“The adrenaline pretty much rules all. You get very excited, especially if you’re positive that they are there. You’ve got your team with you and that rush just kind of blows you away,” Cecily Chapman told Examiner in a recent interview.
Cecily is the headstrong, but respectful daughter of renowned bounty hunter, Duane “Dog” Chapman. She is the latest member of the Chapman clan to officially become part of the family business. In “Cecily Steps Up,” episode two of this season’s “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt” (Saturdays at 9/8c and 10/9c on CMT), the young hunter charged headlong into an unknown situation without waiting for backup.
“While Duane and I were out of town, Cecily wrote a $25,000 bond that she thought was being compassionate to someone, but it turned out to be not that great of a decision,” Beth Chapman interjected. Beth is the dynamic and absorbing co-star of “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.” She is also Cecily’s mother. “It could have been a great learning experience, but she caught her so fast I don’t think she learned anything at all, “Beth laughed.
“That adrenaline kicked in and I wasn’t really thinking about my team,” Cecily recalled. “She was my client and I knew how badly she’d messed us over, so I just wanted to go and grab her.”
“Which is why you didn’t think it through.”
“I totally messed up on that one,” the younger Chapman admitted.
“This is a dangerous job,” Beth pointed out. “You really have to take it seriously. A lot of people see my husband doing it and they think it’s easy, but they need to understand and realize just how dangerous this job really is. I am very strict out on the street because I want to make sure that everybody comes home alive.”
Beth started Cecily off at the bottom of the totem pole. For the last couple of years, she has done the grunt work of the family business, carrying out tasks that have included such non-glamorous activities as running to the courthouse to get the proper paperwork.
“I’m an observer, I sit back and I watch,” Cecily explained. “Since that one episode, I’ve learned how important your team is. I’ve learned how important it is to know your surroundings, to keep calm, and to always know what you’re doing because if you don’t know what you’re doing, then you’re just going to fail. And, you also have to double-check every source. Triple-check them, even.”
“Our success rides on being relentless,” Beth informed. “I think the biggest mistake that bounty hunters make, as you’ve recently seen with those guys in Arizona [Eleven bounty hunters mistakenly targeted the home of Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner.], is that you have to double-check your facts. And then check them again.”
Beth went on to state that knowing exactly who is on the other side of that closed door is one of the key elements when it comes to staying safe and knowing when is the best time to make a move. “I don’t train my kids to kill, I train them to wait another day. If it looks like it’s too dangerous, wait till tomorrow because we can get him at the airport, we can get him at 7-Eleven, or we can get him when he drives away. There’s going to be another day.”
When Examiner asked, “What makes Cecily so special, how do you know that she is going to succeed in this business?” Her mother responded, “She is fearless. Maybe a little too fearless because she’s grown up with this every single day of her life. Cecily’s father caught serial rapist Andrew Luster on her tenth birthday. And then, we had to fight to free Duane from a Mexican prison the whole rest of that same day. It’s just in her blood.”
“When I’m out there, I’m with my brother, my mom, and my dad, so it becomes more of a protection thing,” Cecily explained. “That need to protect them overrides everything. I love it that my mom thinks I’m fearless, because really, I’m scared sh**less,” she laughed. “But with my mom and my dad on the line, I’ll always be the one to step in front before anything can happen. That overrides everything.”
Besides the training that Cecily has been receiving this season, in recent episodes the young Chapman has been undergoing another transformation. There was one scene in episode six that catches her applying something that looks suspiciously like lip gloss while out on a hunt.
Her mother jumped in first, “Hey, we were in Texas, man! We had a chance to be a little bit more ourselves.” Beth was also turning up the glam dial in that episode with some high-styling outfits. “The boots, the jacket, it was a nice little makeover and a lot of people have complimented both of us on how good that looked, so apparently that style works for us,” she laughed.
“I love it when people notice my clothes,” Cecily confessed.
In closing, Beth stated, “Cecily has been with me every minute of her life. She would sleep in the back of the car while I wrote bail bonds, then I would take her straight to school. She has not lived an entitled life. Cecily has lived a very bail bonds-oriented, 24/7 life. If someone jumped, we went after them. It’s really quite natural that she fell right into the family business so easily. I really haven’t had to do much training with her, the boys are training her more because of the physical aspect of the job. She’s already got the brains… and the beauty. She’s gonna be a problem!” Beth teased.
“Aw, thank you, mom.”
“A regular Kylie Jenner.”
Both Cecily and her mom started laughing.
To find out what happens next with Cecily, Beth, Leland, Dog and the rest of the gang, tune into “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt” every Saturday at 9/8c and 10/9c on CMT.
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