May 24th, 2012 by edsel
If the recent death threats against bounty hunter Duane Chapman weren’t bad enough, his reality show ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ just got cancelled.
According to E! News, network A&E announced this Monday that it was cancelling the previously-approved ninth go-round for the show. A&E did not give any particular reason for the cancellation.
The last time ’Dog the Bounty Hunter‘ was almost cancelled, A&E suspended the fourth season’s production for half a year in in 2007. The reason: The media pounced on a leaked recording of Chapman repeatedly using the N-word during a phone conversation with one of his sons.
‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ followed reformed ex-convict Duane Chapman -a bail bondsman based in Hawaii and Colorado- and his extended family as they ran down folks on the run from the law while also dealing with their own legal and personal issues.
Duane Chapman, his son Leland Chapman, and business partner Tim Chapman (no relation) were arrested by the FBI in 2006 because of their foray into Mexico to grab convicted rapist Andrew Luster. Mexico tried to extradite them, but the process eventually petered out.
In addition, Leland Chapman and his brother Duane Lee left the family business last year. The brothers insisted that they quit, but a March episode of ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ depicted Chapman’s wife Beth apparently firing them.
And to top it off, Duane Chapman and his family recently stated that they were the target of death threats, which prompted an FBI investigation.
May 21st, 2012 by edsel
Grisly, sexually-deviant death threats have been issued against ’Dog the Bounty Hunter’ star Duane Chapman and his family.
E! News reported that the FBI is currently investigating a series of death threats emailed to the reality-TV star and his family over a span of four days.
RadarOnline obtained a copy of the first death threat, dated April 30. ”I’m going to murder you,” the anonymous email promised Duane Chapman. The sender promised that he was “going to come to Hawaii” to murder Chapman and his family. “You are next on my list,” it stated before describing the bounty hunter as “the bane of society” and closing with the line “I will deliver you to God.”
Another email arrived a few days later. “I’m going to murder you and your family,” this death threat promised the star of ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter.’ “I’m going to slaughter your family.” It then made grisly threats about Chapman’s wife Beth and his children, with the express purpose of making Duane Chapman “cry, like you did everyday in prison.”
After vowing to make Duane Chapman watch his family get “massacred,” the death threat promised him a disgusting end. Saying ”It will feel so great,” the unknown sender continued with talk about raping his children before bidding him a chilling “Bye, Duane.”
E! News received a statement from the Chapman family that says they “are taking these threats seriously and are very concerned about the safety of their family.” According to the statement, Duane Chapman himself said that “When the person responsible is found, he will prosecute to the full extent of the law for the threats made against his family.”
The case has already been referred to the FBI office in Honolulu.
Duane Chapman and his fifth wife, Beth, continue to work as bounty hunters and stars in their reality show ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter.’ Two of Chapman’s 14 children are estranged from him.