‘Dog’ the bounty hunter provides valuable input on legislation
I’ve always believed that the private sector, given the opportunity, can operate more efficiently than government. In few areas is that concept better exemplified than in bail bonding. Returning defendants to custody is the most difficult part of the industry. It’s also when the industry is most reliant on bounty hunters.
Oklahoma has seen an influx of bad actors in this field. High-profile stories have caused public outcry and requests to do something. For two years, my colleagues and I have been attempting to reform the industry through training, regulation and certification for bounty hunters. This has drawn the interest of one of the most recognizable characters on reality television — Duane “Dog” the Bounty Hunter. I had heard many opinions about Dog and his character. I had also heard many opinions about how his team members conduct themselves during the operation of their business. These questions were answered when I was given the opportunity recently to spend time with Dog and his team in Oklahoma City.
The bulk of Dog’s and his wife Beth’s time on the job is spent in preparation and in counseling defendants. In each case, the couple would immediately begin doing what they could to help defendants turn their lives around. Upon their release, many defendants were ready and willing to do so. We are blessed to have their input on establishing regulations for their industry. I count it an honor to call them my friends and look forward to working with them in the future.
Sen. Ralph Shortey, Oklahoma City
Shortey, a Republican, is author of Senate Bill 1013, which would create the Bail Enforcement and Licensing Ac
LOS ANGELES – March 27, 2013 – The last time fans saw Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman and Beth Chapman on television, their family was falling apart, particularly their relationship with their three kids. The break-up was devastating. The rift was so deep, it appeared as if the family may never speak, much less hunt together, again.
Now, just one week prior to the debut of the new series DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT, CMT will premiere a two-hour preview special that goes behind-the-scenes of their epic struggle. DOG AND BETH: THE PREVIEW SPECIAL premieres on Sunday, April 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. The special will re-air throughout the next week on CMT and CMT.com as part of the countdown to the new series premiere.
Fifteen months have passed since Dog and Beth left television. The Chapmans found themselves deeply divided over the future of their family business. Through it all, they never stopped hunting and soon found themselves on a new and dangerous mission without the support of their children. DOG AND BETH: THE PREVIEW SPECIAL shows the dramatic struggles of a professional bounty-hunting team attempting to move on without crucial team members, a father and son both battling their own pride and the Chapman’s unwavering belief in second chances.
Dog and Beth are an iconic television duo and the most celebrated bounty hunters in the business today. In addition to eight successful seasons of their hit reality series, Dog Chapman is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book You Can Run But You Can’t Hide and his follow-up memoir Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given. Their new series DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT premieres Sunday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.
For more on the new series, DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT and DOG AND BETH: THE PREVIEW SPECIAL, please visit the official show page at CMT.com, join the conversation on Facebook or follow the latest updates via @CMT on Twitter using hashtag #CMTDogAndBeth. Additional information about Dog and Beth Chapman can be found on their website http://www.Dogthebountyhunter.com or via Twitter at @dogbountyhunter (Dog Chapman) and @mrsdogc (Beth Chapman).
DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT was created by Dog and Beth Chapman through their production company Entertainment By Bonnie and Clyde. The series is executive-produced by Electus (Ben Silverman, Chris Grant and Jimmy Fox) Jeff Cvengros, CMT’s Jayson Dinsmore, Joe Livecchi and Eliot Goldberg.
This proves that Tim has not been forgotten. Here is Tim with the Posse at the 100th Episode Celebration last October. Tim is family. Our thanks To Bellmutt for providing the video.
In the wake of all of the hype surrounding the 3 part series of DTBH episodes currently airing on A&E, we have decided to conduct a brief review to determine if the series is living up to expectations. The series starts with a straightforward premise: arrest Marco Padilla. When the initial attempt is unsuccessful, the Chapmans begin digging into Padilla’s family and friends, and the hunt spirals into a quagmire of identity theft and other fugitives who may or may not have useful information. Each lead the Chapmans obtain opens up multiple avenues of investigation, and their search ends up expanding in difficulty beyond any hunt previously aired.
What makes this series unique is how complicated the search becomes and how much the Chapmans’ entire skill set is tested. There is much more action in this series than in most of the previous episodes. In addition, there is increased participation from local law enforcement, the legal system, and local media. Prior to this series, the show was becoming stagnant. Each hunt was predictable and the show was repetitive. This series is much more involved and detailed, and helps inject new life into DTBH. We are aware that as of today, Marco Padilla remains at large. Interestingly, this does not seem to detract from the series. It is still intriguing to follow the Chapmans working a more difficult hunt than their usual fare. We look forward to seeing the concluding episode on Wednesday.
From High Finance to Life on the Lam… newyorktimes.com
JUNE 5, 2009, 11:30 AM
Marcus Schrenker, a former money manager accused of misleading his investors, is expected to plead guilty on Friday to faking his own death in a plane crash. The occasion has inspired Bloomberg News to take a look at the common mistakes that financiers make when they turn into fugitives.
Neither Mr. Schrenker (pictured above) nor Sam Israel, the hedge fund swindler who staged a suicide, managed to elude the authorities for very long — something Bloomberg chalks up to “lack of preparation for the rigors of life on the lam.”
As Duane Chapman, the star of A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” rather poetically put it: “A criminal’s life has nothing but ups and downs, whereas a white-collar criminal has never seen the dark side, so when he enters that realm, he is lost.”
What are the do’s and don’ts for financial types hoping to make themselves disappear?
First of all, faking one’s own death rarely throws the authorities off for long if there’s no body left behind, Bloomberg says. Having lots of cash is essential, and heading for a campground that doesn’t require identification can work, for a time.
Leaving maps behind with certain pages torn out — something Mr. Schrenker reportedly did — certainly doesn’t help.