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The week-long manhunt for James DiMaggio, the man suspected of kidnapping 16-year–old Hannah Anderson and killing her mother and brother, came to a dramatic close on Sunday, but details are still emerging. On Monday night, “Piers Morgan Live” welcomed the return of DiMaggio’s long-time friend Andrew Spanswick, asking the man who'd accompanied the late double-murder suspect on camping trips to reveal what he believes may have motivated such a horrific and unexpected series of events.
Spanswick disclosed details about DiMaggio’s past that he had unveiled as the investigation raged last week:
“The family had a traumatic upbringing, they were emotionally and physically abused by their father who had an extreme problem with methamphetamine use. When the mother died of cancer, the father became worse. The parents had separated prior to that, and Jim had decided to go with the father, and [his sister] Laura had gone with the mother," Spanswick told Morgan in a live interview. "Jim was basically abandoned as a child. And after the mother died, it was really up to Jim to take on the father role for Laura.”
With the uncovering of a dark family history and some speculation, Spanswick was able to piece together a potential M.O.:
“I'm positive that he had a suicidal plan. The fact that he took his cat out into the wilderness with him, that he had saved before," explained the guest, indicating that securing possessions is a significant sign. "When people have a suicidal plan, they'll often take things with them, that they want to die and go with them, if they believe in God or a natural life.”
In the wake of Hannah Anderson’s rescue from suspected kidnapper James DiMaggio on Sunday, on Monday evening Piers Morgan spoke with kidnapping survivor Katie Beers about the process of recovery from such a traumatic event.
Beers, author of her autobiography “Buried Memories,” drew similarities between Anderson and her own kidnappings that may bring about a better understanding of what Hannah will face in the future:
“The parallels between my abduction and Hannah's abduction are the fact that we were both abducted by family friends," she detailed. "Family friends that apparently had an infatuation with us as young girls.”
Continuing her live interview, Beers admitted things will be challenging for Anderson moving forward:
“And the recovery for her...it's going to be I think a long road. Because it was somebody that she trusted so very much that had abducted her," she told Morgan. "The fact that she has ... her family is gone now, and she just has her dad, I think it's going to be a long road to recovery.”
In support of Anderson and her recovery, the "Anderson Family Support Fund" has been created, with donations to aid Hannah, and her family, as they move forward with her life.