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Zookeeper 'Joe Exotic' Accused of Murder for Hire Plot

Gulf Breeze, Fla.. A zookeeper originally from Oklahoma known as "Joe Exotic" was arrested Friday in Gulf Breeze accused of paying someone to try and kill an animal rights activist.

 A news release from the Department of Justice says Joseph Maldonado-Passage, AKA "Joe Exotic" "hiring an unnamed person in November 2017 to murder "Jane Doe" in Florida.  

According to the news release, Maldonado-Passage gave the unnamed person $3,000 to travel from Oklahoma to South Carolina and then to Florida to carry out the murder."


The release goes on to say Maldonado-Passage also asked a second person to carry out the murder for money. That person then informed the FBI. The news release does not identify the target of "Joe Exotic's" alleged plot but the Washington Post wrote that the intended victim was Carol Baskin, the head of an animal sanctuary in the Tampa area. 

The Post wrote that Baskin was a frequent critic of Maldonado and he fired back in a video posted online.  

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