Duane Chapman, also known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, took his new fiancée on her first bounty hunt. He describes Francie Frane as a “natural.”
“I know she’s a hunter. Her and her two sons have hunted bow hunt, so they track, they look for things that the prey leaves behind,” Chapman told People. “And so she’s kind of a natural.”
He said she applied her wilderness skills to tracking bounties.
“She just fit right in. She started getting leads and writing them down, so there’s more than just tracking and hunting,” Duane said. “And she’s really, really good at that.”
Dog the Bounty Hunter became engaged in May.
In March, Chapman and Frane confirmed that they were dating. A few months later, Chapman proposed to Frane over a candlelit dinner in Colorado. The engagement came just 10 months after Chapman’s wife Beth passed away from throat cancer. Doctors had diagnosed Beth with the cancer in 2017.
Speaking with The Sun U.S., Chapman said he bonded with Frane over the mutual loss of a spouse. Frane’s husband Bob died from cancer a few months prior to Beth’s passing.
“I know that when I start to feel bad about Beth and it’s overwhelming, Francie seems to show up and that helps the kids,” Duane said. “And I feel that Beth expects her to show up to take care of me. And Bob, Francie’s late husband, expects me to be a man and a gentleman and so I am.”
The couple decided to wait until after the coronavirus pandemic to officially get married. They want all of their family members to be in attendance.
“I would love to have the biggest wedding there’s ever been,”Chapman said. “I’m sorry but that’s just me. I hope I can talk Francie into it and open it to my fans, the ‘Dog Pound,’ to everybody.”
Chapman believes Beth would want him to remarry and to be happy.
“I need a partner,” Chapman said. “I’ve said it before. There will never be another Mrs. Dog. There is not. Francie couldn’t do that. There will be a last Mrs. Chapman. If Beth was here, and saw Francie and saw how she was raised, her morality and this and that, Beth would say, ‘Big daddy, don’t lose her.’ “