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Duane Chapman

Duane "Dog" Chapman is a bounty hunter who lives in Hawaii. He lists numerous captures on his website, but independent verification of such captures can be tough.

He was raised in Denver, Colorado, by his father, a Navy welder, who, by Chapman's account, was verbally and sexually abusive, and his mother, a missionary and minister for the First Assemblies of God. Chapman subsequently joined a motorcycle gang (the Devil's Disciples)(unverifiable) that reportedly had a distaste for blacks, although Chapman, himself, claims not to be a racist. According to Chapman, another gang member, Donny Kirkandall[?], murdered pimp and drug dealer Jerry Lee Oliver[?], a crime for which Chapman and his entire gang was found guilty by a Texas judge.

In 1977, Chapman was sentenced to five years of hard labor, and he served two of those years, finally being paroled[?] in 1979. Before his sentencing, Chapman had married, sired at least one child, and divorced a woman named LaFonda, and because of this fact, Chapman owed money for child support. The judge in charge of handling the child support case asked Chapman to catch a fugitive for $200, thus launching his bounty-hunting career. He moved to Hawaii, where he opened a bail bonding[?] company named Da Kine Bail Bonds.

On June 18, 2003, he made news with his hunt and capture of cosmetics heir Andrew Luster, who has been convicted in absentia[?] of poisoning and rape. On July 3, 2003, Duane "Dog" Chapman again made news when he along with his Brother and a son were declared "fugitives" by a spokesman for the Mexican Government, after not obtaining permission from the presiding judge to leave the country. Mexcian authorities are currently working in conjuntion with officials from the United States to have Mr. Chapman and his 2 other family members extradited back to Mexico for sentencing.

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