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"I am what shit rehabilitation stands for,"
—Duane Lee "Dog" Chapman
Duane Lee "Dog" Chapman
Personal information
Full Name Duane Lee Chapman
Born (1953-02-03) February 3, 1953 (age 61)
Denver Colorado
Family
Career information
Occupation Bail bondsman, Bounty hunter
Affiliation Da Kine Bail Bonds
Media information
First appearance The Lost Dog Pilot
Last appearance Luck Be A Lady

Duane Lee "Dog" Chapman (born February 2, 1953 in Denver, Colorado) is an American Bounty hunter and a former bail bondsman. He stars in Dog the Bounty Hunter, a weekly reality television program which is broadcast on the A&E Network. Duane Chapman used to be an amateur boxer in his teens and early 20's, going by the name "Dog Lee", taken from his nickname and middle name.

In 1977 Chapman was sentenced to 5 years in prison and was remanded to Huntsville prison in Huntsville, Texas. He served 18 months of that 5 year sentence for the murder of Jerry Oliver in Pampa, Texas. Chapman maintains his innocence of murder but suggests he was a legal accessory for not reporting the shooting to the police. He was released on parole after serving 18 months in Huntsville Prison. Two of his co-defendants received probation and a third, their alleged shooter, received ten years in prison.

Bounty huntingEdit

Chapman's career in bounty hunting began when he was in court disputing child support. When he told the judge he did not have the money to pay, the judge offered him a deal to bring in a fugitive in exchange for the judge to pay part of Chapmans child support for Duane Lee Chapman and Leland Chapman. He started his first bondsman business in his hometown of Denver, Colorado before moving to Hawaii with five of his children: Leland Chapman, Duane Lee Chapman, Tucker Chapman,Lyssa and Barbara Kate. After his mother's death, he moved back to Colorado for a long stay to work alongside his sister, Jolene Chapman, who also started her own bail bond business on 'Bail Bond's Row'. Duane Chapman and his wife Alice Barmore (now known as Beth Chapman) soon joined with him on his bounties and business. Both moved back to Hawaii to open up another office in downtown Honolulu. This business has been extended to within Hawaii to the Big Island and Maui.

EducationEdit

""Fuck you. You never stuck up for me when you knew I was getting beaten at home. You never believed a word I said. I quit!""
—According the his book

Duane Chapman dropped out of his elementary school in Grade 7. Not much is known about his drop out from school. Duane never spoke of his parents beating him.



It would have been Junior High School.  In those days Elementary School was 1st - 6th Grade.  In fact, I believe he says was at Richel Junior High when he dropped out.

Andrew Luster arrest and fallout with Mexican governmentEdit

On June 18, 2003, Chapman made news with his hunt and capture of Max Factor cosmetics heir Andrew Luster, who at the time was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Luster had fled the United States in the middle of his trial for drugging and raping a number of women, and was convicted in absentia on 86 counts including multiple rape charges connected to assaults in 1996, 1997 and 2000. Chapman was assisted by his "hunt team", consisting of his son Leland and his associate, Tim Chapman. After Luster's jailing, Duane Chapman was interviewed for a documentary which was published on 2009 August 28 by Dominick Dunne on Power, Privilege, and Justice broadcast via the TruTV network.

On September 14, 2006, days prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations, Chapman, along with his son Leland Chapman and associate Tim Chapman, were arrested by United States Marshals and jailed in Honolulu on behalf of the Mexican government. Mexican authorities had charged all three with deprivation of liberty, involving the 2003 apprehension of Andrew Luster, because they had not handed Luster over to them. After not obtaining permission to leave the country in 2003, the Mexican Government declared Duane, Leland and Tim Chapman, fugitives from justice and tried to get them extradited to Mexico for sentencing. After spending one night in the federal detention center in Honolulu, Chapman told reporters:

""The federal marshals treated us with great respect. But let me tell you, you never want to go to a federal prison, because it's terrible.""
—Duane Chapman

The next day, September 15, 2006, Chapman appeared in a packed Honolulu courtroom with his ankles shackled. Although the judge agreed that the men were not a flight risk, he ordered that each wear an electronic monitoring device around the ankle. The three men were released on bail ($300,000 for Duane Chapman, $100,000 each for Leland Chapman and Tim Chapman). They were also ordered to wear an electronic ankle bracelet for house arrest.

Beth Chapman was detained and had a hearing after she was caught wearing an A&E body microphone when entering the courthouse for their bond hearing; electronic recording devices are prohibited by law from being carried into federal courthouses.She was released after explaining that she "didn't know they had the mic and transmitter"; the judge was satisfied that no recording was done.

Chapman was fighting extradition in September 2006. His lead attorney Brook Hart reportedly planned to argue that although the charge Chapman faced is a misdemeanor in Mexico, when translated into English it became a felony (kidnapping) under American law. An extradition hearing was set for November 16, 2006, where both sides were to present evidence and witnesses. Chapman has speculated that his arrest was due in part to a possible prisoner exchange agreement between the Mexican and American authorities. According to Chapman, the federal agents 'sold him out', by trading him in for a convicted Mexican drug lord. Duane, Leland, and Tim had their ankle bracelets removed so they could work.

On October 11, 2006, reports surfaced of an open letter dated September 26, 2006, sent on Chapmans behalf by 29 Republican Congressmen to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The letter stated the authors' opposition to Chapmans extradition and requested that Rice deny Mexico's request for same. Subsequently on October 20, 2006, lawyers for Chapman said that the Mexican federal court had granted them an order that halted the criminal case against the bounty hunter until further evidence and witness testimony were gathered.

A court hearing was held on December 22, 2006. The original hearing was postponed because a report from a lower court was not yet received. The court heard both sides of the story, and then decided to recess. Then court proceedings started on January 16, 2007 and the court had up to Tuesday, February 6, 2007 but the deadline was extended.

On February 16, 2007, a Mexican Federal court cleared the way for Duane Chapman to be extradited, ruling there was no reason not to try him with the charge of deprivation of liberty in Mexico. They also added that Mr. Chapman would not last five days in a Mexican prison. In response, on February 23, Hawaii State Representatives Gene Ward, Karen Awana, Rida Cabanilla, Lynn Finnegan, Barbara Marumoto, Colleen Meyer, Kymberly Pine, Joe Bertram,Ken Ito, Marylin Lee, and John Mizuno introduced 'House concurrent resolution 50',

""Requesting the President of Mexico and the Second District Court of Guadalajara to drop extradition charges against TV Bounty Hunter, Duane 'Dog' Chapman"."
—{{{2}}}

Chapman, along with his lawyer, William C. Bollard, has appeared on numerous media shows. Some of these include: Larry King Live, Greta Van Susteren, Mark and Mercedez Morning Show on Mix 94.1 KMXB in Las Vegas, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet.

On March 7, 2007, legislators in the International Affairs Committee of the Hawaii State House passed a resolution that asks the Mexican government to drop the extradition proceedings against Duane, Leland and Tim Chapman.

Honolulu news outlet KHNL reported on August 1, 2007 that the arrest warrant issued for Chapman and his associates may now be invalidated, as a Mexican court has found that the statute of limitations regarding the arrest has expired. The 15-page legal order was released in Spanish and was translated and verified for legal acuity. The case against the bounty hunters may still be open to legal recourse by Mexican prosecutors.

On August 2, 2007, the First Criminal Court in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, dismissed all criminal charges pending against Duane, Tim and Leland Chapman on the grounds that the statute of limitations had expired. The order effectively canceled all pending charges. The ruling, however, was appealed by the prosecution in order to overturn the lower court's decision. A&E was told that in Mexico, rulings against the prosecution are generally appealed as a matter of principle.

On November 5, 2007, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren dismissed the extradition attempt, saying that even though the cases were appealed, the trio are no longer charged with any offenses.

Racial slur, and hiatus of TV showEdit

In March 2007, during a taped conversation[22][23] with his son Tucker, Chapman used strong language, including the word "nigger," when referring to Monique Shinnery, his son's African-American girlfriend:

"“Duane "Dog" Chapman: I don't care if she's a Mexican, a whore or whatever. It's not because she's black, it's because we use the word nigger sometimes here. I'm not gonna take a chance ever in life of losing everything I've worked for for 30 years because some fucking nigger heard us say nigger and turned us in to the Enquirer magazine. Our career is over! I'm not taking that chance at all! Never in life! Never! Never! If Lyssa [Dog's daughter] was dating a nigger, we would all say 'fuck you!' And you know that. If Lyssa brought a black guy home, ya da da... it's not that they're black, it's none of that. It's that we use the word nigger. We don't mean you fucking scum nigger without a soul. We don't mean that shit. But America would think we mean that. And we're not taking a chance on losing everything we got over a racial slur because our son goes with a girl like that. I can't do that, Tucker. You can't expect Gary, Bonnie, Cecily, all them young kids to [garbled] because 'I'm in love for 7 months' - fuck that! So, I'll help you get another job but you cannot work here unless you break up with her and she's out of your life. I can't handle that shit. I got 'em in the parking lot trying to record us. I got that girl saying she's gonna wear a recorder...

Tucker Chapman: "I don't even know what to say.""

—{{{2}}}


The audiotape, which Tucker sold to the National Enquirer, was posted online on October 31, 2007, and prompted a coalition of civil rights leaders to call for Chapmans popular Dog the Bounty Hunter show on A&E to be canceled. After the tape was made public, A&E announced it was suspending production for the series pending an investigation. Conservative civil rights leader Roy Innis said that Chapman "should not have a show."

On October 31, 2007, Chapman issued a public apology:

{{Quote|"My sincerest, heartfelt apologies go out to every person I have offended for my regrettable use of very inappropriate language. I am deeply disappointed in myself for speaking out of anger to my son and using such a hateful term in a private phone conversation. It was completely taken out of context. I was disappointed in his choice of a friend, not due to her race, but her character. However, I should have never used that term. I have the utmost respect and aloha for black people – who have already suffered so much due to racial discrimination and acts of hatred. I did not mean to add yet another slap in the face to an entire race of people who have brought so many gifts to this world. I am ashamed of myself and I pledge to do whatever I can to repair this damage I have caused. You see, I live in Hawaii, and we just don't get a whole lotta black people down here in the Aloha State.

"In Hawaii, we have something called Ho'oponopono, where people come together to resolve crises and restore peace and balance. I am meeting with my spiritual advisor, Rev. Tim Storey, and hope to meet with other black leaders so they can see who I really am and teach me the right thing to do to make things right, again.

"I know that all of my fans are deeply disappointed in me, as well, as I have tried to be a model for doing the right thing. I did not do the right thing this time, and hope you will forgive me. We learn from our mistakes, as my story of overcoming a life of crime has proven, and I will learn from this one for the rest of my life."??

On November 2, 2007, A&E announced it is removing the show from their schedule "for the foreseeable future." On the same day Yum Brands announced pulling ad support for the TV series.

On December 21, 2007, Roy Innis, the chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality, one of the first to call the A&E network to have the show taken off the air, met with Alicia Colon of The New York Sun and Chapman. Innis stated for the daily newspaper, "After meeting with him and his wife, Beth, and hearing his side of the story, we realized that the controversy had unjustly spiraled out of control without context. Duane has taken ownership of the damage of his words and has taken on the responsibility of being a racial healer for our country... I have been with this man several times and had extensive dialogues with him. I consider him and his wife good friends. Duane is a changed man and has a higher purpose. Popular television is a wasteland of meaningless titillation and degradation. The Dog's potential to take his celebrity and turn it into something redeeming for our culture and society is immense. It is for these reasons that we want his television show back on the air."

Renewal of showEdit

Innis' December 2007 statement and a petition with over 40,000 signatures requested the return of Chapmans program. On February 19, 2008, A&E announced that the show would return. Reruns of Dog The Bounty Hunter, along with never before seen episodes from season 4, began airing on June 25, 2008. New episodes (the show's fifth season) began airing on July 16, 2008.

The show is currently into its sixth season, the last new episode of which aired September 9, 2009.

HobbiesEdit

Duane Chapman used to be an amateur boxer in his teens and early 20's, going by the name "Dog Lee", taken from his nickname and middle name. Dog enjoys weight training, as evidenced by the Bosco episode, during which Dog's workout regimen is featured.

Duane Lee "Dog" Chapman also as a hobby studies Native American History.

Family and relationshipsEdit

SpousesEdit

  • La Fonda Sue Honeycutt: Chapman married La Fonda Sue Honeycutt on April 1, 1972, in Texas; they divorced October 27 1977 while he was in prison. They have two children together, Duane Lee Chapman and Leland Chapman. Duane did not see Duane Lee and Leland for 8 years. After he got out of prison it took a very long time for Leland and Duane Lee to trust Dog and and to bond with him.
  • Lyssa Rae Brittain: Chapman married Lyssa Rae Brittain on June 22, 1982. They were divorced on November 20, 1991. They have three children; Barbara-Katie Chapman, Tucker Dee Chapman, and Lyssa Rae Chapman. After the divorce they had a son,Nicholas. Though he is not officially listed on the birth certificate as the father, he takes responsibility as being the biological father of Nicholas. Barbara Katie was killed in a traffic accident while riding in a stolen vehicle in 2006 at the age of 24.
  • Tawny Marie Gillespie: Chapman and Tawny Marie were married, but "officially separated in 1994." They had no children together. Tawny had a daughter from a previous marriage.
  • Beth Smith-Chapman: Chapman married his fifth wife Beth Smith-Chapman on May 20, 2006, at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii. They have two children together; Bonnie Jo Chapman and Garry Chapman. Beth has two children from previous relationships, Dominic and Cecily Barmore.
  • Chapman also has two other biological children born to different mothers. He does not have custody of either of them.
  • He also has a son born in July 1969 Christopher Hecht, with the late Debbie White whom he never married. Christopher was adopted by Keith Hecht and Gloria Hecht at 6 years of age after the death of his mother by suicide in 1978.

GalleryEdit

ChildrenEdit

  • Christopher Hecht
  • Duane Lee Chapman II
  • Leland Blaine Chapman
  • Zebadiah Duane Chapman (deceased)
  • James "J.R." Chapman
  • Wesley Chapman
  • Tucker Dee Chapman
  • "Baby" Lyssa Rae Chapman
  • Nicholas
  • Cecily Barmore-Chapman (adopted).
  • Bonnie Jo Chapman
  • Garry Chapman

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