LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Bounty Hunter Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman is holding off on the release of his biography, entitled You Can Run But You Can’t Hide, until August, according to a report carried on Canada.com. The book will cover his childhood, his early run-ins with the law as a member of a biker gang and continue all the way up to the Luster case.
Chapman says he hopes that as other felons learn about his life and about how he turned it around, they’ll find inspiration to do it themselves.
“I’ve always had this good seed inside me and I don’t think the bad one ever grew,” he says.
“I saw that incarceration and that way of life was not for me. There was no bucket of gold at the end of the criminal rainbow, there was only life in an eight-by-six-foot cell. And I was smart enough to see the signs and turn the other way.”
Chapman is also hpeful that he will not have to face extradition charges to Mexico in the infamous Andrew Luster case.
“An appellate court in Mexico has finally heard our story,” a soft-spoken Chapman said from New York en route to Calgary for a speaking engagement this week. “And they are deciding whether to drop it in their home country. So we’re hoping it will be dropped, just like that. And if it isn’t, then we still have a shot at the American courts.
Since the debut of his series in 2004, he’s become a kind of cult hero thanks to his gruff exterior and obvious love of his family. The series follows his bounty hunting crew, including larger-than-life wife Beth Smith, as they track down fugitives from the law to collect bonds.
Despite his TV fame, it’s his legal woes in Mexico that have grabbed the most attention. The charges stem from Chapman’s June 2003 capture of Luster, a convicted rapist and heir to the Max Factor fortune.
After an international manhunt that lasted 166 days, Chapman captured Luster in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The capture led to Chapman’s arrest by Mexican authorities. Chapman and two associates, his son Leland and Tim Chapman (no relation), were charged with “deprivation of liberty” in a country where bounty hunting is illegal.
After posting bail they left Mexico, but in September 2006, they were arrested in Honolulu on the request of Mexican authorities and held overnight at a Federal Detention Center before being released on bail, $300,000 for Duane Chapman and $100,000 each for the other two.
Since then, there had been fears the three would face a court in Mexico, where, if convicted, they could serve up to four years in jail.