The Tragedies and Addictions Dog the Bounty Hunter and Wife Beth Chapman Have Overcome-
Fans of Dog the Bounty Hunter know that Duane "Dog" Chapman's life has been full of mishaps, tragedies and addictions every step of the way. In fact, rumors surrounding his mysterious past continue to plague him, even six years after the show was shut down for good.
While fans beg for A&E to strike a new, recurring deal with Dog and his wife, Beth Chapman, now that she is cancer-free, the network continues to air reruns of the family's eight-season run from 2004 to 2012.
Continue ahead to read about the tragedies and adversity the 65-year-old has faced throughout his life.
SLIDE 1/11 – DOG'S TROUBLED CHILDHOOD AND TEENAGE YEARS
Before Dog made a living out of catching criminals, he was actually a criminal himself. Dog dropped out of school at age 13, with several rough years to follow. He joined a motorcycle gang called the Disciples and his jail record shows several arrests, mostly for armed robbery.
SLIDE 2/11 – CONVICTED OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER
Dog's lifestyle eventually caught up to him and in 1976, he was convicted of first-degree murder, which he says he did not commit. He allegedly was waiting in a vehicle while his friend shot and killed a man during a drug deal. He was sentenced to five years at Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas as an accomplice to murder.
While in prison, he did field work and acted as the warden's barber, and only ended up serving 18 months of his prison sentence. He claimed in 2007 that while in prison, he tackled an inmate about to be shot for attempting to escape, which earned him a congratulatory remark by a corrections officer inspiring him to become a bounty hunter.
Because he is a convicted felon, Chapman is not legally permitted to carry a gun and never did while on his reality show.
SLIDE 3/11 – SPENT TIME IN PRISON ON BOUNTY HUNTING-RELATED CHARGES
Throughout his career as a bounty hunter, Dog was put in many life-or-death situations, but he told The ShowBuzz that he would have gladly died to catch Andrew Luster, a man convicted of multiple rapes in 2003.
Dog tracked Luster to Mexico, where he violated Mexican extradition laws while placing him under custody. Because of that, Dog spent some time in prison — but the charges were eventually dropped.
SLIDE 4/11 – DOG'S DAUGHTER DIES ON THE EVE OF HIS WEDDING
Dog's estranged daughter, Barbara Katy Chapman, was killed in a car crash in 2006 in Fairbanks, Alaska the night before Dog's wedding to Beth Smith, his fifth wife, in Hawaii.
Alaskan state troopers say Barbara, 23, was riding in a stolen SUV when it went off the road, rolled, hit some trees and landed upside-down. Troopers believe she and her friend, who was driving, tried using a stolen credit card to rent a hotel room, and they also suspect drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
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