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Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman (ep. 512)

Duane Chapman Dog the Bounty Hunter

Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman joins John O’Leary on the Live Inspired Podcast.

Duane Lee Chapman, more commonly known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, spent most of the first 23 years of his life on the wrong side of the law. It wasn’t until he was serving an 18-month prison sentence for a murder he didn’t commit that he recommitted to his faith and turned his life around.

Considered by many to be the world’s greatest bounty hunter, Dog became famous for capturing fugitives on his iconic and top-rated television show Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Today, Dog shares how he turned his life around and went from ex-con to American icon before joining forces with his wife Francie. Francie shares how, through the DOG Foundation, they’re providing housing, counseling, training and intervention services to victims of sex trafficking.

From troubled beginnings and tragedy to triumph and transformation, you’re going to love this conversation.

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  • Dog got his nickname because it’s God spelt backwards
  • He’s chased down and arrested 10,000 fugitives in his 42-year career.
  • Spare the rod, spoil the child. Up until his father’s death, Dog sought his love, even though he chose to use a homemade paddle to discipline.
  • At 15 years old, Dog ran away to join the Hell’s Angels sister gang the Devil’s Deciphers.
  • “I found what I was looking for in the world of the Hell’s Angels in the world of Jesus – only better.”
  • Being sentenced to five years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, Dog served just 18 months.
  • Dog the Bounty Hunter aired on A&E for eight seasons and featured his bounty-hunting antics with his family and late wife Beth.
  • Married in September 2021, Dog sees meeting Francie as divine intervention.
  • The D.O.G. Foundation and the House of Bounty provides housing, counseling, life-skills training, soul healing and intervention services to victims of trafficking.
  • Learn more about D.O.G. Foundation here.

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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. Dog: The New Testament Francie: The Key To Your Expected End by Katie Souza
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. Dog: As I've matured, I've got what I wanted. Francie: Naivety.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. Dog: Hairspray and brush! And Francie's Bible. Francie: My Bible.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. Dog: Even through the abuse, I'd want to sit by my daddy. Francie: My mentor Clarisse.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. Dog: My mother would say, "For the gifts of God's calling are without repentance." Francie: After Bob passed away he wrote me letters. One said, "You lift your chin up and put your crown on because you're the daughter to the most high King. Your journey has not ended; it's just beginning."
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. Dog: I want to be what my mom wants me to be. How can I get there? Francie: Don't ever, ever give up on yourself.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. Dog: Dog, I'm very proud of you. Francie: I have redeemed you and called you by name and you are mine.