We see it in movies such as Star Wars and Django Unchained, and we hear about the profession from back when the country was first getting started.
But what exactly is bounty hunting? Well, bounty hunting is when a person looks for a person with a bounty on their head, and so people will go out and find them. A person is arrested and wants to post bail. However, the bail is too expensive for the person to pay so they go to a bail bondsman.
The bail bondsman gives the suspect a lone in order to pay their bail. The suspect will then leave the jailhouse and will await trial at home. However, should the suspect leave and not show up for their court date, then the bail bondsman will have to pay the entirety of the bail. Considering that most bail bondsmen do not want to have to do this, they will hire a bounty hunter.
The bounty hunter makes his money by taking a cut of the bail. There are just two countries on planet earth where bounty hunting is still legal; the United States and the Philippines. The most famous bounty hunter of our times is Dog the Bounty Hunter. He will travel anywhere and everywhere to capture the bad guys. But he himself has a checkered past that enables him to know how to think like them. This is his story. He was born in Denver, Colorado to a father who made money by boxing as well as welding for the United States Navy.
That is the reason that Duane identifies so much with Native American heritage, and why he always sports an eagle feather in his hair. However, this claim has aroused controversy, with many Native Americans in the United States claiming that Duane is not actually a part of them and just using them for marketing. Rough beginnings Duane Chapman had a very rough life in the beginning. His father was a tough man who was not afraid to use physical force when disciplining his children.
The family grew up in a very modest household where there sometimes was not enough for everyone. This rough and tumble lifestyle led Duane to drop out of school in the seventh grade by the time he was just 13 years old. Armed robbery Chapman would go on to join a motorcycle gang after dropping out of school.
This gang took him away from the morals his mother tried to instill in him. While in that immoral vacuum, he took to a life of crime, being arrested approximately 18 times for various alleged armed robberies. He kept up this fast lifestyle always thinking he could get ahead and continue to be reckless. He even got married to a woman named La Fonda Sue Honeycutt, with whom he had a child. He was with a friend who was trying to buy drugs from a man.
Allegedly, as Duane was sitting in the car waiting for the deal to go down when his friend shot and killed the man. Duane was arrested and convicted of first degree murder, and sentenced to five years at the Texas State Penitentiary. Divorced He was doing hard labor for the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas when he was informed that his wife of five years La Fonda was keen on divorcing him.
The two got the divorce, and La Fonda kept Duane child. Talk about getting stabbed in the back. According to the reports and according to Duane himself, he ran up to the prisoner and tackled him before the jail wardens could get a shot off at him. The jail wardens saw Duane tackle the prisoner and rewarded him by taking him off of hard labor and turning him into a barber for the prison warders. It was there that the wardens talked to him about becoming a bounty hunter.
Child support The day had finally come. After serving just a year and a half out of a five year sentence, Duane Chapman was once again a free man. And a career was born. Bounty hunters have been around since the beginning of the United States. Sometimes called bail enforcement agents, their job is to track down people who have paid bail and left town. The bounty hunter will then track down the bailee for a bail bondsman and bring the person back.
The bounty hunter will then be paid by the bail bondsman a percentage of the bail. The search for Luster Duane first burst onto the national stage for his bounty hunting when searching for a man named Andrew Luster. Luster was the heir to a cosmetics fortune, but was wanted for allegedly slipping unwanted substances to women and then having his way with them as they were sleeping.
After paying his one million dollar bail, Luster skipped town and fled. Duane decided to give chase, finding Luster hiding in Mexico under a fake name. Escape to Mexico Charged with years in prison in absentia for taking advantage of over 80 women in this manner, Andre Luster went to Puerto Vallarta to escape US authorities. However, Duane and his crew found him and prepared to take him back to the United States. It turns out that Duane had forgotten one crucial detail — bounty hunting was illegal in Mexico.
Running from the Federales Duane, a bail bondsman and bounty hunter himself, paid the bail to get out of Mexican prison for both himself as well as his crew and as soon as they were able to leave the prison gate, they high-tailed it back to the United States.
This all of a sudden made them Mexican fugitives, and the Mexican government wanted the United States government to extradite them back. Their charge — felony kidnapping. Luster meanwhile was extradited to the US where he was put in jail. He was caught just days before the statute of limitations for his crime in Mexico was up.
Duane alleges that he was to be used in a prisoner exchange between the United States and Mexican governments. Duane had gained national attention which only made the Mexican government want him more. Meanwhile, the United States wanted a drug lord being held by Mexico, and the two countries wanted to trade. He then eventually got his own television program which ran for eight seasons called Dog the Bounty Hunter.
A match made in heaven Duane Chapman and his most recent wife Beth Chapman used run a bail bonds company. Beth would run all of the office work while Duane was the one who would actively go out and try to catch the people who ran from bail. Their show Dog the Bounty Hunter, which ran for nearly episodes, was one of the highest rated shows on television.
It would eventually spawn a second show called Dog and Beth: The first child he had was kept secret from him and was spawned from a relationship he had when he was a teenager. He is in close contact with the majority of his children, but there are several who have caused him grief, especially since two of them have already passed away.
Tragedy and joy When Beth and Duane were getting married, all the preparations were set and ready to go. They had booked the beautiful Hilton Waikoloa Village which is located on the big island of Hawaii. However, one of his daughters who was living in Fairbanks, Alaska at the time, died in a car crash the night before the wedding, having been inebriated and stolen a vehicle.
Duane discovered that his son Tucker was dating a woman of African American descent, and Duane did not like that. Duane publicly apologized, and the show went on. Lyssa goes rogue Duane likes to conduct his business as a family affair, and for that reason he took on his daughter Lyssa Chapman to help him when carrying out arrests. She was banging loudly on a door trying to get into a home in Honolulu at 3: She was then arrested.
Sent all over Despite the fact that Beth and Duane are based in Hawaii, they sent their sons out all over the United States in order to help out other bail bondsmen who have clients who fled for Dog and Beth: It was on the air for a total of three seasons, and has over 45 episodes. However, the show ended when Dakota fell out with his father Duane and when Leland said that he wanted to move and start anew in Alabama.
Therefore, whenever Duane goes out on a hunt to catch a fugitive criminal, he must do it bare handed. He relies on his strength as well as his cunning to go after the bad guys.
However, he does have a crew, none of whom are convicted felons, and they have guns. Warrant out for Beth Beth Chapman herself got into a little bit of trouble over her mouth.
She was out in Colorado with her children on a fishing trip when some teenagers speeding in a car nearly hit them. Beth yelled at them and cursed at them and one of the teens allegedly brought out a gun, so Beth called the police. However, there is one issue that Beth certainly did not know about — in Colorado it is illegal to curse at someone. Bail Bond lobbying Bail bonding is hard work and under threat from legislation all the time.
Being perhaps the most famous bail bondsman and bounty hunting couple in the United States, Beth Chapman was recently elected to be the new President of the National Bail Bonds Association. Meanwhile Duane is a lobbyist for the Bail Bonds Association, most recently lobbying the Idaho state legislature to not put forth legislation which would harm the industry. Barfights While searching for a fugitive in Breckenridge, Colorado, the person behind the bar asked Duane who he was looking for.
Eventually, Dog and his crew got bored of the scuffle and left empty handed. In a rage of passion, he began to beat up the other man, and then beat his girlfriend, breaking several bones in her face and rupturing internal organs. No matter, as he is able to get around this loophole very easily. Anyone who has ever been hit by a paintball gun knows that those little balls of paint sure do hurt. They are enough to stop a low level, common miscreant. However, for someone who is tougher and a little bit crazier, Dog has something else up his sleeve: These pepper balls are just like paint balls, but instead of paint they are filled with pepper spray.
Born seven months before his father first went to prison, he began skipping school and even joined a gang before he was 13 years old. His mother, La Fonda, eventually put him in a foster home saying that she could not control him. Finally, Duane came and adopted him and helped him to become the functioning member of society he is today. Career ending injury Leland Chapman was a professional boxer and Mixed Martial Arts fighter, and used to train with a good friend of his named Sonny Westbrook.
However, he injured his left knee while he was training and was forced to wear a knee brace for a long time.