Former HSOTD Joe Exotic is in some seriously hot water and was recently arrested and is being indicted by a federal grand jury for attempted murder for hire, solidifying his status as a #1 contender for Hot Slut of The Century: Criminal Minds Edition. While his alleged actions were despicable, his unmitigated trashiness is legend. According to The Washington Post, Joe (born name: Joseph Maldonado-Passage) threatened and harassed a woman named Carole Baskin for years. Carole runs an animal rights organization called Big Cat Rescue, and Joe owns a traveling petting zoo of big cats. They’ve never met, but according to Joe, if that were to happen, he threatened to shoot her in the head. Then he tried to hire goons to do his dirty work for him.
According to The Washington Post, Joe posted a video on Facebook directed at Carol in which he states that he had better never ever see her face to face. And then:
He then turns to his right, lifts a large silver revolver and fires into the head of a blond-haired blowup doll draped in a brown blanket.
“That,” he says, pointing his hand at the camera, “is how sick and tired of this . . . I am.”
Joe also posted another video in which he hung Carol in effigy (you can see the videos here, as well as Carol’s response). Carol’s Big Cat Rescue had for years, criticized Joe’s practices as a zookeeper, specifically the condition in which his animals were kept and of his traveling “roadside zoo” which had him bringing baby tiger cubs to malls where people can pet them and take pictures. BCR successfully petitioned the participating malls to no longer support Joe and his business failed. In a spectacularly petty move, Joe renamed his business Big Cat Rescue Entertainment in retaliation(in 2011, BCR successfully sued Joe for intellectual property violations and received a $1 million judgement which they have not collected on).
The harassment continued and Carol says “I have received multiple death threats over the years, including at one point a number of snakes placed in my mailbox” which, wow. Joe ran for President of the United States in 2016 on a platform of never cutting his hair, having “kinky sex” and I guess, a snake in every mailbox? He also said in his campaign ad: “I am broke as shit and I have a judgment against me from some bitch down in Florida”.
Here’s his campaign video.
Sadly, there will likely be no Joe Exotic 2020 ticket. Joe’s threats towards Carol continued and he stated in one video that he was “the most dangerous exotic animal owner on this planet right now,” which wasn’t even a contest I knew existed. The feds eventually got involved and it was discovered that in November of 2017, Joe had backed up this claim by asking a guy if he “would travel to Florida to murder Jane Doe.” (WP says that it’s unknown why “Jane Doe” was used in the case, it’s evident that Carol was the target).
The defendant allegedly offered the individual $3,000 in cash for the hit, as well as “thousands of dollars more” after the murder.
Joe asked a second person to if they were into murder for hire and that person introduced him to an undercover FBI officer and now Joe is facing two counts of “the use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder for hire” and 20 years in prison. One last bizarro detail, Joe’s husband died last year after “accidentally shooting himself in the head”.
And I think those screams of glee we all just heard were Netflix executives discovering their next 12-part true crime series.