James DiMaggio Names Member Of Kidnap Victim’s Family As Insurance Beneficiary


A man who kidnapped a 16-year-old girl and killed her mother and brother named a member of the teenager’s family as his life insurance beneficiary. James Lee DiMaggio was killed during a shootout with the FBI in Idaho after kidnapping Hannah Anderson from her home in San Diego. DiMaggio left $112,000 to Anderson's paternal grandmother.

DiMaggio, 40, had been Anderson’s father's best friend. He named Bernice Anderson as the sole beneficiary of his employer-issued life insurance policy instead of his sister, Lora Robinson.

Robinson called Hannah's father, Brett Anderson, and told him about the life insurance payment, The Huffington Post reported.

"They had a long conversation about their mutual loss, trying to make sense of what happened, and neither of them had an explanation," said DiMaggio family spokesperson Andrew Spanswick. "Brett seemed to recognize that Lora was as much a victim in this as everyone else. He wished her the best."

A spokeswoman for Brett Anderson and his family declined to comment.

It is believed that DiMaggio left the money for the benefit of Hannah.

Steven Weisbart, chief economist at the industry-backed Insurance Information Institute, doesn’t seem to think that insurers will really be able to challenge the claim. "Pretty much as long you're dead, the insurance company has very little opportunity to deny the claim," Weisbart said.

Sources: The Huffington Post, NBC Los Angeles


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