Many people still remember Duane Chapman as Dog “The Bounty Hunter”, who along with his wife left an indelible mark in the memory of many people. Chapman made a television show as a bounty hunter and set about chasing some of the worst people in the world. However, he has taken a break lately and has his reasons for it.
The profession of the bounty hunter
These people are not properly respected at all times. They operate under the same laws as police and law enforcement, but are not subject to a specific jurisdiction and can catch their suspects at any place and time.
But not belonging to the public order, they require many other hard-to-obtain permits to work under the same conditions as them, and in some cases, they risk falling under the same laws that they protect because of some misunderstanding.
He has moved away from the profession
Chapman did very well doing this work because he had a gift for it, but lately he has moved away from the profession in search of other rewards and more important commitments with his life, as he himself has said in some interviews.
At least two of his children, who previously worked with him, has completely separated from the figure of Dog “The Bounty Hunter” to start their own business as a bounty hunter and taking on the challenge of creating their own business and presence on the streets.
Reasons to take a step back
Chapman had his big days when he was a younger man, but we must admit that age begins to affect him in some way, and nobody gets stronger while getting older. People become slower and find it difficult to perform certain simple tasks.
It does not mean that Chapman has become weak, at all, but the criminals of today are getting younger and rougher. And the profession of the bounty hunter requires that he exert much more effort than is sometimes possible for a person his age.
Chapman can continue to trust fully in his team and all the people who support him, but the possibility of overcoming a strong confrontation without needing help from someone (or a weapon, which is prohibited to carry) are reduced every year that passes in the streets.
The game has changed, so has the police
The way in which the law is applied has changed over the years, bounty hunting is even more dangerous than being a police officer because people have lost faith in the law, which means that those who work outside of it are not well seen by most of the people.
Beth worries that her husband will not return from work someday, especially because he must chase more dangerous people and every day is more difficult to catch them due to the limitations of the trade of bounty hunters.
Lately, people are more against the application of the law in some parts of the world, so they will try to do everything necessary to avoid being caught and going to prison, which puts at risk the life of Chapman.
The diagnosis of Cancer
In September, Beth was diagnosed with throat cancer in stage 2, news that was totally heartbreaking for her entire family, as she declared it to the media. "It was hard to accept this news and not scare us," said Beth.
Chapman took the news with much more force, but for them, it was difficult to understand that news and not to know exactly how to react. Initially, they did not tell their children because they wanted to have more information about the disease and what they could do in the future.
Beth explained that when she heard the word "Cancer", the first thing that came to her mind was the word "death" because that's what usually comes next. "New words like 'chemo' and 'radiation' appear, which are also related to death, and I was not even 50 years old," she said.
Beth's health worsened
When Beth was diagnosed with cancer, Chapman decided to walk away from the bounty chase for a while to be by her side and take care of her. Which was obviously the right choice because he should be by her side to give her strength.
No matter what has been said about him, Chapman is a very affectionate person who gives priority to the love of his life. There have been many stories about his past life, how he behaves with his children and the problems that existed in his previous relationships.
But we cannot deny that, in the time he has with Beth, he has shown that he really loves her and is willing to do whatever is necessary to be by her side and accompany her instead of being in the streets causing her to continue worrying for him.
A sign of commitment
Recently, in celebration of their 12th wedding anniversary, Duane decided to take their marriage vows much more seriously and showed it to Beth by tattooing her name on his chest, right above the heart. Beth did not miss the opportunity to take a picture and share it with everyone.
The support and happiness of all their followers was instantaneous because of the difficult year that has had the couple of bounty hunters. Many people emphasized how happy they are together and in the love that Chapman shows to Beth at all times.
As a result, the couple's anniversary this year was a little more special than previous anniversaries because it gave a stronger meaning to the words: "In sickness and in health." She wrote on Instagram that they were very anxious and happy to celebrate their anniversary.
Chapman's personal life
Despite how long and complicated his career as a bounty hunter has been, his personal life has been much more complicated than some people believe. From his stay in the prison during the 70s to the many women with whom he has had 12 children.
We cannot say anything totally good or bad about his life since much of what we see is influenced by the show and we cannot really perceive what the truth is, but one thing we can say about Chapman is that he has won his retirement after many years on the street.
The life of this pair of bounty hunters has not been simple, and these last years have strongly marked their history, so the decision to move away from the spotlight and the life of pursuing criminals has been a decision that both have taken for their own good, their health, and their family.