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(SAN DIEGO) — James Lee DiMaggio “tortured and killed his best friend’s wife and 8-year-old son,” before kidnapping the friend’s daughter, Hannah Anderson, and taking her out of state, according to search warrants that were unsealed Wednesday.

DiMaggio also “shot and killed the family dog,” the warrants added.

Hannah Anderson was kidnapped on Aug. 4 by DiMaggio, 40, after she, her brother, Ethan Anderson, and her mother, Christina Anderson, 44, went to his Boulevard, Calif., home.

“He told us he was losing his house because of money issues so we went up there one last time to support him, and to have fun riding go karts up there but he tricked us,” Anderson wrote in response to questions about her ordeal on the social media site ask.fm.

She wrote that DiMaggio tied up her mother and brother in his garage.  Their bodies, along with a dead dog, were found after a fire at the home.

Authorities said that Anderson did not learn of her mother and brother’s deaths until after her rescue, when an FBI forensics interviewer told her the news.

“I wish I could go back in time and risk my life to try and save theirs.  I will never forgive myself for not trying harder to save them,” Anderson wrote.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Santee, Calif.

Hannah was rescued in Idaho on Saturday after FBI agents shot and killed DiMaggio.

Search warrants also revealed that both Hannah and DiMaggio’s phones were shut off around 4 p.m. on Aug. 4 — the day of the kidnapping and fire at DiMaggio’s home.

At 4 p.m., Anderson was picked up from cheerleading practice at Sweetwater High School, but it is unknown who picked her up, according to the warrants.

Phone records showed that 13 phone calls were exchanged between DiMaggio and Hannah before the phones were turned off.

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