Duane Lee Chapman, commonly known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, was born on February 2, 1953, and is an American television personality, bounty hunter, and former bail bondsman.
Chapman was convicted of first-degree murder in 1976 and sentenced to five years in prison in Texas.
He had been waiting in a getaway vehicle as his accomplice shot and murdered Jerry Oliver, 69, following a fight during a cannabis purchase. Chapman served 18 months in Huntsville, Texas, at the Texas State Penitentiary.
Chapman gained international recognition as a bounty hunter with his 2003 capture of Max Factor heir Andrew Luster in Mexico. The following year, A&E gave him his series, Dog the Bounty Hunter (2004-2012).
After Dog the Bounty Hunter ended, Chapman and his wife and business partner, the late Beth Chapman, participated in CMT’s Dog and Beth: On the Hunt (2013-2015), a similarly styled show. Late in 2019, his most recent series, Dog’s Most Wanted, premiered on WGN America.
Dog the Bounty Hunter Early life
Chapman was born on February 2, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, to Wesley Duane Chapman (1930–2000), a welder (during Dog’s childhood) who later became a bail bondsman (after Dog started)with Aaron Bail Bonds and Barbara Darlene Chapman (née Cowell; 1934–1994), an Assemblies of God minister(more specifically, a Sunday school teacher).
His three siblings are Jolene Kaye Martinez (née Chapman; 1955–2016), Michael Chapman, and Paula Hammond (née Chapman). He is of German and English origin on his father’s side, while on his mother’s side, he is of English descent.
Chapman joined the illicit motorcycle organization Devils Disciples at age 15 and ran away from home.
Chapman was convicted of first-degree murder in 1976 and sentenced to five years in prison in Texas. He had been waiting in a getaway vehicle as his companion shot and murdered Jerry Oliver, 69, after a scuffle during a cannabis purchase transaction.
Chapman served 18 months in Huntsville, Texas, at the Texas State Penitentiary. His first wife, LaFonda, divorced him and married his best buddy while he was in prison. During his detention, he performed labor in the field and served as the warden’s barber.
In a 2007 interview with Fox News, Chapman said that while serving his term, he attacked an inmate who was going to be shot for attempting to escape, and a congratulatory comment from a prisons officer encouraged him to become a bounty hunter. Chapman was released from prison in January 1979.
Chapman is not licensed to own weapons and has been denied entrance to the United Kingdom due to his criminal record.
Police got the wrong suspect.
This week, police identified a suspect in the double slaying of two Utah newlyweds at a renowned campground in Moab, Utah.
However, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, who is also probing the murders of Crystal Turner and Kylen Schulte, stated on NewsNation’s “Prime” that police chose the incorrect individual.
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Adam Pinkusiewicz, a former coworker of Turner at a McDonald’s restaurant.
At the murder, Pinkusiewicz was listed as one of the “persons of interest.” According to authorities, he allegedly confessed to others that he murdered two women in Utah before leaving the state and committing suicide.
Chapman stated that he and his team questioned at least 100 individuals, with eight or nine individuals pointing to a single individual.
Chapman remarked, “It is not Adam.” Before their deaths, Turner and Schulte had contacted a friend to complain about a “creepy” man pestering them at the campsite, according to NewsNation station ABC4 in Utah.
Chapman stated that if the women had seen Pinkusiewicz, they would have identified him over the phone.
Chapman said, “The girls witnessed an oddball.” “They were aware of Adam. Today, we conducted other interviews. According to many who know Adam, he is not like that.”
Chapman stated that his suspect committed the murders of Turner and Schulte out of hatred.
Chapman stated, “Our suspect has a documented history of disliking individuals like that.” ABC4 said that Turner’s cousin claimed Pinkusiewicz, the sheriff’s suspect, was also homophobic and that he and Turner had a workplace altercation.
Friday, Grand County Sheriff Steven White emphasized that Pinkusiewicz is the focus of their investigation and that the case must be resolved before they can declare him the murderer.
White told ABC4: “If Dog has further information, I hope he would bring it to us so we can see if it’s folks we’ve previously spoken to about it.” We may have previously spoken with these individuals, but we won’t know if he doesn’t bring it to our attention.
Chapman stated on “Prime” that he would provide the FBI and the Sheriff’s Office with all of his team’s information. “From there, we’ll see what happens,” he remarked.