Dog & Beth are no longer Bounty Hunters; Things drastically changed
Chapter 1: Shocking experience Duane and his wife, Beth, had during the show
Who could have imagined that bounty hunters from the old west could turn into such well-known figures as Duane Chapman? He went from being a regular dude from Colorado, to have a prominent career as the star of the reality show Dog the Bounty Hunter. And it all started when he caught a fugitive, Andrew Luster.
Well, it turns out that Duane and his wife, Beth, have had a lot of shocking experience since their first time on TV. A lot of things have been going on in the lives of this famous and beloved couple. Luckily for you, we have all the details covered in this article, so you cannot miss it out!
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Chapter 2: His bio
Duane Lee Chapman was born on February 2, 1952, in Texas, the USA, to Wesley and Barbara Chapman. Being from a humble and hardworking family, Duane was raised along with three younger siblings, two sisters, and a brother. His father; with English descent, was a welder, and his mother, Barbara, was a pastor for the Assemblies of God and had German origins.
Despite being born into a good family with values that were based on the spirituality and the Bible teachings, Duane was known to be very rebellious. His lousy attitude led him to several problems with the authorities - like the instance in 1976 when he was found guilty of first-degree murder - but don't worry; we are going to talk about this later on.
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Chapter 3: A complicated childhood
If you know "The Dog" and have seen his TV show along with his wife, you have certainly noticed that Duane usually dons colorful clothes that are very similar to the customary attires worn by the Native Americans from the States. However, it has been proven that Duane and his family don't have Native American descent. So, it seems that his apparel is just part of his fashion style.
As mentioned in a previous point, Duane Chapman didn't have a regular upbringing, despite all the teachings and values that his parents tried to instill in him. He was always known to be a problematic person, particularly during his teenage years when he got into many problems with the law. It all started when he got involved with a gang of road hogs called 'The Disciples of the Devil.' Wow! Need we say more?; The name speaks for itself!
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Chapter 4: Change of life and some inspiration
The events in 1976 turned Duane's life around indeed. It turns out he engaged in drug dealing, and once went with a friend to negotiate the purchase of cannabis with alleged pimp and drug dealer Jerry Oliver, age 69. While he was waiting in the car, his buddy accidentally shot and killed Oliver. Chapman was then found guilty of first-degree murder and was sentenced to five years in Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville.
His time in jail was more like a period of reflection, and Duane decided that he had to make a drastic transformation in his life. He worked as the warden's barber and did fieldwork, which earned him a very respectful position. During his incarceration, one of his friends inside the prison was sentenced to a period in solitary confinement but tried to escape by hitting a guard and making a run for it.
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Chapter 5: His first steps as the dog
Duane saw the guards in the towers pointing their rifles at the inmate, so he ran after him because he didn't want his friend to die. He managed to tackle him down and allowed the guards to handcuff the fugitive, which led a guard to say, "Good job. Put him up, bounty hunter." The correction officer congratulated him for his deed, and the whole situation inspired Duane to become the bounty hunter we all know.
Chapman kicked off his bounty hunting job after completing a year and a half in jail for the five years he had to serve. But although little is known about this, his sentence was allegedly reduced. When Duane was released from prison, he had his first chance to catch a fugitive when a judge offered him the opportunity to lower the support debt he owed to his ex-wife. And it was then when Duane realized that he had a natural talent for that type of work.
This job is likely rather unusual to you, but it began in the late 19th century due to complications to maintain public order in the USA. During this period, the government determined to create bounty hunters to bring the criminals of the time to face justice. What a smart way to make things easier!
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Chapter 6: One first great reward
In modern times, Chapman works as a bond officer, a position that allows him to charge a percentage for each fugitive he traps in the name of the law. His first big catch took place in 2003 when a criminal named Andrew Lustre was accused of multiple sexual assaults and sentenced to 50 years in prison, according to Hollywood Reporter. Luster decided to escape from justice and not comply with the sentence.
This news spread throughout the United States, and upon hearing the news, Duane decided to join the search for Luster. Chapman and his "hunt team," consisting of his son Leland and Tim Chapman, flew to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where Luster was allegedly living under an assumed name.
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Chapter 7: Good results after trouble
The Dog succeeded in catching Luster in Mexico and intended to return him to the States; however, after crossing the border illegally, Duane had to spend some time in a Mexican jail. But despite his time in a Latin prison, the Colorado native instantly became a public figure in his hometown.
His achievement with Luster gained him a great deal of recognition from the public and the media, attending various TV programs such as talk shows. After a short while, a renowned channel decided to produce and create a reality show to narrate the life of Duane, the bounty hunter.
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Chapter 8: His TV debut
His appearance as the bounty hunter on the boob tube was in 2004, with a program called 'Dog The Bounty Hunter.' The program showcased Duane's life and all the work he did to catch different fugitives sought by the authorities. He also received support from his family who worked with him, mainly from his wife, Alice Elizabeth "Beth" Barmore.
The show aired until 2007 when it was temporarily taken off, as per Hygo. It had a comeback a year later for eight seasons until his ultimate cancellation in 2012. In 2013, the couple got a CMT reality show called 'Dog and Beth: On The Hunt,' which ceased in August 2015.
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Chapter 9: The famous comeback
Duane had remained out of the limelight for some years until September 2018 when he had his comeback, by Courier-Journal. The 66-year-old man announced that he was joining the chase of a man identified as Shawn Richard Christy from Pennsylvania.
Christy presumably stated he would like to 'put a bullet' in the head of the President of the United States, and he announced it through a now-deleted Facebook post. Christy allegedly threatened both the highest authority of the North American country and John M. Morganelli, the district attorney of Northampton County. Following the Facebook publication, a federal warrant was issued for Christy's arrest.
Authorities arrested the fugitive in a wooded area of Mifflin Township, which is a town of about 6,000 inhabitants in Richland County, northern Ohio. Chapman had previously said he had a hot lead on the fugitive's location. He even delivered some messages to him, but sadly for our favorite hunter, he couldn't get him before the police.
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Chapter 10: A nightmare
As many of you might remember, medics diagnosed Beth with stage II throat cancer in 2017. Back then, the couple even decided to share the grueling experience in a two-hour special series called 'Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives,' which aired in November 2017 on A&E. Beth had to undergo a 13-hour surgery to have the cancerous tumor removed from her neck.
Two months after the couple announced the news about Beth's diagnosis, they received a life-changing phone call, informing that she showed no signs of cancer. However, after a year of the cheerful announcement, the terrible illness is knocking at her door again. On November 27, 2018, the American-Italian bounty hunter rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Chapman spent the previous night with difficulties breathing, so they resolved to get medical help. She was promptly hospitalized as she had a life-threatening blockage in her throat that was obstructing her airways, thus, impeding her breathing. Beth needed to undergo an emergency procedure to remove a large mass that doctors later determined was the return of her throat cancer.
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Chapter 11: Heartbreaking news
But despite the surgery she had, doctors revealed that her cancer has spread from her throat to her lungs. The family's lawyer said that it was something serious, and we later found out the diagnosis wasn't rosy at all. "They say cancer follows the path of least resistance, so it goes downward. Half of her lung was full of water," explained Duane to US Weekly.
Chemo treatments and alternative therapy were options for the 51-year-old bounty hunter, but reports stated she was making funeral arrangements, apparently to release part of the burden from her husband in case her last day was near. According to Inquisitr, her husband revealed:
"She's like, 'here's the casket I want, and here are the flowers.' I said, 'Beth, don't say that.' And she said, 'What? You don't want me planning my funeral? Well, I'm going to.' And she'll say, 'You have to face the facts.' But I don't want to."
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Chapter 12: Humor despite all
Notwithstanding the ordeal they were living, Beth didn't lose her innate sense of humor, or in the TV star's words, she's still got her wit - and that is a particular part of her personality that won over Duane. To describe how Beth is, the husband told a funny anecdote about one night when his wife woke him up to tell him her concerns about the farm. The bounty hunter further explained:
"She told me, 'you're so damn stupid. If I die, you're going to lose the farm.' And I said, 'don't you dare say that,' and she said, 'well, it's true!' and I said, 'Beth, we don't even have a farm.'"
The Chapmans' situation is by no means easy, but despite the devastating news, they are all getting by through their faith, crying and praying with Beth. "Faith is probably the number one thing in our lives, no matter what we're faced with. And the Bible talks about having faith as small as a mustard seed. And that's not much… And I thank God that we had at least that much faith to get her through that."
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Chapter 13: Family first
When you know the end is near, you want to spend as much time as possible with your loved ones, and that is precisely what Beth determined to do. The Colorado native decided to take a break from her treatment to stay with her family during Christmas time, according to Daily Mail. The Chapmans' traditions for this holiday include going to the theater and "Churchill's for dinner," as she wrote on a post.
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Chapter 14: A new show
The "Dog the Bounty Hunter" series has officially come to the end. But it doesn't mean we have to say Beth and Duane goodbye. They are not done yet! Variety noted earlier this year that the lovebirds heralded the production of a new reality show titled 'Dog's Most Wanted. The purpose of the 10-part series is to chase "bad guys" and bounty skippers and, at the same time, trying to fight the grim reality of cancer. WGN recently released photos and the trailer of this new show on WGN America, as per CountryLiving.
And this is what we know so far. The series will follow The Dog and his team, aka The Dirty Dozen, chasing the most-wanted fugitives on his bucket list to bring them to justice. WGN president Gavin Harvey stated, "America has been captivated by Dog, Beth, and their dramatic true-crime experiences for over a decade,” He added that the brand-new series will allow fans to join them on bigger hunts with more dangerous criminals.
The production of the new program is in charge of Dorsey Pictures and Chapman’s Bonnie & Clyde. The bad news for the bounty hunters lovers is that the trailer did not give a release date. It also said "coming soon", so we hope that means we'll get to enjoy it sooner than later.
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Chapter 15: Beth's battle
Amid the production, Duane's wife keeps facing his cancer, but she's not letting the illness keep her down. Pop Culture reported the brave mom's latest picture on her official Instagram account. The 51-year-old TV personality appears sitting at her desk in a gorgeously pink-themed office. Along with the pic, she captioned, "Get up dress up show up! #cancerwillnotbeatme"
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The social media post shows she is undoubtedly in good spirits, despite having taken the decision of not having chemotherapy. The source claimed that on Mother's Day last month, Beth revealed that the type of treatment was not her bag. "So for me, this is the ultimate test of faith. This is my ultimate lesson. And it will either be taught to me or to you. And I am fine with taking the hit for everyone else."
But it seems that not everything is pain and hardship for the Chapmans. Earlier this year, PEOPLE noted that the bounty hunters welcomed their first great-grandchild, an occurrence which brought some sunshine and happiness into their lives. Beth posted a picture of the moment stating, "My first great grandbaby; he’s adorable, and he’s precious, and he came 5 weeks early to meet me."
Only time will tell what future has in store for Beth and Duane, but we hope the best for her during these tough times. Did you know all these intriguing details about this pair of bounty hunters? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section, and share this article with other fans of the couple so that they get to know what's going on with our favorite TV personalities these days. Until next time!