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Everyone On “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” RANKED

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is the talk of a nation as the Netflix docu-series blows the minds of everyone who dares hit play on that first episode. Once you make that commitment, it is impossible to turn off, as millions have already learned since it began streaming one week ago today.

It would be impossible for me to describe the wild ride that is Tiger King because each new bombshell and each new twist could be its own show. The moment you think it can’t possibly get any weirder, you soon learn that you haven’t even scratched the surface of everything to digest from this behind-the-scenes look at the roadside zoo business and the lunatics–the complete f***ing lunatics–who operate them.

For the many who have already seen it, below you will find the definitive ranking of every person on Tiger King: Murder Mayhem and Madness, the least worst down through the absolute worst. These rankings are based on how each person was portrayed on the show and it is littered with spoilers so do not scroll any further if you haven’t seen all seven episodes. You’ve been warned.


Everyone on Tiger King, Ranked

38. Amanda Green | Federal Prosecutor

We’ll start with the most normal person, I guess. She is a federal prosecutor after all.


37. Brittany Peet | PETA

Out of respect for PETA, she can go here. Great last name for a PETA law enforcement officer too.


36. Sheriff Rhodes | Garvin County, Oklahoma

Best I could tell he’s just your everyday local sheriff, but with a Joe Exotic problem. Poor guy.


35. Sylvia Corkill | Reporter News 9

This story must’ve been great for her career.


34. Lynda Sanchez and Gal Rathbone | Don Lewis’ Daughters

Not big Carole fans.


33. Gladys Lewis Cross | Don Lewis’ Ex-Wife

When Don left his wife Gladys and their two kids for Carole, he told his family Carole is an angel. Gladys said, “She’s an angel sent straight from hell and one day you’ll find out” and you go Gladys.


32. Francis & Shirley Schriebvogel | Joe Exotic’s Parents

Bless their hearts. They’ve been through a lot.


31. J.P. Wilson | Magician

As an eighth-grader, J.P. Wilson taught Joe how to do magic for Joe’s magic tour.

Joe learned magic from a 12-year-old.


30. John Marsicano | Homicide Detective

Marsicano was one of the lead detectives in the disappearance of Don Lewis. How do you mess that up, John? And what’s up with the living room?


29. Joe Exotic Voter

This guy believed in him.


28. Wendell Williams, Ann McQueen, Dale Lively, Kenny Far, Joseph Fritz | Don Lewis’ Business Associate, Executive Assistant, Mechanic, Handyman and Attorney

All of these people presented great evidence against Carole. Ann McQueen showed up big with receipts for Don’s restraining order against Carole and the death threats at home.

Handyman Kenny doesn’t seem convinced Don’s dead though.


27. Joshua Dial | Joe Exotic’s Campaign Manager

One day you’re an assistant manager at the local Walmart, the next day you’re a campaign manager in a presidential race.

Always be ready when opportunity knocks, kids.


26. Marc Thompson | Joe Exotic’s Security Guard

Poor Marc. I don’t know what happened in his law enforcement career that drove him to Joe’s doorstep but poor Marc. All he ever wanted to be was a cop.


25. Amber The Secretary | G.W. Zoo

Amber was the secretary at the G.W. Zoo where she also worked part-time as John Finlay’s sidepiece.


24. Don Lewis | Carole’s Late Husband

Don Lewis abandoned his family for a young woman he saw on the side of the road. We certainly don’t support that. He also was a big girlfriend-on-the-side guy, even with Carole.

Don couldn’t keep it in his pants, but still didn’t deserve to be murdered I mean “disappear.”


23. Susan Bass | Big Cat Rescue PR

Susan works for Big Cat Rescue, can’t trust her.


22. Barbara Fischer | Doc Antle’s Former Apprentice

Barbara lives in Iowa now, but worked for Doc Antle almost 20 years. She denied sleeping with him to move up the zookeeper corporate ladder, but definitely got breast implants for the zoo against her better judgment.

Her dad dropped her off at Doc’s when she was young, which is a little weird. A lotta weird, actually.


21. Cheryl Maldonado | Travis Maldonado’s Mother

She seemed fine, as far as Oklahoma zookeepers whose sons marry their bosses go.


20. Dillon Passage | Joe Exotic’s Husband

Surely he can get on part time at the nearest Pac-Sun and away from his imprisoned lover.


19. Rick Kirkham | Producer, Joe Exotic TV

This wasn’t on the documentary, but Kirkham once interviewed president George W. Bush about drug abuse while high on crack. (He was high on crack, the president wasn’t.) As for Kirkham’s role in Tiger King, I bet he knows how the fire started.


18. Travis Maldonado | Joe’s Husband (RIP)

Tough one here. Sad story. Cali teen looking for drugs and a little fun, lands in Joe’s backyard and eventually his bed, then the clip-less Ruger gets him. I’ll remember Travis for happier times, like when he, Joe and John all married each other in those matching pink outfits.


17. John Finlay | Joe’s Husband

John was a month out of high school when he met Joe. They spent the next 11 years together as husband and husband, plus the new husband, until John ran off with Amber the secretary. Privately Owned Joe Exotic, no more.


16. Dennis Hill | Former Exotic Animal Dealer

Dennis Hill and his great beard sold Don and Carole their first tiger in 1995.

We’ll use this space to also include other dealers who made appearances: people like Jeff Johnson, Mark McCarthy and others. They all suck.


15. Kody Antle | Doc Antle’s Son

Mixed on this one. Poor guy didn’t ask for any of this. He wasn’t born into this world hoping his dad would have a handful of wives, a tiger zoo in which they lived, and a soul patch. But after seeing his ponytail, he doesn’t seem too mad about it all. He only had around five seconds of screen time throughout the entire show and that’s about all I needed to assume he’s a nutcase like his old man.


14. Kelci “Saff” Saffery | Animal Keeper, G.W. Zoo

Imagine being faced with the decision of two years of reconstructive surgery or amputating your left arm as you recover from getting mauled by a tiger. Then imagine picking amputation, then imagine leaving the hospital early to go back to work with the same tiger that mauled you to protect the zoo from the media.

Saff’s a loyal employee. No question.


13. Erik Cowie | Head Zoo Keeper, G.W. Zoo

I worry about all the vodka he had laying around in that follow-up interview at the end. Be careful, Erik.


12. John Reinke | Manager, G.W. Zoo

I want to like John. He was just trying to stay out of trouble and take care of animals. But he managed the zoo for 14 years and at the very least he must’ve witnessed some horrible stuff. He also seemed very down for Joe’s plan for a “Waco” situation against local police.

And a zip-lining accident? Who saw that coming? Not me.


11.  China, Moksha, Rajnee and others | Doc Antle’s Employee Wives

I have so many questions.


10. Howard Baskin | Carole Baskin’s Husband

It’s obvious Howard is whipped and only a pawn in Carole’s big game. Could be hypnotized, I don’t know. Whatever the case, it’s too late to save him. He’s fully committed at this point. He hasn’t seen his backbone in years. What a shame. He could’ve been a great Prince Charles impersonator in another life.


9. Lauren Lowe | Jeff Lowe’s Wife

Behind every great Affliction shirt there’s a great woman.


8. James Garretson | Businessman

He could be the best businessman to ever do business but I can’t take him seriously with that haircut. And then to snitch?


7. Tim Stark | Wildlife In Need

He’s just like the rest of them.


6. Mario (and Maria) Tabraue | ZWF Miami

Mario is the former drug dealer considered the “Tony Montana” of zookeepers, who also covered up the murder, mutilation and cremation of an FBI informant. He got 100 years in prison, won the appeal, and now he collects tigers in Miami.


5. Allen Glover | Jeff Lowe’s Handyman

Allen can’t be forgiven for his part in the murder-for-hire plot, considering he was in a lead role as the murderer who was hired. And I don’t trust any man Jeff Lowe vouches for. Allen’s done some things. The man has a teardrop tattoo on his face. Hell he offered to cut off Carole Baskin’s head and bring it back to Oklahoma for $3,000. Three thousand dollars to drive to Tampa to cut off a high-profile woman’s head and then travel back to Oklahoma with the head? Who is this guy’s agent??? That’s a 20-hour drive each way. Gas alone is going to run you $500. Then a man’s gotta sleep at some point and this isn’t a quick job to pull off. I’d say at least a couple nights on the road and then a couple more in Tampa during peak travel season. Man’s gotta eat too, plus Allen looks like a guy that smokes and needs a few whiskeys. We’re over a $1,000 before we’ve even purchased a knife. Allen would’ve been lucky to break even if he had gone through with it.


4. Joe Exotic | Entrepreneur, Zookeeper, Country Singer, TV Show Host, Magician, Presidential Candidate, Gubernatorial Candidate, Paramedic, Veterinarian, Husband, Husband, Husband

We don’t have enough hours in the day to list all of the horrible things Joe Exotic did. On the surface, he’s an exotic cat collector who offered drugs to young straight men to convince them to marry him, while running a roadside zoo in Oklahoma. If that’s all there is to Joe Exotic, he would still suck. But Joe also robbed his own parents and killed endangered animals once they stopped making money for him, among much more that we saw on the show and God knows what else. He’s despicable and he’s in jail where he belongs, but he still wasn’t the worst person on Tiger King.


3. Jeff Lowe | Businessman 

I mean, look at that guy. Look at that bandana/flatbill combo on his head. Are you shocked that he’s into some sleazy activity? Grandpa here took baby cubs from their mothers, in suitcases, to VEGAS, so he could lure young women to his hotel room to see them. Then he stole Joe’s zoo, and while I think Joe is horrible and his zoo was horrible, that was his horrible zoo. Jeff Lowe set Joe up with the feds and then took over the operation. What a coward.

And did anyone else vomit when he started bragging about the new nanny he picked out? Jeff sucks, but not as bad as No. 2 on our list.


2. Bhagavan “Doc” Antle | Myrtle Beach Safari,

Joe Exotic’s “mentor” is partially responsible for the entire Joe Exotic empire, not to mention his own crimes against animals and that whole sex cult thing he has going on. Doc Antle, a doctor of the mystical arts, he says, has anywhere from three to nine wives, depending who you ask, and if you’re wondering, Bhaganvan means “Lord” because of course it does.

Lord Antle tells his unpaid female zoo volunteers that they are enlightened when they touch his penis, and he convinced virgins to sleep with him so they’d be bonded to him forever. All of this in addition to euthanizing exotic animals and making good money doing it.

Doc is almost the worst.

The worst is…


1. Carole Baskin | Big Cat Rescue

Hey all you cool cats and kittens! She definitely killed her rich first husband and fed him to the tigers, right? Like no one is seriously questioning that, right? Ok fine, I’ll take the septic tank argument over the tiger feeding but that’s it.

Look, I sympathize for her rough upbringing and traumatic past, and admire her rags-to-riches story of strutting down the road at 20 years young when a millionaire picked her up in his truck and took her to a motel room, then deserted his family and married her. Real lottery ticket for Carole and her tight-fitting jeans on Nebraska Avenue that night. That being said, she’s still a hypocritical cat collector with a murderous past.

She. is. the. worst.

Cue the music…

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

19 Comments for Everyone On “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” RANKED

  1. BlueSteel
    11:46 am March 27, 2020 Permalink

    Good list – Although I would probably move Doc Antle to 5 and move everyone else up 1. Carole is definitely the worst!!

  2. Catscats23
    2:14 pm March 27, 2020 Permalink

    I really wish the murder plot was a success! Carole is the shittest human by far

  3. westkycat20
    4:19 pm March 27, 2020 Permalink

    Great write-up. Although I would go with a tie for the top spot. How do you distinguish between the two wastes of oxygen that is Carole and Joe. Joe might be the most disgusting/repulsive/appalling person EVER. And Carole….well, she obviously is just an attention craved psychopath. It’s hard to say which one is worse. And she is attracted to Mitch McConnell/Prince Charles so there’s that.

    Tie 1) Carole
    Tie 1) Joe

    • bigbluebg
      10:23 am March 29, 2020 Permalink

      I was gonna argue with you about something you said…then I read the Mitch McConnell/Prince Charles mashup comment and lost all train of thought. That’s hilarious. Tip of the cap to you sir/miss. Nailed it.

  4. JASUN74
    5:57 pm March 27, 2020 Permalink

    Hahahaha. That was perfect my brother. I’m sure glad you recommended the show. Lol. It’s amazing that it’s true and there’s really people like them. Wow. Really glad I’m just an ol Country Boy from Kentucky. Probably need to add another for the guy who was obsessed with petting the cubs and said he pay whatever they asked to come back every day. Lol. Fantastic list and the show was awesome entertainment! Thanks Drew.

  5. W.C.
    12:09 am March 28, 2020 Permalink

    Please God, don’t let me ever get so bored that I would be tempted to watch one minute of that crap .

  6. ukkatzfan
    7:43 am March 28, 2020 Permalink

    Story seemed to be that each tiger owner was a deadly sin. And the deadly sins didn’t mix too well.

  7. Jesus H. Chrysler
    8:36 am March 28, 2020 Permalink

    Netflix needs to film some of mullets at a U.K. home game

  8. spincr4hire
    8:41 am March 28, 2020 Permalink

    Not quarantined (because of work) so I guess I finally have to watch this this weekend. I think every talk show and meme have already spoiled it though.

  9. yoshukai
    10:03 am March 28, 2020 Permalink

    I swear Carole is Hillary Clintons twin ! And not because she had someone killed . She looks , talks, and has the exact same mannerisms.

  10. Melvit
    12:08 pm March 28, 2020 Permalink

    At first I was like “Why wouldn’t he put Joe as number 1?” then I saw you had Carole at 1 and I was like, “damn straight! The b!tch killed her husband.”

  11. UKBestK
    4:31 pm March 28, 2020 Permalink

    Carole is the definition of a sociopath. Rough upbringing, abusive marriage, etc. Plus you can tell by her eyes and laugh she’s soulless. I think husband number 2 would already be dead if she wasn’t under heat from her first murder.

    And, did anyone else tear up at the end, when the chimpanzee opened up his hand and Joe left him hanging?

  12. catatbeach
    6:00 pm March 28, 2020 Permalink

    I live close to MB a few yrs back this sprinter pulls up beside me in the parking lot of Costco guy gets out walks around and opens the door on side and this harem gets out. My wife and I looked at each other and said polygamy it was Doc driving

  13. dale-in-orlando
    7:12 am March 29, 2020 Permalink

    Speaking of Carol, Nebraska Avenue is the prostitution hot spot of Tampa. You are not a female walking Nebraska Ave at night without a purpose.

  14. BigDaddyTR
    12:13 am March 30, 2020 Permalink

    I can’t help but wonder which horrible person is getting the monetization on all the JoeExoticTV You Tube videos? There are like 10 with over a million views now, and one has 22 million.