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Cats and Dog (Friday Night blogging)

15 September 2006

IN what passes for tradition in the Blogosphero, you’re supposed to put up a cat picture on Friday nights.
So… being Friday, here’s “Illegal Alien Cats”:

Now, going to the Dog.

Duane Lee Chapman (the kind of name that if it’s not on a country music singer, is on either a serial killer or the guy whose family is covered in your local paper’s county police report). Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Duane Lee is in a heap o’ trouble. He’s a bailbondsman, and famous for bringing bail jumpers to justice. In a “man bites dog” story, the Dog was arrested in Hawaii by U.S. Marshalls on Thursday morning … on a Mexican warrent charging him with very, very serious crimes. Seems our boy… the famous bail jumper stopper … jumped bail.

Although something of a pariah among “respectable” bailbondsmen “Dog” has his admirers. They seem to overlook the obvious, things you can find, say, in Wikipedia:

Chapman … joined a motorcycle gang, the Devil’s Disciples, that reportedly had a distaste for blacks… According to Chapman, another gang member, Donny Kirkandall, murdered pimp and drug dealer named Jerry Lee Oliver a crime for which Chapman was found in complicity by a Texas judge. Chapman has reportedly been arrested at least 32 timesIn 1977, Chapman was sentenced to five years of hard labor on murder charges, he served just 18 months before being paroled in 1979. Before his sentencing, Chapman had married, and fathered at least one child. His wife Lafonda filed for divorce while he was in prison on the murder charges. Because Chapman owed money for child support, the judge in charge of handling the child support case asked Chapman to catch a fugitive for $200. This is considered the beginning of his bounty-huting career.

That last sentence doesn’t sound like anything that would stand up even under the laxest possible intrepretation of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.

“Dog”, out of prison, moved to Hawaii and set up shop as a bailbondsman… how, with his prison record, is never quite clear. Somehow. He’s a master showman.

When Andrew Luster, heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune and serial rapist, ended up in Puerto Vallerta, the Mexican police knew he was there. PV has its share of shady gringos. Intespersed amongst the retirees, the old queens, tthe eurotrash and the gay vacationers are the retired marijuana dealers, ponzi schemers keeping a low profile, the occasional mobster on the wrong side of a family disagreement. Not nice people, but not any particular concern to the Mexicans. Andrew Luster though. A serial rapist, already convicted in California, and facing a 124 year prison term?

Mexican prosecutors had already prepared extradition papers and were waiting for the FBI to come in and quietly pick the guy up in June 2003 when … and if this seems a tad “convenient”, you’re not alone in thinking so, but newspapers reported that a couple spotted Luster, called the FBI… and the DOG.

The Dog showed up — with a TV crew in tow — in time to get into a barroom brawl with the fugitive heir. Mexican cops threw the whole lot of them into jail. Where someone paid “bajo fianza” to spring the Dog from the pound. Luster somehow also was out of jail — presumably as a courtesy to the FBI, allowing the G-men to put Luster on a plane and fly him back to the U.S. without going through an extradition hearing.

That would not make for great drama. Or tacky television. DOG kidnapped Luster, put him on a private plane and … the rest, they say, is history.

Lest we forget, DOG is a bailbondsman. Somehow he managed to get bajo finanza for this very serious charge… and promptly fled the country. Sort of like… oh… Andrew Luster?

Dog milked that “capture” for everything it was worth. He’s a master showman who manages to appeal both to his white trash roots and to the sophisticated. In Mexican terms, he’s a naco — rich white trash, with excreable taste in jewelry and a ridiculous haircut that was a joke even when it was semi-fashionable 15 years ago. But, then, American culture since WWII has been defined by a lot of poor boys who never passed through the middle class. Though those boys had talent — Warhol, Liberace, Elvis.

Dog had…? Good publicitiy, basically. Somehow the biker and his big-boobed foul-mouthed wife became de rigor television viewing in the U.S. While no one with any taste or culture would want to BE THOSE people — there’s a weird fascination with the Chapman family (maybe due to the fact than we’re lucky none of us know anyone remotely like them). For people who DO know people like them, there’s the satisfaction of seeing themselves as the “good” people against the bad guys.

The bad guys, more often than not, are darker skinned than Duane’s fan club. I don’t think that’s quite coincidental, as the amazing posts from The JAWA Report article on his arrest indicate. I’ll leave their names off to protect the moronic:

Fuck Mexico!! How dare those assholes take our number one well known american hero and imprision him aftrer all the crimes they committ here..Screw Mexico..Let’s go to war and blow em like we did in Iraq!!

I guess two wrongs make a right, or something like that. As to getting blown in Iraq, ok… but what does that have to do with Mexico.

he is not a criminal and he did not break any laws, because mexico has no laws, just revenge for taking out a rich man, who was pooling tons of money into mexico. i agree with military action, take the illegal mexicans out of our country or the people will one way or another.

Uh… kidnapping gets you 30 to 50 years in Mexico. Murderers only get 20. Duane was a very, very bad boy.

And, the one I love…

What is wrong with this sick world is it not bad enough we have so many mexicans taking our jobs and and their spanish on every recording and instruction mannuel we have ever gotten! Dog and Beth are good family people Bush step your sorry but in on this one.They have gotten so many bad people off the streets and helped many that would be nowhere without Dog And Beth’s and the whole Chapman family, I will be praying for them all, we can’t let them get away with this!!!!!!!!

“Instruction mannuel”… wasn’t he the translator I used to work with when I was a technical writer?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. dewey permalink
    22 February 2007 2:13 pm


    Tags: Spin doctors · Morditas and bribery · Clueless gringos in Mexico · Duane Lee Chapman · Indocumentados · Gringos · Crime and Punishment · Gatos · Right Wing Idiots · Legal system · Media

  2. dewey permalink
    9 March 2007 8:09 pm

    the DOG must have gotten him!!!!

  3. 10 April 2007 5:56 am

    really!!! that’s so funny!!!

  4. NightHunter permalink
    22 May 2007 11:42 am

    The moron that wrote this drivel must be a LUSTer sympathizer. i.e. a scumbag of the highest magnitude.

    It’s hate mongers like this that, time and time again, clearly demonstrate how pathetically stupid and ignorant they truly are!!

    Duane “Dog” Chapman is a hero and a good and decent man. Anybody that doesn’t realize that, deserves to bunk in the same cell as Andrew LUSTer, and be his prison love toy.

  5. Karen Plumley permalink
    1 July 2007 8:09 am

    You printed this:

    “Dog”, out of prison, moved to Hawaii and set up shop as a bailbondsman… how, with his prison record, is never quite clear. Somehow. He’s a master showman.

    Duane Chapman was never a bailbondsman-He is a Bounty Hunter-who works for Bailbondsmen/women-such as his wife-who signs all the bonds-He worked for all the Bondsmen in Colorado-Thats how Beth met him-through her own arrest-not a felony-then by becoming the youngest Bondswoman ever.
    You can check all this out easily enough.
    Where is your critique of Andrew Luster?
    Too much money, hmmm-for you to care if He stayed in Mexico and raped some of your Mothers,sisters,daughters,friends?
    Get a grip-Duane Chapman helped with the capture of Luster-If he got fame and fortune for it-so what? Be grateful Luster is off your streets,
    as well as USA-each individual case should be looked at , well….individually.
    In this one-The end justifies the means,.
    After all Duane is an American Citizen, so is
    Luster-The bounty hunter did not capture a Mexican, now did he? Just a rich American
    Monster-you all were enjoying his money-
    upset that hes’ gone? 124 years to serve-convicted 86 various counts-rape-drugs,torture,etc. You want him back?
    C’mon then-you’re welcome to him.
    The Chapmans’ are heroes.
    Karen Plumley

  6. Senada permalink
    14 August 2007 1:47 am

    From what i can seems to me that the author is more right than anyone who has commented.

    I myself being neutral on the whole “Dog” debate, he broke the law, whether in mexico or the U.S., he broke the fucking law.

    All of you who respect him so much for taking lawbreakers off the street, does that mean he gets a free pass to do whatever the fuck he wants? Dont get me wrong, he got a bad guy in jail where he belonged, but he broke the law to do it, therefor he deserved any consequences which were given to him.

    He knew he was going about arresting the guy the wrong way, and he was fully aware it was illegal when he did, i just doubt he gave a shit. Good TV is good TV.

    Dog Chapman broke the law. He deserved to be in jail for it, either in Mexico, or in America. Lets say a dirty cop kills someone because they wouldnt pay him for “protection,” hes a cop, he takes bad guys off the street, does that mean its okay for him to murder someone? NO! It does not.

    Dog is as subject to the laws of the world as the rest of us, and the sooner you people realize that the better.

    And honestly, if people like George W. Bush and Duane “Dog” Chapman are the “heroes” of our country, i can’t wait to get the fuck out of here.

    Honestly people, come on.

  7. Karen Plumley permalink
    15 August 2007 6:41 pm

    The question of Duane Dog Chapman is moot.
    He is free, He is a hero.He is an American.
    Now .Senada, if you’d like to leave this country-I suggest you do so.

  8. chaotic_order permalink
    7 September 2007 2:06 pm

    Like I have said before, someone in Mexico should pay a bounty hunter to bring Dog Chapman to Mexico to face the charges against him. And as far as Dog’s hero status goes, a hero in one country is an anti-hero in another country. Look at Osama Bin Laden, he’s a hero to some, but not to others. I don’t consider Dog a hero, just an ex-con (or con) trying to be able to continue breaking the law and have people support and admire him for it.

    Maybe for now he’s free, but when they send the bounty hunters for him, he won’t be anymore. Oh, by the way, Osama is also free.


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