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Juror From Joe Exotic's Murder-For-Hire Trial Claims 'Tiger King' Did 'A Huge Injustice To The Jury'
One of the jurors who helped convict Joe Exotic on murder-for-hire charges claimed the docuseries didn't tell the whole story.
Kristin, who hasn’t disclosed her last name, was one of the jurors who found Exotic guilty in 2019 of hiring a hitman to kill his longtime rival Carole Baskin. He’s currently serving 22 years for trying to get the animal activist killed, as well as for animal abuse-related charges, but claims he was wrongfully convicted.
"Tiger King" documented the bizarre downfall of Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, from eccentric zookeeper to infamous felon, but the juror contended the docuseries painted Exotic in too sympathetic of a light.
"They made him out to be almost a victim," Kristin said of the docuseries.
Kristin argued that the docuseries depicted Exotic as a “good guy" — but that’s not who she saw while serving as juror, she claimed.
"It just wasn't even the same story," Kristin told Grace. "It did a huge injustice to the jury because now people think that we convicted him based on absolutely nothing."
She said that a damning phone call was played during the trial, which wasn’t included in the docuseries, in which Exotic said that the “first guy that I hired to kill her ran away with my $3,000. Now we're going to try this again."
Gaylynn Eastwood, who used to work at Exotic’s former zoo, also blasted Exotic and "Tiger King" in a conversation with Grace. She claimed that the filmmakers “barely touched on anything and kind of left it open to the public just to fill in the blanks."
She called her former boss a master manipulator.
"He has this uncanny ability to meet someone and read them within seconds,” she said. “And kind of — if you have a weak spot, he knows exactly how to use that in his favor to get what he wants from you. I mean, it's uncanny and it's indescribable. You know, this man is a lunatic. He will do anything.”
In addition to Exotic’s murder-for-hire conviction, he was also found guilty of killing five tigers, falsifying wildlife records, and violating the Endangered Species Act, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Oklahoma. Exotic has long maintained that he only killed tigers out of mercy.
Exotic has recently begun focusing his energy on getting out of prison so he can enjoy his newfound fame. He has asked for a pardon from the president and has filed a lawsuit against the government and former colleagues while behind bars.
Oxygen.com has been unable to reach Netflix for comment.