Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m., a memorial service will be held for Christina and Ethan Anderson at the Guardian Angel Roman Catholic Church (9310 Dalehurst Road, Santee).