Don\'t Cage The Dog!
In 2003, Duane Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter, along with his son Leland Chapman and their associate Tim Chapman, succeeded in locating notorious serial rapist Andrew Luster. Luster, who had jumped bail while he was in trial in Santa Barbara, California, and had successfully fled to Mexico. The Chapman team, after many months of research and meetings with some of Luster\'s victims, was intent on finding this dangerous man who had drugged, raped and videotaped his terrible assaults on women. The team located Luster in Mexico but was immediately arrested while attempting to turn Luster over to Mexican authorities. The Chapmans were charged with depriving Luster, a known fugitive, of his liberty. However, the facts clearly show that the Chapmans did not commit any crime. By contrast, Luster\'s crimes were clear and he was convicted of 86 counts of rape by the California Court system and sentenced to 126 years in prison. There were no victims to the alleged crimes that the Chapmans have been charged with in Mexico. None at all! There was no intent by the Chapmans to break any known Mexican or U.S. laws. In service to the public of both countries, these men helped remove Andrew Luster from society and certainly saved many women from the trauma of rape. Where are the accolades Where is the appreciation Instead of prosecuting the Chapmans, Mexico and the U.S. should work to find a quick and proper solution to this situation - a solution that promotes their common interests and honors these men for the great service they have provided both nations. In the interest of strengthening relations between two great neighbors, rather than increasing the visibility of what has become an international public relations controversy, we the undersign request that both governments call for a special investigation into this case in the interest of a quick and fair resolution.