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Duane Chapman was born on 1st February, 1953 to Wesley Chapman, a Navy welder and boxer and
Barbara Chapman, a minister for the Assemblies of God. He was the oldest of the four kids. His
character was shaped by his two very different parents. While his father was allegedly abusive, he
credited his mother for helping him to find the path to God. Duane grew up in a tough neighborhood
and was frequently beaten up in school, which led to his dropping out of school.

Early Crimes

At the age of 15, he joined a nearby motorcycle gang The Devil's Disciples, which committed many
legal offenses. However to his credit, he mostly refrained from crimes that conflicted along with his
mother's teachings. This shred of integrity earned him the name Dog. By the time he was two
decades old, he was arrested 18 times for armed robbery. A drug deal gone bad in Texas in 1977,
got him convicted for murder and he was sentenced for 5 years of hard labor in prison.

Based on Chapman, a glimpse of a church group meeting reminded him of his mother's teachings
and helped in his decision to amend his ways. While in prison, he helped catch an escaping convict.
He was a well-behaved inmate and was paroled after 2 yrs for this. After prison he found it difficult to
obtain a job so that as per a judge's ruling he owed $200 in daughter or son support payments. This
particular judge made a deal, he agreed to produce a payment to Duane if he helped catch a fugitive.
Duane's success in this got him some more similar jobs that light emitting diode him becoming a full-
time bounty hunter.

Career as a Bounty Hunter

Chapman started his business in his hometown Denver, before moving to Hawaii along with his
family. He ran his business as a family enterprise. He included yet another bounty hunter Tim
Chapman, Alice Elizabeth Smith (presently married to Duane Chapman) and different members of his
family and friends.

In 1980, he met Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker who was quite impressed by the effort Duane
had shown in changing his life for the better. Robbins mentioned him in his book Awake the Giant
Within. Based on Chapman, he has made over 6, 000 captures without firing an individual bullet. As
an ex-con, he comprehended the issues faced after prison and so not merely he helped capture the
felons but made a critical effort to rehabilitate them.

In June 2003, Chapman captured the Max Factor heir Andrew Luster, who was convicted in absentia
by the American court, for drugging and raping a few women and fleeing to Mexico. Chapman and his
team refused to handover Andrew Luster to the Mexican police. Therefore , the latter charged them
for breaking extradition laws and declared them fugitives, for leaving the nation without obtaining
permission from the presiding judge. This put Duane Chapman in the spotlight and got him their own
Tv show. On November 5, 2007, US Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren dismissed the extradition

Dog the Bounty Hunter Tv show
Duane's show Dog the Bounty Hunter became the highest-rated Tv show, but was not clear of
controversies. In March 2007, an audiotape containing a racially abusive conversation between his
son Tucker and himself in regards to the former's African-American girlfriend was made public,
forcing A&E to cancel the show.

Chapman issued a public apology for "regrettable use of very inappropriate language" on November
1, 2007. A&E resumed airing the show from June 25, 2008 and it is presently in its 6th season. He
has also written a book It is possible to Run, However, you Can not Hide, where he has chronicled his
journey from being truly a convict to a bounty hunter.

Family Life

Duane married and divorced five times before re-marrying Alice Elizabeth Smith (Beth Chapman), for
the sixth time. He has 13 kids of which two are forget about. Zebediah died shortly after birth in1980
and in 2006, Barbara Katie was killed in a traffic accident at the age of 24.

Duane Chapman's life is a roller coaster ride, from a school dropout to a convict who turned his life
around as a bounty hunter. Based on him the urge to commit violent crimes still lurks, but he hardly
any longer feels the need to exercise it.

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