When Tiger King: Homicide, Mayhem and Insanity dropped on Netflix in March, hundreds of thousands had been fascinated by the story of Joe Unique and the unique cat rescue recreation. In only a few episodes, Netflix suits years of exploitation, rivalry, and even a lacking particular person’s case into this sequence.
The person not solely owned an unique animal park the place he saved tigers, massive birds, and even bears, however the polygamous homosexual man was additionally on the middle of a murder-for-hire plot towards his rival, Carole Baskin of Huge Cat Rescue.
His story is a rollercoaster from starting to finish, however many viewers completed the sequence with the query: Why is Joe Unique the best way he’s?
Investigation Discovery’s new documentary, Joe Unique: Earlier than He Was King, makes an attempt to reply that, and ID’s Derrick Levasseur spoke solely with Distractify about what they discovered when wanting into the psychology behind the Tiger King.
ID takes a glance into Joe Unique’s psychology.
Within the particular, viewers will rapidly see that Joe’s previous is riddled with roadblocks. From his brother dying at a younger age to him struggling to be accepted by his household as a homosexual man, it is clear that his upbringing had an affect on the person he grew to become.
Derrick says that it is very easy as a viewer to sympathize with Joe. One take a look at a number of the tales from his previous will make it clear why he struggled in life. However is that basically sufficient to excuse his habits?
“If there’s one factor that I’ve realized all through my years of investigations … essentially the most harmful factor about them is that plenty of the time they’re pathological liars,” Derrick mentioned, talking on his years of labor in legislation enforcement earlier than working for Discovery. “What’s so fascinating about them is they really consider their very own lies, in each sense of the phrase. They justify their actions at present by the issues they skilled of their previous.”
And Derrick factors out how Joe has constantly executed this as his story has develop into extra publicized.
“When Joe Unique’s sitting in entrance of the digicam and he is breaking down concerning the issues that occurred to him, he is manipulating the scenario to persuade the viewers that he is the sufferer right here,” Derrick says. “He is only a sufferer of circumstances, and that is why he’s the best way he’s at present. However the actuality is he is utilizing it as an excuse. However he does not know that himself.”
Derrick mentioned that whereas Joe claims to have executed every thing he did for the animals, he actually desires viewers to scrutinize Joe’s actions and whether or not they really match up together with his claims.
“His actions inform you that he did not care about these animals,” he says. “He did not love them. As a result of if you happen to’re in a position to go within the yard and [shoot them] … clearly your actions do not help the concept that you’re keen on and look after them.”
He hopes Earlier than He Was King will open viewers’ eyes to the reality behind Joe Unique, and he invitations them to essentially look additional into Joe’s scenario earlier than taking what he says on digicam at face worth.
Viewers can tune into Earlier than He Was King proper after the finale of Joe Unique: Tigers, Lies and Cowl-Up on Monday, Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. ET on ID.