‘Tiger King’: How Chealsi Putman Helped the FBI Catch Joe Exotic: ‘I Hope He Rots in Hell’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness star, Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) is allegedly “worse” than the hit Netflix docuseries portrays him to be. Maldonado-Passage’s niece, Chealsi Putman, has a couple of issues to say about her uncle, offering additional perception into the person behind the scenes. Spoiler alert: Her allegations are startling and helped the FBI put Maldonado-Passage behind bars.

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You can’t imagine every thing you see on TV. Such is the case with Tiger King and its overtly homosexual, mullet-wearing lead, Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) — in response to his niece.

31-year-old mom of three, Chealsi Putman, is the daughter of Maldonado-Passage’s youngest sister. She just lately opened as much as DailyMailTV with claims that her uncle might have began out as a “good guy” who “genuinely cared for the animals,” however that wasn’t the case because the years glided by.

Putman labored for Maldonado-Passage on and off on the G.W. Zoo from 1999-2017, earlier than Jeff and Lauren Lowe dissolved the company and took over (as seen in Tiger King).

Part of Putman’s work included “cleaning the animal cages, running the cash register and bookkeeping,” in response to the outlet. However, the 2 didn’t precisely get alongside.

“Our relationship was up and down, mainly because I wouldn’t put up with his bulls**t,” she stated, including a couple of of the horrors she “personally witnessed” whereas working on the zoo.

Putman has severe allegations towards her uncle

Aside from a couple of unsavory issues Tiger King revealed, Putman stated Maldonado-Passage has a historical past of animal abuse.

“I’ve personally witnessed Joe spray a tiger with a fire extinguisher, not out of a safety or for a life-saving reason, but because the tiger didn’t react the way Joe had wanted it to,” she stated.

“Joe at all times tried to distance himself from any criminality, however he had no downside involving his workers in it. She famous that when her uncle acquired checks or wire transfers for promoting unique animals below the desk, he used another person’s title.

Other stunning claims embody the freezing of tiger cubs.

“Over the years there must have been at least 10 tiger cubs that he froze. I have no idea what happened to them, they would just disappear,” she stated including he took child monkeys from their moms by any means (she stated he “darted” the mom) to promote them.

“He shot a total of five darts into the mother until she dozed off so he could pry the baby monkey away from its arms. I was disgusted by his actions, he’s lucky the mother monkey didn’t die,” Putman stated.

She added there wasn’t a lot Maldonado-Passage wouldn’t do for a fast greenback.

“In the Tiger King Netflix collection, you possibly can see glimpses of his evil persona however in real-life Joe is 100 instances worse. I would like folks to know who the true Joe Exotic is, not the one you’ve seen on TV,” she stated.

Putman helped the FBI get Maldonado-Passage

Putman calls her uncle a “cold-hearted criminal,” saying he “kept secrets from his family for years” and “conned her grandparents often.”

In 2018, Maldonado-Passage was allegedly on the run from the FBI for an alleged murder-for-hire plot towards animal rights activist, Carole Baskin.

Putman stated her uncle’s discuss of Baskin was an on a regular basis factor on the zoo, making Putman wish to assist the FBI catch him. She defined her grandma had a secret telephone wherein she discovered Maldonado-Passage’s quantity. She then gave the quantity to the FBI which helped them observe him down.

“I don’t think he should see the light of day again,” she stated. “He needs to rot in hell.”

Maldonado-Passage is presently serving a 22-year sentence in federal jail for 17 counts of animal cruelty and that alleged murder-for-hire plot towards Baskin.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is offered on Netflix now.

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