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Netflix's Bonkers New True Crime 'Tiger King' Arrives On Friday

Netflix's Bonkers New True Crime 'Tiger King' Arrives On Friday

If you're looking to add some more shows to your self-isolation TV binge list then, boy, do we have the perfect programme for you.

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Gripping new true-crime docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is landing on Netflix on Friday 19th March - and it looks absolutely crazy.

The show is set to focus on Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) - a big cat owner and country western singer who presides over a zoo in Oklahoma.

Joe Exotic was known for being *obsessed* with big cats, and even appeared on a Louis Theroux documentary - but that's only half the story.

In January, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his involvement in a murder for hire plot against Carole Baskin, his long-term critic.

The trailer looks terrifying (Credit: Netflix)
The trailer looks terrifying (Credit: Netflix)
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Described the "Mother Teresa of cats" Carole was CEO of Tampa animal sanctuary Big Cat Rescue, and she was intent on ending the private possession of animals.

Her passionate pursuit to free his big cats threatened to put Joe out of business, thus leading him down a very dark path.

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."

Joe Exotic is currently serving time (Credit: Netflix)
Joe Exotic is currently serving time (Credit: Netflix)

As the rivalry and conflict continues, events escalate dramatically and he is eventually arrested for orchestrating Carole's murder.

According to prosecutors, Joe 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 Joe 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 creators of 'Fyre' (Credit: Netflix)
The docu-series is from the creators of 'Fyre' (Credit: Netflix)

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.

We know what we'll be watching tomorrow tonight!

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV News, TV Entertainment, Netflix

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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