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Joe Exotic Had A Strange Obsession With Carole Baskin

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If you have not seen Tiger King, you better make it first on your list! Quarantine 2020 is all about the murder, mayhem, and madness of the big cat world. It’s clear to those who have already watched Tiger KingMurder, Mayhem, and Madness, that Joseph Maldonado-Passage (Joe Exotic) was deeply obsessed with Carole Baskin.

Dangerous obsession of Carole Baskin drew concern from employees

That obsession is partly what led him to serve a 22-year prison sentence. Passage paid a man  $3,000 to kill his competitor and the Big Cat Rescue founder. Former employer, Kelci Saffery was concerned after it became clear that “Carole was the first thing on Passage’s mind every morning and the last thing on his mind every night.”

Others around Joe Exotic’s Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Memorial Park began to grow concerned about the feud with Baskin. Joe Exotic sent threatening videos and even made a company that closely resembled Big Cat Rescue’s name and logo. He ended up losing a massive million-dollar trademark suit in 2011.

Joe Exotic moving on from Carole Baskin obsession

The cats were originally all that Joe Exotic was concerned about. Friends and supporters saw him as one of the smartest guys in the industry. Former zoo owner Tim Stark warned Joe about going to battle against Carole, but he did not listen. Joe’s ex-husband John Finlay said he knew Joe was heading in a bad direction. Saff said that Joe Exotic’s fixation with Carole Baskin was “the worst kind of love story.”

Joe ended up in massive debt after he lost the trademark lawsuit, and became very hateful of Baskin. Joe turned towards doing anything and everything to protect the zoo. The Tiger King started losing focus of the animals and instead turned toward running for president in 2015 and eventually entering into a major feud with Carole.

From prison, Joe Exotic has filed a lawsuit against several government agencies, as well as his former business partner Jeff Lowe, wanting $94 million in damages. The rivalry is in Joe’s rearview mirror and now focused on leaving jail a free man.

During his time in jail, he’s reconsidered the ability to keep animals in confinement, because of his experience being in prison. He’s ready to leave prison a celebrity and interact with the public. “You know it would be nice if I could actually see me being famous out there but I’ve seen these same four walls for a year and a half now,” he said.

For the latest updates on Joe Exotic and the shows about him, check back with TV Shows Ace.

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