Andrew Luster On June 18, , Chapman made international news by capturing Andrew Luster , who had fled the United States in the middle of his trial on charges of drugging and raping a number of women. Luster had been convicted in absentia on 86 counts including multiple rape charges connected to assaults in , and The three bounty hunters captured Luster in Puerto Vallarta , Mexico , where he had been living under an assumed name. On their way to California, while still in Mexico, they were pulled over by Mexican police, and all four of them were jailed.
Once the authorities confirmed Luster's identity, he was sent to California to face his year sentence. Chapman and his team, still in the Mexican jail, were initially denied bail, but after his wife Beth alerted the media and aroused public opinion in the United States, they were granted bail.
Once out of jail on bail, they followed their attorney's advice and fled the jurisdiction, thereby becoming international bail-jumpers. On September 14, , days before 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.
Since they did not obtain permission to leave the country while out on bail in , the Mexican Government declared the three Chapmans 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: But let me tell you, you never want to go to a federal prison , because it's terrible. Chapman's lead attorney, Brook Hart, reportedly planned to argue that although the charge Chapman faced is a misdemeanor in Mexico,[ citation needed ] when translated into English it became a felony kidnapping under American law.
They insisted that Chapman had, in fact, been charged with a felony. An extradition hearing was set for November 16, According to Chapman, the federal agents "sold him out", by trading him in for a convicted Mexican drug lord. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The letter stated the authors' opposition to Chapman's extradition and requested that Rice deny Mexico 's request for same.
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, and the court had up to Tuesday, February 6, but the deadline was extended. On February 16, , a Mexican Federal court ruled that there was no reason not to try Chapman on the charge of deprivation of liberty in Mexico.
Bollard, appeared on numerous media shows. Some of these include: Honolulu news outlet KHNL reported on August 1, that the arrest warrant issued for Chapman and his associates might be invalidated, as a Mexican court had found that the statute of limitations regarding the arrest had expired. The page legal order was released in Spanish and was translated and verified for legal accuracy.
The order effectively cancelled all pending charges. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren dismissed the extradition attempt, saying that even though the cases were appealed, the trio are no longer charged with any crimes. Dog the Bounty Hunter[ edit ] Main article: Dog the Bounty Hunter Chapman, after decades of bounty hunting, was featured on Take This Job, a program about people with unusual occupations.
This led him and the show's production company to do a spin-off about his work in capturing bail fugitives, in particular Chapman's efforts in hunting down Max Factor cosmetics heir Andrew Luster in Puerto Vallarta , Mexico. By now Chapman's profile had come to the attention of the American public. On August 30, , the first series of Dog the Bounty Hunter made its television debut.
The theme song was performed by Ozzy Osbourne. It was cancelled after eight seasons in On the Hunt[ edit ] Main article: On the Hunt , features Chapman, his wife Beth, and Chapman's son Leland visiting failing bail bond agencies across the country, giving them advice on how to turn their businesses around, and assisting in the capture of their most wanted fugitives.
The book debuted at 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Chapman appeared with his wife Beth on the Criss Angel Mindfreak one-hour special. Dog tied Criss Angel up to a chair and lowered him into a hot tub.
After four minutes, Criss loosened the ties but could not fully free himself. Chapman appeared as himself in an episode of George Lopez , wherein George goes to his mother's neighborhood to pick up her pet dog and meets "Dog" instead. Duane makes additional cameos throughout Season 6 , with a recurring role in Season 7. Chapman has a cameo in the television film Sharknado: The 4th Awakens , as a chainsaw dealer.
Controversy[ edit ] In early October , Chapman gained negative public attention after a private phone conversation between him and his son, Tucker, was leaked to the media. The conversation was about the relationship his son was having with an African-American girl.
Chapman was heard to be angry and used the word " nigger " in the recording. Later Innis said, "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. Chapman was not aware of the child's existence, and Christopher was adopted after White's suicide.
Upon reaching adulthood, Christopher was reunited with his father when his grandmother contacted Chapman to tell him he had a grown son. Although the boys were not allowed to see their father for several years, they began rebuilding a relationship when they were 11 and 8 years old. Later, when they began getting into trouble as teenagers, Chapman obtained custody of them.
Chapman married Anne M. Tegnell on August 22, , in Colorado. They were divorced, according to court records, on August 5, Zebediah died shortly after birth in Chapman married Lyssa Rae Brittain on June 22, They were divorced on November 20, That marriage resulted in three children: Chapman retained custody of the children as they grew up, although the girls went to live with their mother as young teenagers.
Barbara Katie died in a car accident in Fairbanks , Alaska in , the day before her father's wedding to Beth Smith. Chapman and Tawny Marie were married in , but filed for divorce in Court records show they were officially divorced in Tawny had a daughter from a prior marriage, but no children with Chapman. Chapman later said, "Tawny coerced me into marrying her.
I told her I didn't want to marry her because I liked women too much to settle down I knew in my heart that marrying Tawny was a mistake. She was all wrong for me Despite my misgivings, I married Tawny It was a disaster from the start. Throughout the next decade, they had an on-and-off romantic relationship, even marrying others.
Beth has two children from previous relationships, Dominic Davis taken into state custody when Beth was 17 years old and Cecily Barmore-Chapman from her previous marriage to her first husband, who was Chapman's best friend in high school. In , Chapman and Beth joined forces in business and life, finally blending their families and moving in together. Beth runs the bail bonds office and goes bounty hunting with her husband, often counseling the detainees.
After 16 years together, they married on May 20, , at a Hilton hotel on Waikoloa Village in Hawaii. Dominic rejoined the family as an adult, when Chapman located him for Beth. Duane Lee and Leland severed all ties with their family. When Beth Chapman was diagnosed with throat cancer in early Duane decided to share her story with fans. Fight of Their Lives," which was premiered on November 27, Duane documented her doctor's visit, how Beth and Duane shared diagnosis with their family, the gruelling hour surgery to have a Stage 2 tumour removed and also the aftermath in September