Over the years, varieties of reality shows have come and gone but, Dog the Bounty Hunter is the best of its kind. The show starred the infamous bounty hunter, Duane Lee “Dog” Chapman and his family, who track down criminals in Hawaii. Since it premiered in August 2004 on A&E TV, it took the television world by storm, until it ended in 2012. Apart from busting convicts and collecting bounty money, there are so many secrets the Chapman family hold. Today, we are here with the little-known details of Dog the Bounty Hunter.
#5. Death Threats
Being a bounty hunter, it's likely that Dog receives threats from criminals. In an interview on TODAY in 2012, Chapman and his wife opened about a series of death threats they had received through emails and phone calls. According to Beth Chapman, the FBI had closely looked into the matter and called them “viable threats”.
Starting April 30, he received a series of e-mails over four days that detailed menacing messages directed towards his wife and daughters like rape, kidnapping, murder and other horrific acts. One of the messages read,
I’m going to murder you. I’m going to come to Hawaii and murder you and your family in cold blood. You are next on my list and are the bane of society. I will deliver you to God.
The investigation is still on the progress but the FBI has not released any name of suspects or arrested anyone.
#4. Lawsuit Over the Payment Issues
In September 2011, the bail bondsman Bobby Brown, sued the show presenter of A&E Television Networks, Hybrid Films, and D&D Television Productions in federal court of Colorado for not getting paid as other cast members of the show. Over the period of eight seasons, Bobby had appeared in 30 episodes and he was even promised to be promoted to a regular cast member.
However, Bobby claimed that he was paid only $6,000 for all his part and contribution to the show. He filed the lawsuit for the misappropriation of his publicity rights as well as claims of breach of contract and promises. After the lawsuit was passed on, there is no news on how the lawsuit turned out.
#3. Biggest Catch: Andrew Luster
Many people might think that the show is fake and all the hunting they do is scripted. But it turns out that all the thing that goes in front of the camera is real. Over the years, Dog has captured many real criminals who were hiding from the law for a long time. One of his biggest and most famous catches was of Andrew Luster, who was sentenced to 124 years in prison.
For this case, Dog and his crew went down to Mexico and captured him. After a long search and few charges, Andrew was captured and sentenced to life in prison. This was probably the biggest bounties Dog and his crew have taken in the whole show.
#2. El Chapo Offer
Witnessing the crew’s tracking abilities, U.S. authorities had requested Chapman to help them track down notorious drug lord, El Chapo of the Mexican cartel. The US offered 5 million USD for anyone helping to capture him. But Chapman firmly denied the offer because of a bad experience he had had in Mexico and he didn’t want any more death threats upon his family.
#1. The Show was Canceled After 8 Seasons
Many people might have thought that the show was canceled because Duane wanted to take a break from all the spotlight but that is not correct. A&E had canceled Dog the Bounty Hunter after a negotiation broke down. There have been no clear details about this.
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