Beth Chapman made an impact not only on her family and friends, but those who worked with her everyday and can attest to the amazing person she was.
One of those people, a crew member from Dog and Beth’s old reality TV show, just penned a letter to Dog the Bounty Hunter and family. We’re told the emotional letter, obtained by The Blast, was so powerful that it brought Dog to tears when he read it.
“She was alternately stubborn, obstinate, bullheaded, dedicated, gracious, and loving,” the letter began.
We’re told it was penned by a crew member named Gilley, and he paid homage to Beth for being a “damn fine cook,” and reflected on his time working with the bounty hunting couple on their former reality show, “Dog & Beth: On the Hunt.”
Gilley admitted Beth wasn’t the easiest boss to work for, explaining, “It wasn’t always an easy gig. Beth was a demanding boss keeping us out until 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning hunting fugitives, followed by a long drive back to our hotel to log footage, charge batteries, file release forms and possibly get a few hours of fitful sleep before starting all over again at 9 AM.”
He also described an argument with Beth that led to the two not talking for a bit, writing, “Beth and I got in a particularly heavy row on the set one day, and I, being of equally stubborn personality, was not about to back down from her. I quit the show that day and stood in the rain for an hour waiting for a cab to take me to the airport before Dog came out and intervened.”
After Dog explained to the crewman that you gotta “let Beth be Beth,” things cooled down and he rejoined the team. Gilley says that days later, Beth pulled him aside and gave him props for standing up for himself.
Reflecting on the days since her death, Gilley writes, “When the sun rose over Hawaii this morning, it shone on a world that was a little grayer, possibly less cantankerous, but definitely a little less fun and dramatic.”
He wrapped up his letter by explaining, “She feuded with her family, but she loved her family. She inspired millions with her bravery, her resilience, and her attitude, and was a sore spot for countless others for the exact same reasons. She was the one and only Beth Chapman.”
In perhaps a perfect conclusion to his eulogy, Gilley wrote, “Your hunt has ended Beth; may you rest in peace.”
As we reported, a memorial is scheduled for this weekend in Hawaii, which will include a paddle out into the ocean in honor of Beth.