Netflix True Crime 'Tiger King' Looks Seriously Messed Up
The docu-series focuses on Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) - a big cat owner and country western singer who presides over a zoo in Oklahoma.
Maldonado-Passage has a passion for big cats, as does his circle of drug kingpins, conmen and cult leaders. But when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and sanctuary owner threatens their business, things take a very dark twist.
Carole - who is described as the "Mother Teresa of cats" and wants to end the private possession of the animals - threatens to put Maldonado-Passage out of business and a dangerous rivalry begins between the two.
The trailer looks pretty dark, with one interviewee describing Joe as "a mythical character living out in Oklahoma... [who] owned 1,200 tigers and lions and bears".
Meanwhile, Maldonado-Passage, who describes Carole as a "hypocrite" can be heard explaining: "This is my way of living and no one is going to tell me any other way.
"[...] She is a hypocrite, she literally does everything I do."
As the rivalry and conflict continues, events escalate dramatically and he is eventually arrested for a 'murder-for-hire plot'.
According to prosecutors, Maldonado-Passage attempted to hire people on multiple occasions to murder Carole. Authorities also claimed he had killed five tigers to free space for other exotic animals in his zoo.
He said he had done this for 'humane reasons'. The series tells the story of how Maldonado-Passage was found guilty of two counts of murder-for-hire, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.
The docu-series is from the same studio as last year's gripping documentary, Fyre and directed by Eric Goode and Rebecca Chailkin.
Chris Smith (Fyre, Jim & Andy) and Fisher Stevens (Before the Flood, Bright Lights) are executive producers on the series, which hits the streaming platform on Friday 20th March.
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