Mugshot for Joe Exotic.
(Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office in Florida
Oklahoma’s eccentric large cat breeder Joe Exotic is charged with hiring assassins to kill the operator of a Florida animal shelter, according to reports.
One of the “assassins” was an undercover FBI agent, an Oklahoma indictment. Exotic, 55, was Thursday arrested in Gulf Breeze, Fla.
“I was surprised that he did not want to do it for themselves, but I was not surprised that he would try and follow through,” the intended victim, Carole Baskin, told KWTV Friday.
Baskin runs Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.
Exotic blames Baskin to make decisions in a total of more than $1 million against him, according to the Oklahoman newspaper.
He threatened violence against Baskin in online videos, according to the paper.
Exotic is known best for the creation of a private zoo in Wynnewood, Okla., he walked to the beginning of this year, and collides with the animal rights groups who accused him of abuse, the paper reported.
He also has been involved in the politics, the Oklahoman reported. He ran for Oklahoma governor this year as a Libertarian, winning the support of 664 voters in the primary. He has previously announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2015.
Exotic allegedly paid a person $3,000 to kill Baskin in November of last year, according to reports.
“He has reportedly agreed to pay thousands more after the act,” the Oklahoma City U. S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release Friday.
He also repeatedly asked another person to find someone to kill Baskin, prosecutors said. She is identified in the indictment as Jane Doe.
The second person then introduced the FBI undercover agent to Exotic in December to discuss the murder, according to the officers of justice.