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: searching down unhealthy guys — and this time round, it is for his late spouse.
Chapman, 67, spoke to Fox Information concerning 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, nevertheless it’s additionally the final one Beth ever wrote.
“The bail they’ve set for him proper now’s $1.5 million,” Chapman stated 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. “, he desires to carry courtroom on the street. And so we’ve the anvil and we’re prepared.”
With it being the ultimate bond Beth wrote, Chapman stated that this one is for her.
“My tears have turned to blood,” Canine stated.
“I am nonetheless going to mourn for the remainder of my life. However now it is time to separate the lads 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 troublesome 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 facet.
“She would all the time threaten me with: ‘Until you catch him, do not speak to me tonight,'” Chapman recalled. “So I type of miss that, however I imagine within the hereafter, and I imagine that she’s in heaven, and I imagine that she will likely be serving to us out.”
“She was the glue that held our household collectively.”
“In fact, I would relatively have her right here subsequent to me and by my facet, however she type of is,” he stated of Beth, who died at the age of 51 in June 2019 following a battle with most cancers.
But when she had been right here at the moment, Chapman says that Beth would inform him this one line: “She’d say, ‘Large Daddy, do not come residence with out him.'”
And though the household would do something to have Beth again of their lives, Chapman stated 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 feel we have gotten, if this isn’t unhealthy to say, however nearer, we’re a closer-knitted household,” Chapman shared.
He continued: “My brother stated we’ve an angel drone within the air. So this [bond] is particular. This one is so particular. And you already know this might be the start of [Lawhead’s] finish.”
In terms of how he is doing, Chapman admits that typically it simply would not really feel actual that his spouse of 13 years is gone.
“I assume I am okay,” he stated. “, there are days whenever you simply cannot imagine it. It has been eight months now. The worst factor about it’s, it looks as if it was yesterday. So allegedly, ‘time heals all wounds,’ however I do not know if time heals that large of a wound, that large of a lower.”
Requested what he misses essentially the most about his love — with whom he had a romance that spanned over a number of a long time — Chapman stated 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 numerous instructions swiftly 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. , we’re the very best on the earth in relation to catching fugitives. Over 8,000 we’ve put away behind bars and within the bucket, so this one right here is, you already know, the start of my new life, and it is simply unimaginable.”
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 had been too late to the courthouse. They ended up marrying in Might 2006, however the wedding ceremony was bittersweet: The day earlier than their large day, Duane’s daughter, Barbara Katy Chapman, died in a automotive accident close to her Alaska residence.
Right this moment, Chapman would not take the connection he has along with his household without any 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 had been relationship — Canine stated that households simply have disagreements sometimes.
“We have now a calling from God and we’re doing what we’re alleged to do: catch the unhealthy guys.”
“Properly, all the women are like, you already know, had been mad,” Chapman stated. “All of the boys had been like, ‘Dad, no matter you suppose, we’re behind you.’ The women are like, you already know, ‘We hate them w—–s.’ I imply, they only do not like all type of different stuff. And I attempt to inform them, ‘Daddy cannot simply be alone perpetually. You women have to grasp.'”
He continued: “So that they’re, you already know, beginning to come again and stuff. Households argue, that is what it is all about. I imply, if in case 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 night time and all that imply so much way more to all of us than it ever has.”
As for a way for much longer he’ll be catching unhealthy guys for? “Properly, I determine three to 4 extra years as a result of the perfect we’ll save for final,” Chapman stated.
“I can virtually learn their minds now,” he admitted. “I am so much higher than I used to be 40 years in the past […] We’re the best bounty searching 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, you already know, we’re saddened proper now, however the pleasure is once we get the man, cuff him, get him within the automotive, possibly 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 alleged to do: catch the unhealthy guys,” Chapman added.