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Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Live" welcomes the return of Andrew Spanswick, a friend and former camping buddy of the late James DiMaggio.
In advance of his fourth visit with Piers Morgan in less than a week, we've compiled a collection of some of the lessons learned during Spanswick's visits:
1. James DiMaggio's traumatic childhood could be seen as foreshadowing for a dangerous adult life:
“They [James and sister Laura] were emotionally and physically abused by their father who had an extreme problem with methamphetamine use," Spanswick revealed to Morgan on Monday. "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.”
2. James DiMaggio's father committed suicide in 1998, an incident that may have impacted his own actions exactly 15 years later:
"It's bone-chilling information when I heard it that potentially he's had a plan," Spanswick told Morgan, in the process calling upon his own work with patients suffering from mental illness. "They make a suicide pact or plan, that they've hidden from other people. It relates very much to the anniversaries of the traumatic event, and I think that's very much what we're seeing here. There might be a possible link between the anniversary date of his father's disappearance and eventual suicide."
3. Throughout the course of the manhunt, DiMaggio's family always feared the worst:
"When I spoke to Laura, his sister, last night at length, two times, she expressed that, you know, the only result she could see from this is Jim ending up coming home in a body bag," Spanswick told Morgan last Thursday. "Because, either one, he was going to get profiled and someone was going to shoot him, or something terrible has happened to him and maybe he was taken from the home."
4. James DiMaggio offered subtle signs of his intentions, including traveling with his beloved pet:
“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," Spanswick explained on Monday night. "When people have a suicidal plan, they'll often take things with them, that they want to die and go with them.”
5. A therapist and CEO of a behavioral health company, Spanswick never discounted the possibility that DiMaggio may have suffered a psychotic episode:
"There's always a possibility that somebody could have a break. I heard some rumors on the media that he had been smoking marijuana recently," noted the "Piers Morgan Live" guest. "There's always the possibility with the potency of marijuana these days, that people could have drug-induced psychosis that might relate to some of this behavior."