And then, after several arrests for robberies and similar felonies, Chapman was complicit in the worst crime of all. It happened after Dog had moved to the city of Pampa in Texas. In 1976 Chapman was waiting in a car while a friend went into a man called Jerry Oliver’s house to buy marijuana. The deal went tragically wrong, however, and a scuffle ensued which ended with Oliver being shot dead.
As a result, at the age of 23, Chapman was sentenced to five years in prison under Texan law for first-degree murder. After serving 18 months behind bars, during which time he reaffirmed his relationship with God, Dog was released. He vowed that from then on he would help right the wrongs in society. In the process, Chapman thought that this would allow him to move on from his own past sins.
Subsequently he became a bounty hunter and bail bondsman. Since then, Chapman has gone on to do many selfless deeds for the wider community. Thanks to some high-profile criminal captures, such as murderer William Scatarie, and the sex criminals Andrew Luster and Quinton Wortham, Chapman gained a reputation as a white knight. This led to TV appearances, and his very own show, Dog the Bounty Hunter, in 2004