Now there could be a sequel after U.S. President Donald Trump has said he can forgive Tiger King star Joe Exotic.
The seven-part documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has drawn more than 35 million viewers since its release on March 20 – and has become the number one Netflix player in the UK.
It traces the crazy life of Joe, his real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who kept 176 tigers, as well as lions, bears and alligators in his house in Oklahoma, which was also the largest private zoo in the States -United.
Joe would post videos on YouTube of him playing, swimming and fighting with dangerous animals.
He was also a proud polygamist with five husbands along the way, a country music singer with songs like Here Kitty Kitty and a presidential candidate for the United States in 2016, with the slogan: “I had two little ones friends for most of my life. I had naughty sex. I tried drugs. I am broke as sh * t. ”
The Netflix show is a true detective series after trying to add an exploit to his CV: the murder.
In January, Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in prison for twice trying to hire a hitman to kill Carole Baskin, owner of rival Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary, in Florida, as well as cruelty to animals and violation conservation laws.
Baskin, who wears animal print clothing, publicly criticized the Exotic Zoo and brought a trademark infringement case to court, where he was ordered to pay nearly $ 1 million.
During the first assassination attempt, Exotic gave a man $ 3,000 to travel from Oklahoma to Florida, with the promise to pay more money after his death, prosecutors said during his trial. last year.
He then attempted to hire another hitman, who was a secret FBI agent.
The trial also revealed a much darker side to Exotic’s big cat sanctuary, which included allegations that he had abused staff and added drugs to them. All said they witnessed cruelty to animals on an astonishing scale.
Despite all this – and admitting that he had never seen the Netflix show – Donald Trump said he would look into the 57-year-old Exotic case after his son Donald Trump Jr raised the issue .
“I’ll take a look,” said Trump. The president’s eldest son on Monday called Exotic’s 22-year prison sentence “aggressive” after watching the documentary series.
“I don’t even know exactly what he was accused of … I watched the show, but it was as if I didn’t know exactly what he was guilty of or not,” said Trump Jr.
“It doesn’t seem like he was completely innocent of anything. But when they say, “We put this guy aside for years,” I say it sounds pretty aggressive. “
When a reporter spoke about his son’s comments, Trump said, “What son? It must be Don. I felt like it was Don.
“I don’t know … he has 22 for what?” What did he do? “
After the reporter explained what the owner of the big cat was for, Trump asked, “Do you think he didn’t? Are you on his side Do you recommend forgiveness? ”
The President then asked other journalists in the briefing, asking, “Would you recommend a pardon?”
Trump has forgiven the controversial figures, including his close friend, the dishonored media mogul Conrad Black, who has been imprisoned for six years for defrauding investors.
If that happens, it will be the next incredible chapter in the life of the born man Joe Schreibvogel, who grew up on a farm in rural Kansas with his two brothers and two sisters.
Exotic has since stated that his mother and father, a Korean War veterinarian, never told him they loved him and that he had been repeatedly raped by an older boy in his own home when he was five years old.
Instead, he chose to give his love to the animals, breed racing pigeons and take squirrels and raccoons. He would shoot sparrows with his BB pistol, then bring the injured birds back so he could heal them.
He dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, but after high school he became a police officer in a nearby country town.
Aged 19, he began to accept his sexuality, but before he could tell his parents one of his siblings took him out to his father, who shake hands with young Joe and him promised not to attend his funeral.
Shortly after, he was approaching a bridge in his police car when he turned into the concrete barrier, almost collapsing on the edge.
He was seriously injured and moved with his older brother Garold to West Palm Beach, Florida, for therapy. There he married her first husband, Brian Rhyne, in an informal ceremony in 1986 and with Garold bought a pet store, selling reptiles, birds and fish, and later more exotic animals such as armadillos and possums.
But the disaster struck in 1996 when Garold died after being hit by a drunk driver.
He sold the pet store and, with the help of $ 130,000 he won in a lawsuit for the death of Garold, bought 16 acres of land an hour’s drive from Oklahoma City. He opened the animal sanctuary and it wasn’t long before people started to drop off exotic animals they no longer wanted, including a bear, a mountain lion and his first tigers, Tess and Tickles. In 2000, her husband Brian died of an infection.
Within a year, he remarried 24-year-old JC Hartpence, but fell in love with a 19-year-old man he hired, John Finlay, and continued his relationship with the two men.
When, in 2003, he wanted to break up with JC, he left a photo of his largest tiger, Goliath, discovering his teeth on a plate of meat with the words “the remains of JC”.
Attached was the post-it: “If you don’t collect your s ** t, it will be your reality”.
He made a name for himself as a “gay cowboy with a mule” and won over fans who saw him as an eccentric animal rescuer.
As his zoo grew to over 1,000 animals, with annual donations of more than $ 500,000, his television channel Joe Exotic received hundreds of thousands of online visits.
He sold skin care products, alcohol and condoms, and opened a bar and pizzeria near the zoo.
It was at the height of her success that animal rights activist Carole Baskin, owner of the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Tampa, Florida, began to criticize Joe’s references to conservation.
She accused him of mistreating his animals and raising inbreeding tigers and even for financial gain.
When she discovered that he was taking animals on a tour of shopping centers, she mobilized his supporters to write to the shopping centers where he had booked.
Joe began using the Big Cat Rescue name and logo to advertise his traveling animal exhibit.
In January 2011, Carole sued him in federal court.
Joe’s frequent online tirades against Carole became more sinister before finally in February 2014, he pulled out an inflatable doll with a blonde wig before shooting him in the head.
Still married to John, he fell in love with Travis Maldonado, a methamphetamine addict. Exotic, John and Travis got married a month later at a zoo-themed ceremony with monkeys as flower girls and a macaque as ring bearer.
Shortly after, John left Joe after 11 years. Travis committed suicide by showing off a gun in the zoo’s gift shop.
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Exotic was forced to go bankrupt and lost his zoo, but while he had lost everything, he still had his freedom – until he began to implement his plan to assassinate the woman he was blaming for all his misfortunes. Another zoo worker overheard his conversation with a maintenance man, offering him $ 5,000 to kill her with a crossbow or long-range rifle.
The FBI was already on the case, and when he offered the same money to the fake hitman “Mark”, saying, “This bitch just has to go. You just have to follow her into a parking lot in the shopping center, do her hair and leave ”, her fate was sealed. Now it’s the Tiger King who lives behind bars. But maybe Donald Trump will change all that.