A Former Bounty Hunter with Stories to Tell

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Danny Ray Terry, left, with Rick Kincaid.

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When he worked as a bounty hunter, Rick Kincaid tracked down hundreds of people who had skipped out on their bail.

As he tells his friend Danny Ray Terry, the people Kincaid hunted included wily youngsters who were uncatchable once they reached the woods. That was one of the "funnier bounty hunts I ever did," Kincaid remembers. After several fruitless tries to nab the man, it wasn't the $300 bond that motivated Kincaid to keep after him — "it became a matter of principle," Kincaid says.

But the targets also occasionally included hardened criminals with a lot to lose, people who were capable of intense violence. It was one of those cases that led Kincaid to hang up his bounty-hunting career after 11 years.

Kincaid and Terry spoke about bounty-hunting at a StoryCorps mobile booth in Austin, Texas.

This story was produced for Morning Edition by Katie Simon.



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