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The search continues for James DiMaggio, the California man accused of killing Christina Anderson, and abducting her two children Hannah, and Ethan. After the vehicle that DiMaggio is suspected to be driving was spotted in Lakeview, Oregon has become the latest state to issue an Amber Alert. As the story developed Wednesday evening, Jane Velez Mitchell joined "Piers Morgan Live" to discuss the case's disturbing details.
According to the HLN host, betrayal is at the root of the story, as DiMaggio had been so close to the Anderson family that Hannah and Ethan referred to him as “Uncle Jim”:
“The bottom line, Piers, is that this guy, this 40-year-old man, apparently had a crush on the 16-year-old daughter, the stunning, beautiful 5'7", 115 pound, blue eyed, blonde haired, pubescent daughter of his good friends," she explained. "According to police, [he] killed the mother, killed, it's believed - they haven't identified the body but it's consistent with the 8-year-old son - set the house on fire and took off with this beautiful young woman who had expressed to her friends - this is the secret that's coming out tonight: she had told her friends that she was creeped out by Uncle Jim.”
Early Wednesday morning, the home of Ariel Castro was demolished. The hope is that such a destruction will help the three women imprisoned in the house begin to heal, and move forward.
In Ohio, crowd’s gathered to watch the demolition. Among the onlookers was Lydia Esparra, a local reporter who has covered this gruesome story from the beginning, in the process becoming a close friend of survivor Gina DeJesus' family.
Speaking with Piers Morgan, Esparra offered her thoughts on the symbolic event, specifically on the notion that Castro was sad to see his home – which was forfeited as part of his plea agreement – leveled, suggesting that "there were so many good memories in that house.”
“Clearly you see how delusional he was, because the first chance that they got to break out, Amanda Berry took that chance when her daughter told her, daddy is gone," said Esparra. "So evidently his opinion of what was going on in that house was far different from the three women that were in there, because Amanda wasted no time getting out of that house and wasted no time telling police there were still two more people inside that home.”
As the survivors move forward, the goal is for the site to ultimately become a symbol of hope:
“The girls would like to see a garden,” Esparra told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. “The neighbors would like to see maybe a playground for some of the kids, anyway to remember good positive things, is what they want, maybe putting an angel there with the yard.”
For the time being, the house will be blocked off, putting the memories out of sight and mind for the survivors.
In the wake of the tragic death of two young Canadian boys allegedly killed by a python, on Wednesday Jeff Corwin joined Piers Morgan with insight on the dangers of this specific reptile.
A wildlife biologist and television host, Corwin is no stranger to these predators of the animal kingdom, and he does not believe they should be around people, especially not children.
To many, this shocking event is unbelievable. For Corwin however, it's a very dangerous reality:
“In the wild scenario, the ecosystem where this creature lives, they are known as being an aggressive species of snake,” said Corwin. “That's because there are a lot of predators out there that eat pythons. And they have to be very tenacious when they target their prey.”
While humans are not usually on menu for these animals, Corwin revealed that it's absolutely within their means:
“This particular snake was probably big enough to eat a small antelope," he described, noting that keeping such a snake within striking distance of two young boys was a “tragic recipe of disaster.”
Not only was the caging of the reptiles near the boys irresponsible, it was also against the law:
“In the province of Canada where this happened, it is illegal to keep large snakes like this and even in Massachusetts where I live, you need to have a specialized license to keep these animals. And that's really to protect the animals and to protect people. They are powerful, powerful creatures."