‘Tiger King’: 7 More Facts That Didn’t Make the Final Cut (And Yes, It Gets Weird)

by Jeremy Spirogis
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If you haven’t hopped aboard the Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness prepare but, there’s nonetheless time. The weird true story of Garold Wayne Zoo proprietor, Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic), his outlandish murder-for-hire-plot in opposition to rival, Carole Baskin, and all of the “what just happened” moments in between, makes for one addictive collection. That mentioned, there are loads of threads not proven within the seven-part collection each Tiger King viewer ought to know.

‘Joe Exotic’ was beforehand a police chief and this isn’t a drill

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Long earlier than Joseph Maldonado-Passage owned the Gerold Wayne Zoo in Oklahoma and have become the main man of Tiger King, he was a police chief for the small city of Eastvale, Texas — inhabitants: 503.

At the time, Maldonado-Passage had a live-in girlfriend, in line with NY Mag, however had begun frequenting the homosexual nightclubs. 1985 marks when he crashed his police cruiser right into a bridge, breaking his again. However, because the outlet studies, residents of Eastvale don’t bear in mind the accident,

Furthermore, the outlet mentioned his boyfriend on the time thought Maldonado-Passage solely suffered a damaged shoulder and the “saltwater rehab” he endured was snorkeling.

Maldonado-Passage’s ex-husband is serving a life sentence for homicide

Before Maldonado-Passage met John Finlay, Travis Maldonado, and Dillon Passage, he was beforehand married to J.C. Hartpence, whom he met on the homosexual bar, Copra.

Hartpence helped with Maldonado-Passage’s magic acts however the two had a tumultuous relationship. Texas Monthly reported an incent wherein Maldonado-Passage “left J.C. a threatening image of a tiger baring his teeth over a piece of meat with the words ‘J.C.’s remains’ written underneath.” 

Also, Hartpence as soon as pointed a gun at Maldonado-Passage. It’s factor the connection ended as a result of Hartpence is now serving a sentence for the homicide of Curtis Shelton, in line with the Witchita Eagle.

Maldonado-Passage claimed to written ‘Say Something’ however A Great Big World

Along the traces of Maldonado-Passage taking credit score for all of the music sung in Tiger King, he as soon as informed documentarian, Rick Kirkham, he additionally wrote the hit track, “Say Something.”

The track was written and carried out by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera. Both Carole Baskin and Kirkham pointed this out. And by the best way — nation and western duo Vince Johnson and Danny Clinton are the actual voices behind Maldonado-Passage’s tunes.

Maldonado-Passage had a number of aliases

As proven in Tiger King, Maldonado-Passage carried out magic acts early on. He went beneath the aliases, Aarron Alex and Cody Ryan. According to Aaron Stone, a former assistant who appeared on the Wondery podcast Joe Exotic: Tiger King, Maldonado-Passage spray-painted a sheep orange with black stripes to appear to be a tiger for certainly one of his acts.

Joe Kirkham’s canine died in a home hearth

Tiger King revealed a devastating hearth that burned the zoo’s reptiles together with footage from Maldonado-Passage’s TV studio. Though he accused Inside Edition alum, Kirkham, it couldn’t be confirmed.

Later — and by coincidence — Kirkham’s Dallas condominium burned down. His canine died within the hearth, and nobody was arrested. He now lives in Norway together with his spouse.

Carole Baskin ran away from house at 15

According to the identical NY Mag profile of Tiger King, Carole Baskin ran away from house at simply 15 years outdated with a neighborhood curler rink worker. She then hitchhiked from Florida to Maine, married her low cost division retailer boss, and have become pregnant with their daughter.

Later, whereas hitchhiking, Don Lewis picked her up. The relaxation is historical past.

Don Lewis allegedly filed a restraining order in opposition to Carole

The identical 12 months Carole Baskin’s earlier husband, Don Lewis, went lacking, he allegedly filed a petition for a restraining order, as informed by NY Mag. The petition was rejected. A couple of weeks later, Lewis went lacking and has not been seen since.

Lewis’s van was discovered at a close-by airport, however nobody claims to have seen him, the outlet elaborated. Some suppose he traveled to Costa Rica, whereas Lewis’s daughters have accused Baskin of killing him and feeling his physique to the tigers (therefore the memes circulating).

Baskin wasn’t a suspect and no proof has surfaced of a homicide. In the time since then, Baskin and Lewis’s daughters have battled over Lewis’s property.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is out there to stream now.

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