Dog the Bounty Hunter Is Working on Getting His Murder Conviction Overturned | 22 Words

Duane Chapman (better known to his fans as Dog the Bounty Hunter) had a tough 2019. Since the death of his beloved wife, Beth, the reality TV star has experienced some health complications which has led him to one of the lowest points of his life. His struggles to come to terms with what has happened left him in a difficult position, one that meant he didn't want to carry on.

Dog has also suffered financially since the death of his wife, leaving his home at risk. But now he has a plan to boost his flagging career - he just needs to overturn a forty-year murder conviction, first.


It all started in 1986.

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Beth was only nineteen years old when she met Dog. The situation was difficult as Dog was already married, but this didn’t stop the pair from striking up an on-off relationship.

But they called it quits when Beth married Keith Barmore.

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It didn't last for Beth and Keith and after a couple of years, they decided a divorce would be best for both of them.

Dog's marriage didn't last either...

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So the two former lovers reunited in 1995, before getting married in 2006.

The couple had two children and have been together ever since.

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And then Dog the Bounty Hunter, the TV show that propelled them to superstardom, came along. The show was based on the life and experiences of Duane, who bounty hunts for a living.

The show became a hit after people fell in love with the couple.

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It was so popular that they ended up getting their very own spin-off show: Dog & Beth: On The Hunt.

Both of them worked hard to earn their celebrity statuses.

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Beth and Dog were said to have tracked down over 6,000 criminals and made over $4 million in bonds that they’ve won as a consequence of catching them. The pair very quickly became recognized as the brash and outrageously hilarious couple that they have been till the very end.

Their constant bickering was comedy gold.

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A lot of other married couples felt as though they could relate to them, which only helped them grow in popularity.

Things seemed to be going well for them, but then Beth shared some tragic news.

She announced that she had been diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer. Despite being told that she was free of the disease only 3 months later, the cancer returned in 2018. This lead to Beth having to undego an emergency operation to remove a mass on her throat.

Even though the operation was a success, there was more bad news for Beth.

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It was discovered that the cancer had spread to both her throat and her lungs and that it was, unfortunately, incurable.

Beth was in love with her job, so vowed to spend her final days "on the hunt."

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Somehow, the family managed to come to terms with this tragedy, and Beth wanted nothing more than to spend her last days doing what she did best on America’s Most Wanted.

Unfortunately, Beth's health continued deteriorating...

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After resting at home in recovery from further treatment, Beth was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Hawaii after having difficulty breathing. According to reports, she began fighting against the help of doctors and it was understood that she was attempting to remove the tubes that were in place to feed her medication and fluids.

She wasn't "reacting well" to treatment.

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Beth had to be given oxygen in order to breathe when she arrived at the ER. According to TMZ, medics first put her under mild sedation but she quickly fell into a full medically-induced coma.

Beth and her family refused to give up hope.

Despite the doctors telling her that her cancer was incurable, her family continued to support her, hoping for a miracle. The whole world was just praying that she pulled through this difficult time.

Sadly, Beth passed away in her home in Hawaii.

Her husband broke the news that everyone was dreading in a tweet that ended: "See you on the other side."

It was a really difficult time for Dog and the rest of Beth's family.

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After his wife's death, Dog found it really difficult to cope. The impact of the tragic event really had a toll on his mental and physical wellbeing.

In the following days, the bounty hunter lost seventeen pounds!

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His physical health suffered tremendously as the man lost seventeen pounds within 2 days. He was also in and out of the hospital as he suffered from what were described as "severe" heart conditions and depression symptoms in the weeks that came.

And a shocking revelation broke fans hearts.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter revealed that he was actually contemplating taking his own life due to the downward spiral he was heading in after Beth passed.

During the filming of the finale for Dogs Most Wanted, the TV star broke down.

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The footage was extremely hard to watch as we saw Dog, with tears streaming down his face, claim that the grief was too much to bear and at one point he was considering making a drastic decision in order to reunite with Beth again.

In his own words, he described his feelings:

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"I don’t realize yet psychologically that she’s gone, gone and I’ll never, ever see her. I don’t realize that. I just hope that I don’t live very much longer without her, because now she made the first step, she’s through the gate. She paved a way for me. I want to take a god damn pain pill so bad."

He also mentioned that Beth wouldn't be happy if he did go through with the plan.

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"I got to heaven and was like, 'Hi honey,' and would she go, 'You d*****s, why would you do that?'"

But the emotional toll of losing his wife hasn't been the only thing Dog is dealing with.

Beth's medical bills have left a huge dent in his finances. Speaking to The New York Times, Dog revealed, "I'm broke."

He's currently working on a huge bond.

Dog's hunt for a Hawaii fugitive is worth $1.5 million - the biggest he's ever had. But if he fails, he may lose his Colorado home.

But Dog has a plan to boost his finances.

He wants to make a show about fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a sheriff. "I think it'd be a hit," he claimed.

There's just one problem.

Dog still has an old murder conviction that's preventing him from running for office.

It's not as dramatic as it sounds.

Back in 1976, Dog took part in a drug deal that went bad. His accomplice ended up shooting and killing 69-year-old Jerry Oliver.

Dog played no part in the shooting, as was actually sat in a car away from the scene.

But under Texas law, he was found guilty of first-degree murder and served 5 years in prison.

Since then, he's suffered more consequences.

Dog is still banned from entering the U.K. and uses bear spray or a taser rather than live rounds when bounty hunting.

But now Dog wants this conviction overturned.

By doing so, he could finally fulfill his dream of running for sheriff.

He's putting in an appeal to the state of Texas.

But we'll have to wait to see if they're willing to help Dog out.

And Dog's career woes aren't the only controversy he's been facing lately.

His new relationship (with his son's ex-girlfriend Moon Angell) has got his whole family - and the whole world - talking. Want to learn more? Scroll on!