From ‘Uncle Jim’ to killer — but why?

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SAN DIEGO — When James DiMaggio died in a confrontation with an FBI tactical agent deep in the Idaho wilderness this weekend, he took with him the reason why he killed a family friend and her son — and took her 16-year-old daughter captive.

His weeklong run with the teen, Hannah Anderson, spurred an intense and frantic manhunt that spanned from Southern California to Central Idaho.

It came to an end Saturday afternoon when a tip from horseback riders sent FBI agents swarming to the camping spot outside Cascade.

Hannah did not appear to have significant physical injuries — and was reunited with her father Sunday.

“Obviously we would have liked for Mr. DiMaggio to surrender and face justice in the court of law,” San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said. “But that’s not going to be the case.”

But there were some signs, Hanna’s grandparents said — signs that DiMaggio was infatuated with Hannah and signs he was trying to lure the family to his home in rural San Diego County, near the Mexican border.

Interest in Hannah

PeopleThe signs were subtle, according to grandparents Ralph and Sara Britt, also of San Diego.

“He seemed to enjoy being with Hannah and her friends … more and more,” Ralph Britt said, shaking his head. “But he’s been with the kids for years.”

DiMaggio’s friendship with the family predated Hannah’s birth.

“There was no danger sign, nothing that you would act on, say it was wrong,” he said. “It was just friendly.”

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