Joe Exotic believes that his mother’s death was a “murder by overdose.”
The Tiger King star – also known as Joseph Maldonado-Passage – reveals this in court documents that also suggest the death of Shirley Schreibvogel was never properly investigated because his former partner Jeff Lowe quickly had her cremated so he could gain control of Joe Exotic’s animal empire.
Joe Exotic makes this claim about his mother in the $93 million lawsuit he filed against the government earlier this year.
That complaint accuses two government agencies – the Department of the Interior and Fish & Wildlife Services – of conspiring to falsely imprison him on murder-for-hire charges.
Joe Exotic was convicted in 2019 and sentenced to 22 years in prison this past January for an alleged plot to murder animal rights activist Carol Baskin.
Among the grievances he lists in his court filing is the death of his mother, which he believes might not have happened had he not been in prison.
“[T]he government is discriminating and maliciously prosecuting, which has resulted in false imprisonment of [Joe Exotic] which has caused the loss of personal property and being the main caretaker of [Joe Exotic’s] mother, Shirley Schreibvogel,” reads the complaint.
“This contributed to his mother’s death and possible murder by overdose within one year of [Joe Exotic’s] arrest.”
He does not accuse anyone of murdering his mother in the complaint, but does state who he believes benefitted the most from her passing.
“It is believed that Jeffrey Lowe, with the help of Agent Matthew Bryant, had the most to gain by the mother’s passing and having her cremated before announcing that she had died, therefore making Jeffrey Lowe the sole owner of the zoo land and all assets on the zoo land including [Joe Exotic’s] animals,” states Joe Exotic, who authored his complaint from behind bars.
Jeff Lowe is the target of much of Joe Exotic’s anger in the complaint.
“Jeffrey Lowe conned his way into [Joe Exotic’s] zoo in November 2015 pretending to be a millionaire and investor,” reads the complaint.
“Jeffrey Lowe brought in an employee of his from South Carolina, Allen Glover, also a felon.”
Joe Exotic claims that Allen was “the Government’s ‘hit man’ in their murder for hire scheme” that put him behind bars.
He claims that he was twice entrapped in ‘bogus murder for hire scheme’ with a ‘confidential informant and “crooked cop.”
His bid for release has managed to draw some major star power in recent weeks, ever since Tiger King became Netflix’s most streamed show in the US shortly after its release.
Viewership has continued to soar as more and more Americans find themselves inside amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Among those viewers are celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Jared Leto, Sylvester Stallone and Chrissy Teigen.
Many of them also believe Joe Exotic is not guilty of the crimes for which he has been punished, and some are even looking to aid his legal efforts.
“Bout to start me a gofundme account for Joe,” wrote Cardi B.
“He shall be free.”
Joe Exotic, who is openly gay and ran for president in 2016, started his 16-acre “roadside zoo” back in 1999 with his mother in Greater Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
He quickly assembled a large collection of exotic and endangered pets who were not native to the continent, let alone Oklahoma.
Joe Exotic’s personal life is just as wild, having been married five times including once in sa three-way ceremony back that resulted in his hyphenated last name.
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