Star Of Netflix’s Hit Show ‘Tiger King,’ Joe Exotic, Asks Trump For Presidential Pardon – By Emily Zanotti (DailyWire) / March 30 2020
Joe Exotic, the central figure in the hit Netflix true crime program, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” is asking the White House for a presidential pardon, allowing him to walk free from a Florida prison where he’s serving 22 years for a murder-for-hire plot that forms the central storyline of the seven-part docuseries.
Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage (or Joe Schreibvogel, depending on legal filing), “posted the public plea on his Facebook page on Wednesday, urging Trump ‘for a special investigation or a Presidential Pardon from the Conviction I have Just received,’” according to Fox Business.
The letter, which goes on for more than a thousand words, suggests that Joe is the victim of a coordinated persecution by both his archnemesis Carol Baskin, who is never named in the letter, and a “seasoned con man” — likely Las Vegas, Nevada, playboy Jeff Lowe who, according to the Netflix series, became an informant on Joe Exotic’s activities, eventually leading to his arrest for an abortive murder-for-hire plot against Baskin and for five counts of “violating the Endangered Species Act for killing five tiger cubs,” per Fox.
“In November 2017, Maldonado-Passage paid a zoo worker cash to kill Baskin,” according to Fox Business. “Instead, he took the money and ran. In a second attempt, he hired another hitman who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, prosecutors said.”
Joe Exotic says he isn’t responsible.