LOS ANGELES – Eight months after the death of his wife Beth, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman is getting again to what he does greatest: looking down dangerous guys — and this time round, it is for his late spouse.
Chapman, 67, spoke to Fox Information in regards to the newest bond he is engaged on, which isn’t solely the largest bond Canine has had since his 2003 seize of convicted rapist Andrew Luster, however it’s additionally the final one Beth ever wrote.
“The bail they’ve set for him proper now could be $1.5 million,” Chapman mentioned of Kameron Lawhead, whom Beth initially wrote a bond for, however the quantity has since been elevated by a decide.
“He has vowed not to return to jail,” Chapman added. “You recognize, he needs to carry court docket on the street. And so we’ve the anvil and we’re prepared.”
With it being the ultimate bond Beth wrote, Chapman mentioned that this one is for her.
“My tears have turned to blood,” Canine mentioned.
“I am nonetheless going to mourn for the remainder of my life. However now it is time to separate the boys from the boys,” he continued. “So I introduced my males with me, my son and my two brothers. And this man has a really significant issue as soon as we catch him.”
When requested if it has been tough for him to stay simply as decided with out Beth, who starred alongside Dog on the A&E series for the show’s nearly 8-year run, Chapman admitted he needs she was right here by his aspect.
“She would at all times threaten me with: ‘Until you catch him, do not discuss to me tonight,'” Chapman recalled. “So I form of miss that, however I imagine within the hereafter, and I imagine that she’s in heaven, and I imagine that she might be serving to us out.”
“She was the glue that held our household collectively.”
“In fact, I might somewhat have her right here subsequent to me and by my aspect, however she form of is,” he mentioned of Beth, who died at the age of 51 in June 2019 following a battle with most cancers.
But when she have been right here right this moment, Chapman says that Beth would inform him this one line: “She’d say, ‘Huge Daddy, do not come residence with out him.'”
And though the household would do something to have Beth again of their lives, Chapman mentioned that his spouse’s passing has introduced the household nearer.
“I am by no means alone as a result of my brothers, my household, my daughters, they’re all with me. And I believe we have gotten, if this isn’t dangerous to say, however nearer, we’re a closer-knitted household,” Chapman shared.
He continued: “My brother mentioned we’ve an angel drone within the air. So this [bond] is particular. This one is so particular. And this may very well be the start of [Lawhead’s] finish.”
With regards to how he is doing, Chapman admits that generally it simply does not really feel actual that his spouse of 13 years is gone.
“I assume I am okay,” he mentioned. “You recognize, there are days whenever you simply cannot imagine it. It has been eight months now. The worst factor about it’s, it looks like it was yesterday. So allegedly, ‘time heals all wounds,’ however I do not know if time heals that massive of a wound, that massive of a reduce.”
Requested what he misses essentially the most about his love — with whom he had a romance that spanned over a number of many years — Chapman mentioned that “she was the glue that held our household collectively.”
“I believed I used to be,” he confessed. “So all of our household, all my household went in several instructions abruptly when she was gone. They’re coming again to the fold now.”
“So I miss her yelling at us,” Chapman added with amusing. “And her encouragement. However we’ve one thing to show now. You recognize, we’re the very best on the earth with regards to catching fugitives. Over 8,000 we’ve put away behind bars and within the bucket, so this one right here is, , the start of my new life, and it is simply unbelievable.”
In 2004, “Dog the Bounty Hunter” initially premiered on A&E, launching the couple into actuality TV stardom.
After a number of years collectively constructing their bail and bounty enterprise, Duane proposed to Beth in 2005 in Las Vegas, the place they virtually tied the knot however have been too late to the courthouse. They ended up marrying in Could 2006, however the wedding ceremony was bittersweet: The day earlier than their massive day, Duane’s daughter, Barbara Katy Chapman, died in a automobile accident close to her Alaska residence.
Right this moment, Chapman does not take the connection he has along with his household with no consideration and regardless of any public feuds — together with when his daughter Lyssa tore into family friend Moon Angell in response to a report that the 2 have been relationship — Canine mentioned that households simply have disagreements now and again.
“We have now a calling from God and we’re doing what we’re imagined to do: catch the dangerous guys.”
“Nicely, all the women are like, , have been mad,” Chapman mentioned. “All of the boys have been like, ‘Dad, no matter you assume, we’re behind you.’ The ladies are like, , ‘We hate them w—–s.’ I imply, they simply do not like every form of different stuff. And I attempt to inform them, ‘Daddy cannot simply be alone ceaselessly. You ladies have to grasp.'”
He continued: “In order that they’re, , beginning to come again and stuff. Households argue, that is what it is all about. I imply, when you have a household that by no means argues […] I do not know if that is not an American household. So the getting again collectively and the blessings at dinner and the prayers at evening and all that imply loads far more to all of us than it ever has.”
As for a way for much longer he’ll be catching dangerous guys for? “Nicely, I determine three to 4 extra years as a result of the easiest we’ll save for final,” Chapman mentioned.
“I can virtually learn their minds now,” he admitted. “I am loads higher than I used to be 40 years in the past […] We’re the best bounty looking group there has ever been. We outdid Eliot Ness. We outdid Billy the Child. We outdid all these outdated Western issues. And this can be a wild, wild enterprise.
“And, , we’re saddened proper now, however the pleasure is once we get the man, cuff him, get him within the automobile, perhaps give him a cigarette, discuss issues. And it simply brings you again to actuality that we’ve a calling from God and we’re doing what we’re imagined to do: catch the dangerous guys,” Chapman added.