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Alleged kidnapper and murderer James DiMaggio was killed in a shootout with police, but his sister claims that there is no evidence linking her brother to the crimes and that she warned him against consorting with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson.
"Do you believe everything a 16-year-old tells you?" Lora DiMaggio asked CNN's Piers Morgan, calling Anderson's story into question. "I think Hannah got herself into a situation she couldn't herself out of and my brother gave his life to protect her. There are lots of holes in the case. Lots of misinformation."
Lora explained that she loved her brother and that she had warned him about Anderson's behavior before the alleged kidnapping took place.
"I remember telling my brother 'she is trouble, watch out for that one,'" Lora added. "She wasn't very gracious and was wearing very heavy eye makeup…" She was "certainly not the girl who stayed at my home" just three weeks before the incident.
"To me it doesn't add up. It doesn't make sense. I need facts and evidence. Real facts. I know he (James) thought of Hannah as a daughter, and I know the wilderness in Idaho is some of the most beautiful in the world. Hiking is what we enjoyed doing," Lora said. "He was my best friend, my brother, father, the person I would call for advice in life, love and everything."
Anderson has not been very public about her experience with DiMaggio but did appear on TV in order to clear up some misunderstandings about the nature of her relationship with DiMaggio.
"The phone calls weren't phone calls; they were texts because he was picking me up from cheer camp and didn't know the address… so he knew where to come get me. In the letters… they were from a year ago when my mom and I weren't getting along well and I wrote him to explain how I felt," Anderson said on the "Today" show. "They weren't bad but to help me get through."
Lora also revealed that she had dropped the DNA request from Hannah and her brother, Ethan, whom she once questioned the paternity of. She chose not to go through with the test. Lora said she was upset that the authorities killed her brother and didn't bother to consult her about the situation in the wilderness.
"If they had flown me into Idaho, I would have talked him out of there and he could have come home and had a proper trial. The only fact is that some bodies were found on his property. If there is evidence, as his only living family member, I think they could share a little bit of that with me," Lora concluded.