There may never be a “rational explanation” for James Lee DiMaggio’s kidnapping of Hannah Anderson in California, but some are drawing eerie parallels with his father’s criminal history, says the Los Angeles Times. Roughly 24 years ago, when James Lee DiMaggio was a teenager, his father had a violent breakdown after being spurned by a 16-year-old girl, the daughter of an ex-girlfriend. It was 1989, and James Everet DiMaggio had been lavishing attention on a teenager. When she turned him down, he broke into her family’s house, tied her boyfriend up, and told them they were going to die as he handled his sawed-off shotgun.
The elder DiMaggio later pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary. More than two decades later, Hannah Anderson, 16, said James Lee DiMaggio had a similar inappropriate infatuation. For six days, she was forced to endure what authorities described as “extreme” duress with threats and weapons, starting with her abduction on Aug. 4 and ending with a firefight that ended in DiMaggio's death. Authorities said the younger DiMaggio killed Hannah’s mother and 8-year-old brother, Ethan.