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Hannah Anderson Kidnapper Had Marijuana in His System When He Was Shot

Medical examiner says James DiMaggio had THC in his bloodstream at the time of his Aug. 10 death in a remote area northeast of Boise where he had forcibly taken 16-year-old Hannah Anderson of Lakeside.

James Lee DiMaggio
James Lee DiMaggio

James Lee DiMaggio, who kidnapped a teenage family friend and El Capitan High School student last summer, murdered her mother and brother and fled with her to Idaho had marijuana and a prescription drug in his system when he was fatally shot a week later by federal agents, the examiner who did the autopsy disclosed Wednesday.

DiMaggio, 40, had tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in his bloodstream at the time of his Aug. 10 death in a remote area northeast of Boise where he had forcibly taken 16-year-old Hannah Anderson of Lakeside, according to Nathan Hess, coroner of Valley County, Idaho.

"Whether or not (the chemical) was impeding his judgment, I don't know," he said. "That's something that can be in the system for a while."

Hess declined to disclose the type of legal medication DiMaggio had in his system, though he said it was not a commonly abused or mind-altering substance.

Authorities said DiMaggio abducted the El Capitan High School junior on Aug. 3 and killed her mother and 8-year-old brother, whose remains were found in the suspect's fire-gutted mountain home in southeast San Diego County.

A federal hostage-rescue team tracked down the girl and DiMaggio -- whom she had known since early childhood and referred to as "Uncle Jim" -- in Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area on Aug. 10.

When he fired a gun while standing near the teen, the agents opened fire, killing him on the spot. The girl only learned about the violent deaths of her family members following her rescue, according to San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore.

The motive for the crimes was unclear, though family friends told reporters DiMaggio seemed to have developed an infatuation with the teenager, a change in their relationship that made her uncomfortable.

-City News Service
Marty Warren November 01, 2013 at 04:27 PM
I knew he was a "GRASS HOPPER"
Jacqueline Elkins November 01, 2013 at 05:27 PM
I don't care what was in his system.He chose to do both and paid the pric.
sue November 01, 2013 at 05:47 PM
pot does NOT cure cancer . It supposedly lessens pain and chemo side effects but it does not cure.
Connie Smith November 01, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Well...the results are in. Scientist Sue, going against the results of other scientific studies, has made a determination that pot does not cause cancer. Tell us, Sue....when does your study come out in the New England Journal of Medicine? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/marijuana-and-cancer_n_1898208.html
Wake Robin November 04, 2013 at 07:46 PM
The FBI and Sheriff Gore want this case to disappear from public consciousness. But at the same time, they want to clean up their image of gross incompetence, conclusion-jumping and summary execution. You can't have both, fellas...


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