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11 Bounty Hunters Try to Raid Police Chief's Home

They followed tip on social media to wrong Phoenix home

(Newser) - Asking for tips on social media isn't the most reliable way to track down a fugitive, as 11 armed bounty hunters found out the hard way in Phoenix on Tuesday night. They converged on a home around 10pm only to discover, after a confrontation, that it was the residence... More »

Country Singer Loses Gunfight With Bounty Hunter

Randy Howard was an outlaw until the end

(Newser) - A demise straight out of a country song for "All-American Redneck" singer Randy Howard: The 65-year-old was killed in a gunfight with a bounty hunter at his Tennessee home this week, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press . A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman tells the AP that the agency... More »

Dog the Bounty Hunter Banned From Britain

Visa rejected due to murder conviction

(Newser) - Looking to stay a step ahead of Dog the Bounty Hunter? Try going to Britain, where immigration officials have decided he isn't welcome. The reality TV star, real name Duane Chapman, has had his visa application rejected because of a murder conviction from the late '70s, reports the... More »

'Speed Freak Killer' Got $33K to Tell Where Bodies Were

Wesley Shermantine, partner killed up to 20 in decade-long murder spree

(Newser) - A serial killer on Death Row is giving up the locations of the bodies of up to 20 people he killed—for the tidy sum of $33,000, reports the LA Times . Convicted murderer Wesley Shermantine drew maps of two dumping grounds after he was paid by a Sacramento bounty... More »

Fla. Eyes Loosing Bounty Hunters on Pythons

Some 150K snakes living in Everglades

(Newser) - With pythons slithering amok in the Everglades, Florida wildlife managers are toying with the notion of employing bounty hunters to cull the population, the Miami Herald reports. “If we don't get on top of this, they're going to eradicate the indigenous species of the Everglades,” said one. Officials... More »

Ron Paul's Pirate Solution: Bounty Hunters

Constitution says US can hire mercenaries to patrol high seas

(Newser) - Texas Congressman Ron Paul looked to the history books for a solution to America’s pirate woes—and he says the government should put bounty hunters on the job, the Los Angeles Times reports. The idea has momentum in Congress, unlike some other notions suggested by the former presidential candidate.... More »

Hair From Mom's Trunk Matches Missing Caylee

Bounty hunter inexplicably backtracks on revoking Casey Anthony's bail

(Newser) - The hair found in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car likely came from missing daughter Caylee, Fox News reports. Florida law-enforcement sources say DNA tests on hair and an unidentified stain in Anthony’s car match those samples to 3-year-old Caylee and suggest she is dead. But the results... More »

Bounty Hunter: I Don't Think Caylee Is Alive

Padilla unable to get Anthony to talk

(Newser) - The bounty hunter who confidently posted Casey Anthony's bail because he believed her 3-year-old daughter was alive says he no longer thinks that's the case, reports CBS13. Leonard Padilla touted that he could uncover Caylee's whereabouts in 5 days, but said Casey "didn't talk"; he's considering revoking her bail... More »

Caylee's Mom Out on Bail

22-year-old mother of Fla. child missing since July out on bail

(Newser) - The mother of missing tot Caylee Anthony was released from a Florida jail today—with the fate of the 3-year-old still a mystery, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Bondsmen working for a couple of California bounty hunters posted $500,000 bail for 22-year-old Casey Anthony last night; the bounty hunters believe... More »

World Frowns on American For-Profit Bail System

Critics find private system unfair, corrupt; it's also effective

(Newser) - For the rest of the world, America’s bail bonds industry is a horrifying concept. Bail bondsmen are a private, commercial wing of the US justice system, putting up defendants’ bail in exchange for a non-refundable fee, the New York Times explains. To critics, the system is unfair and corrupt,... More »

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