Dog The Bounty Hunter And Beth Return To TV With Major News


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Dog and Beth Chapman began their relationship when she was only 19 in 1986. The lovebirds have shared quite a rocky life together, and have endured it all. How would they handle their biggest fight?

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Happy Wife, Happy Life

For Beth and Dog, life was not entirely linear. Although they met in 1986, they would embark on a long on-again, off-again relationship. Even their first encounter was short on good vibes. Beth had foolishly walked out of a grocery store to take a phone call with a lemon in her hand. She was stopped for shoplifting and also had an unregistered gun in her pocket. Her dad called Dog to bail her out. When she met him at his office, she knew she wanted him.

Happy Wife, Happy Life

Unfortunate Timing

Dog was enamored by her immediately even though he admits that she was “too young for me.” Even if he was tempted to chase after her, he had something at home holding him back – a wife. At the time, he was married to Lyssa Rae Brittain with whom he had three children. Still, Beth was dead set on Dog – real name Duane Chapman. At one point, she stole a car so she could follow him around. The police didn’t like that and arrested her.

Unfortunate Timing

Behind Bars To Bail Bonds

After Beth came back from jail, Dog’s marriage to Lyssa Rae Brittain had ended. However, he had a new woman in his life – his secretary Tawny Marie. With Dog distracted by another woman, Beth began referring her co-inmates to Dog for bail bond services. Once she got out, Beth took the bail license exam. She claims to have done so to win his heart. Dog still married Tawny Marie, but Beth became the youngest Coloradan to receive a bail license.

Behind Bars To Bail Bonds

Not So Holy Matrimony

As Beth began her bail bonds career, Dog married Tawny Marie in 1992. However, it did not go smoothly. Dog 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.” They divorced in 1994.

Not So Holy Matrimony

Love The One You’re With

Throughout this time, although there was nothing official between them, Dog and Beth maintained a relationship. After Dog’s marriage to Tawny, Beth married Keith Barmore, a friend of Dog’s. Apparently, nothing could keep them apart, and they continued to see each in private, sneaking around their spouses. In addition to seeing each other privately, Beth began taking on cases which she knew would lead to her calling Dog to track down those that had skipped bail.

Love The One You’re With

A Downward Dog

After separating from his wife, Dog received terrible news in 1995 – his mother had died. He took the news hard and found himself in a cycle of substance abuse and health problems. With his life in shambles and a new girlfriend that enabled his self-destructive behaviors, Dog did the only thing that he thought would help. He called Beth. Without hesitation, she caught a flight from Denver to Hawaii. Her first move was to kick his girlfriend out of the house.

A Downward Dog

Sending The Help Away

In theory, Beth should have been the perfect person to drag Dog out his spiral. In reality, he did not react well to her tough love. He eventually kicked her out of the house, so she packed her bags and went back to Denver and didn’t speak to him for six months. Dog said, “I lost track of everything that was important in my life. I didn’t care about work, my business, or myself.”

Sending The Help Away

A Hollywood Tale In The Making

Dog moved to Denver to be close to his family and tried to avoid Beth. He failed. Dog said, “One day, we were both standing in the alley behind the houses on bail bonds row. It was like a scene from a movie. I looked at her and she at me. By the time Beth got to the back of the alley, I was already by her side. I grabbed her and put the most passionate kiss on her.”

A Hollywood Tale In The Making

Moving In

Before long, Dog and his kids had moved in with Beth. Dog was still dealing with his substance abuse and had an additional issue with kidney stones. With Beth by his side, though, Dog was able to maintain some normalcy in his life. They began working together during this time. He said, “If Beth hadn’t saved me, I’m not sure I would have survived those years.” Soon enough, Dog was clean, and their business was booming.

Moving In

Getting His Break

The bail bond business was doing very well by 2003. As an expert in the field, Dog began fielding media inquiries about Andrew Luster, a high profile fugitive. On June 18, 2003, Dog, with his sons, Leland and Tim, captured Luster in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Although they were bringing in a man convicted of 86 counts including multiple rapes and assaults, the Chapman boys encountered an issue at the border. They were all thrown in a Mexican jail together.

Getting His Break

Slightly Hypocritical

Thanks to Beth’s efforts to alert the US media, the Chapmans were released on bail. However, they fled Mexico and became international bail jumpers. It’s ironic that Dog became exactly the type of person he chased after. Bounty hunting was illegal in Mexico, and they were charged with deprivation of liberty (of Andrew Luster). After a nearly two year legal battle, the US and Mexican courts dropped any attempts to try or extradite the Chapman men.

Slightly Hypocritical

Neglected Home Life

Finding Andrew Luster consumed Dog. For six months, it was all he could think about. Naturally, it affected his life with Beth. She said, “We’ve been researching for him. We ate, slept and drank this person for six months. I’ve hardly seen my husband. He missed Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day.” Life at home was not peachy, but fortunately for the Chapmans, a massive windfall was right around the corner. Soon, they would be stars.

Neglected Home Life

TV, Here We Come

Right before Dog went searching for Luster, he filmed the pilot to his new television, Dog The Bounty Hunter. The show debuted in 2003 on A&E and depicted Dog and Beth’s lives as a family and as bail bonds business owners. They quickly became household names as everything about them became thrust into the spotlight. Both Dog and Beth ate up the attention. They shared all details of their lives no matter how personal they were.

TV, Here We Come

Ringing The Church Bells

Nearly twenty years after they first met, Dog proposed to Beth in Las Vegas. “If time wasn’t a factor, I would have married her in a tacky Vegas chapel that night. To this day, Beth still isn’t convinced I would have gone through with it,” Dog said. If he had gotten to the courthouse on time, they could have made it happen. They eventually settled on May 20, 2006, for their wedding day. Only if life was that easy for Dog and Beth.

Ringing The Church Bells

A Terrible Tragedy

Dog and Beth prepared to have their wedding shown on the show. However, the day before they were supposed to say “I do,” Barbara Katy Chapman, Dog’s daughter from his third marriage, died in a car accident. B.K. was by her home in Fairbanks, Alaska instead of Hawaii for the wedding as she dealt with her own problems with substance abuse. Dog, Beth, and Dog’s ten children made the tough decision to carry on with the wedding and celebrate B.K.’s life in addition to their love.

A Terrible Tragedy

A Fifth And Final Wedding

After four failed marriages, Duane married Beth at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii. Although Beth asked him to wear a tuxedo to match her wedding gown, Dog instead donned a white leather vest with white jeans, and boots. Instead of rings, the couple exchanged dog tags. The inscription said, “Dog & Beth. Captured. May 20, 2006. Of course, Dog could not stay away from his work even on his wedding day. He reportedly worked into the night of their rehearsal dinner.

A Fifth And Final Wedding

RIP Beth

On June 26th, after long battle with cancer, Beth Chapman passed away and left Dog and their family behind. The loss was absolutely heartbreaking for Dog and just a few days later, at the memorial service, he opened up for the first time since her passing. “After my mom died, I said well, ‘My mom is in the Earth’… In my tribe, we believe she becomes part of the Earth, the sea, the sky and the rain,” he said. “Beth is going to be placed here too.”

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RIP Beth

End Of An Era

The Chapman family had plenty of internal disagreements. In 2012, Dog’s sons Duane Lee and Leland quit the show. Duane Lee was caught on camera telling Beth, “You want me fired, you gotta fire me.” Both Duane Lee and Leland then cut off ties with the family to start their own company in Hawaii. More bad news came later that year. After eight seasons, Dog the Bounty Hunter was canceled by A&E. However, reality TV was not done with them just yet.

End Of An Era

Loose Lips Sink Ships

As a reality star, Dog was known for speaking his mind often. However, he got in some hot water in 2007 following a private phone call with his son. In the phone call, which was leaked to the press, Dog became angry when talking about his son’s African-American girlfriend. He used a racial slur in the heat of the moment which was met with public outcry. A&E suspended the show, and Dog issued a public apology.

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Support From An Unlikely Source

With his show’s future up in the air, Dog received support from the least likely of people. In December 2007, the chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality Roy Innis met with Dog and a reporter to set the story straight. Innis lobbied A&E to bring back the show after calling Dog “a changed man.” He claimed that Dog could “take his celebrity and turn it into something redeeming for our culture and society.” The show was back on that February.

Support From An Unlikely Source

Protecting His Family

Even though his previous marriages did not work out, Duane was still devoted to his family. In one instance, he became heavily involved in a custody battle for his grandson. His late daughter B.K. had married a man named Travis Mimms. Dog believed that he was abusing their child. Mimms admitted to harshly disciplining the boy following some incidents at school. Dog eventually won custody of his grandson when a tape revealed an abusive incident with Mimms.

Protecting His Family

Back In The Game

Even amid their internal family strife, Dog and Beth came back to television with Dog and Beth: On The Hunt. Even Leland and Duane Lee came back for the show. This time around, Dog and Beth put their years in the bail bonds industry to use helping failing agencies across America. They gave advice on various aspects of the business and assisted in capturing those that had skipped on bail. It premiered in September 2012.

Back In The Game

Big Shot Beth

After three seasons on CMT with Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, the lovebirds decided to call it quits. They had a long and successful career on television but decided it was time to focus on their private lives actually being private. Part of that was working as activists within the bail industry. Beth decided to run for president of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States. Incredibly, she won the role and now leads the organization which represents 15,000 bail agents.

Big Shot Beth

Money, Money, Money

Even amidst all of their personal problems as a couple and as individuals, Dog and Beth have done an incredible job of establishing themselves. The couple has amassed quite a nice fortune during their years together. Through their show and their business, Dog and Beth have a net worth of $10 million. They have both appeared in other forms of media as well. Dog wrote a memoir in 2007 which became a New York Times best seller.

Money, Money, Money

A Major Announcement

For decades, Beth and Duane have made their name in the bail bonds industry. Dog brought in one of the most notorious fugitives and went to jail himself for it. They continued their line of work even after their television series ended until something forced their hand. No longer could they focus on the everyday minutia behind the bail bonds business. Everything they knew had suddenly been flipped upside down, and they needed each other to overcome it.

A Major Announcement

Being There For Beth

In early 2017, Beth heard the worst news of her life – she had been diagnosed with throat cancer. Beth endured a 13-hour surgery to have the tumor removed. However, Beth knew that her fight was not over. She also knew that she could not do it alone. Beth needed the help of Dog and her family but also needed support from elsewhere. Beth decided that she wanted to chronicle her battle with cancer for their devoted audience.

Being There For Beth

Getting Back On TV

Beth was adamant about airing her struggle. She said, “We’ve shared the ups and downs of this family with our fans for the last 15 years of our lives. So it made perfect sense that we should share something so intimate with them as well… The amount of love and support and genuine outpouring of grace our fans have shown has helped us get through some of the darkest moments of our lives right now.”

Getting Back On TV

Give The People What They Want

Dog revealed Beth’s reasoning for the special episode. He said, “She was like, ‘I’ve got to show them how to beat this Big Daddy! I’ve shown them how to capture fugitives, how to give second chances, I’ve got to show them how to beat this. I just was stunned.” With her blessing, A&E aired Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives. It captured everything from her doctor’s visits, how they told the family, her surgery, and the recovery.

Give The People What They Want

Dealing With Difficult Times

He’s dealt with personal issues in the past, but Beth’s diagnosis really hit Dog hard. “She woke up once in the middle of the night, and she’s like, ‘Honey, I’m gonna die.’ I said, ‘No, you’re not gonna die, and I’m not gonna hear that’…It just makes all those moments that you shared the love a lot more real when that could be what you’re left with: just the moments. It was hard as s–t.”

Dealing With Difficult Times

Moving Forward

After the whole ordeal, Dog and Beth announced a significant change in their lives – they would be leaving the bail bonds and bounty hunting business. On what he would do next, Dog said, “I think it’d have to be something in law enforcement. It’s just amazing; we’re taking it day to day, it’s amazing she’s alive. We’re so glad that people prayed to God, there’s a God. I made some deals with him this time. I made some good deals. I just thank God he’s still with us.”

Moving Forward