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Dale "Mad Dog" Messmer Shares His Story, In Hopes to Reach Youth

on Monday, 14 May 2012. Posted in Celebrities, Voices in Recovery, Breaking News


Dale "Mad Dog" Messmer has an interesting and cautionary tale to tell. He is also a regular on Maury Povich giving "boot-camp" to at-risk youth, and he spends his life trying to help youth understand the consequences of their decisions, through sharing his bad choices, which ultimately led to prison.

A former US Marine makes his way to Carlsbad, to share his story in hopes to steer a group of local middle school kids to keep out of trouble and out of harm's way. According to, Dale "Mad Dog" Messmer was medically/honorably discharged from the military. As a former US Marine, former mercenary, bounty hunter, body guard, pilot, stuntman, actor, and ex-convict, he plans to tell his story at several speaking events, sponsored by Carlsbad Anti-Drug/Gang Coalition.

Messmer will give four presentations, at two different middle schools in the area. He plans to talk to the students about choices, speaking from personal experience with bad choices and their consequences. He spent over a decade in prisons on four states after being convicted of various crimes from drug smuggling and distribution of cocaine, to possession of guns and explosives.

After his military career, Messmer became involved in various business ventures that eventually led him to smuggling drugs in his aircraft for the infamous Pablo Escobar Cocaine Cartel. After his arrest, he jumped bail and disappeared for a year before turning himself in. He served over ten years in prison and was paroled in 1994.

Messmer founded The Straight Talk Outreach Program (STOP). In the last 16 years, he has spoken to over 1 million students, hoping that his story can provide an example of what not to do. STOP has gained the endorsement of law enforcement agencies, juvenile courts, and education systems across the US.

Messmer is also a regular on the Maury Povich Show, taking at-risk teens to boot camp. He is a stunt coordinator, featured in numerous programs. He is the co-founder of America's Youth Ranch in Missouri. Messmer will also make a visit to teens who have had trouble with the law, while he is in Carlsbad.

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