Before Duane Chapman was celebrated as Dog the Bounty Hunter, he was jailed for murder following a pot deal gone bad.
Jerry Oliver was gunned down in 1976 by an accomplice of Chapman. Though he did not pull the trigger, Chapman, 23 at the time of the killing, spent 18 months in jail on a first-degree murder conviction.
Recently, he has been courting cameras and wading through Florida swamps, hunting Brian Laundrie, who’s wanted for questioning in connection with the death of Gabby Petito.
But Oliver’s family is haunted both by their loss and the fact that Chapman, 68, has gone on to fame.
“We don’t like that Dog and want nothing to do with him,” Danny Oliver, brother of Jerry Oliver told The New York Post.
They’re not the only ones. Experts says authorities aren’t exactly Dog fans, either.
"Nobody in real law enforcement respects people in fake law enforcement,” Kevin Harrington, the COO of MG Security Services and a former NYPD detective said.
The celebrity bounty hunter’s daughter even claimed her father’s involvement in the Laundrie hunt is little more than a publicity stunt.
“He needs to back off and let the FBI handle it,” Cecily Chapman, 28, told The Sun.
“He sounds like he’s going out there trying to dig around for information that could, at times, sabotage what law enforcement is doing,” Matthew Young, a former FBI special agent of 20 years said. “Often, it’s not helpful to law enforcement techniques and operations.”
Chapman admittedly craves the camera, and the spotlight on the Laundrie search may have been too strong to resist.
“I need the attention. I wake up every day and say, ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the baddest bounty hunter of them all?’” he told The New York Times in 2020.
Chapman told reporters that he received 2,000 tips on the Laundrie case on his hotline soon after arriving in Florida on September 25, although he refused to share them with law enforcement.