Netflix’s newest must-see TV present is a weird story about an eccentric zookeeper whose feud with an animal rights activist led to a murder-for-hire plot.
On Jan. 22, 2020, Oklahoma-based zookeeper Joe Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in jail for plotting to homicide an animal rights activist who made it her mission to place him out of enterprise. Now the 57-year-old’s life story is being instructed in Netflix’s new must-see docu-series, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem & Madness, which premieres on the streaming service on March 20.
It’s the proper distraction as you self-isolate amid the coronavirus outbreak. What’s fascinating is that the wild story is true. Now behind bars, Joe (whose actual identify is Joseph Maldonado-Passage), is an eccentric blond, mullet-wearing wannabe-country singer who loves lions and tigers, which he as soon as proudly confirmed off in his zoo, Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Memorial Park. But his life started to unravel when he grew to become obsessive about Carole Baskin, the proprietor of Big Cat Rescue sanctuary, who led a protest marketing campaign to cease him from proudly owning and touring together with his unique animals. A bitter on-line feud spiraled right into a thwarted murder-for-hire plot that landed him in jail. Here’s the whole lot it’s good to learn about Joe and his wild story:
1. Joe was convicted of two counts of murder-for-hire, after a jury discovered him responsible in 2019 of paying a person $3,000 to journey right down to Florida to homicide Carole. Joe was additionally convicted of eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for “falsifying wildlife records” and 9 counts of violating the Endangered Species Act. The Justice Department accused him of killing 5 tigers in October 2017 to release cage house for different large cats.
2. He ran for president in 2016 and for governor of Oklahoma in 2018. “First thing is, I’m not cutting my hair,” the zookeeper mentioned in a marketing campaign video performed on an episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver in October 2016. “I’m not changing the way I dress. I refuse to wear a suit… I am gay. I’ve had two boyfriends most of my life… I am broke as s***.”
3. He was obsessive about fame. In addition to internet hosting his personal on-line collection, Joe filmed footage for a actuality TV present that he was planning to pitch to a community. Meanwhile vacationers may purchase souvenirs within the zoo’s retailer, which included condoms together with his face on it.
4. He was an aspiring nation music star. Just a few of Joe’s music movies are featured within the docu-series. His songs embrace, “I Saw A Tiger” and “Here Kitty Kitty.”
5. He was as soon as married to 2 males on the identical time. In 2014 Joe married Travis Maldonado and John Finlay, in line with Texas Monthly. The grooms all wore matching pink shirts and black denims. Joe and John have since cut up. Travis died after by accident taking pictures himself within the head in October 2017. Two months later, Joe married his present husband, Dillon Passage. Joe continues to take care of his innocence.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem & Madness will stream on Netflix from March 20 onwards.