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A man develops a loosely organized roide zoo. It becomes an area attraction for the likes of visiting Brownie troops and curious journalists, and at the same time, it draws the ire of animal-rights activists. Yes, the man has tigers. Yes, he allows himself to be photographed with a big one climbing up on his shoulders. But along the way, it all starts to go south for the man, ending in his conviction for hiring someone to murder a rival.
There has been no documentary yet about Lorin Womack, whose Land O;Lorin Exotic Wildlife Haven was at least a Batavia curiosity and in some eyes an attraction in the waning years of the 20th century. But the parallels between the story of Womack and of Joe Exotic, the contemporary Oklahoma zookeeper chronicled in the current hit Netflix documentary series "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness," are in so many other ways remarkable. Womack's story has its own peculiarities: He never ran for Illinois governor, for one thing.
And when authorities dug up his zoo property, they weren't searching for adult tigers killed because they had grown too costly to feed, but for a human body they thought Womack may have buried there. But there is so much in common that if you lived through the Lorin Womack saga, you couldn't help but be reminded of it in recent weeks as Joe Exotic became an antihero for a nation trapped indoors during coronavirus-imposed social isolation.
And nowhere nearly as well groomed or tattooed. Zoo in Wynnewood, Okla. Womack's acre backyard farm featuring some animals was open to the public Sunday afternoons, and folks could pay what they wanted to visit "one of the most popular places around," noted a Tribune feature story from , a year after Womack began inviting the public in. But I always wanted more," said Womack, then 39 and a self-employed tree-trimmer.
The menagerie, writer Christi Parsons noted, included African pygmy goats, bison, Asian mountain sheep, silver foxes, llamas, hairless pigs and porcupines. But that wasn't all. There was a black bear he had raised from infancy, and a caption that ran with a photo that same day placed big cats in the tale: "Lorin Womack cheerfully wrestles with a Bengal tiger and two African lions at his exotic animal farm in west suburban Batavia," it said. The allure of Womack was strong. A year later, the Tribune published what is known — fittingly, in this case — as "wild art," pictures that stand on their own, with no accompanying story.
They showed Womack with an unspecified "monkey" in his lap as he rode a motorcycle and a shot of the diaper-clad animal — which certainly looks like a young chimpanzee — holding Womack's hand. In , Womack was in the paper again. He said he drove 8, miles round trip to the Yukon to buy a reindeer that had starred in the movie "Prancer.
A different story that year noted that he let a baby cougar and a river otter "have the run" of the first floor of his farmhouse. When Chicago animal-control personnel found a mountain lion being kept in a South Side auto garage in , they removed it and passed it along to Womack for its care, in part, they said, because they wanted to be able to visit the cougar.
Womack's "collection" also caught the attention of tougher-minded authorities and animal-rights activists. Beginning in the mid-'90s, the U. Department of Agriculture flagged Womack's unaccredited zoo for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including inadequate nourishment of his charges. Womack acknowledged his woes in the concluding paragraph of Steve Mills' Tribune look at his and other roide zoos: "If I could afford a bigger cage, I'd do it," he said, standing in front of a "zonkey" — half zebra and half donkey.
I can only do so much. Really, I'm just doing the best I can. Womack didn't seem to have the kind of rivalry with animal-rights activists that Joe Exotic had in the Netflix documentary with Carole Baskin, the big-cat advocate Exotic was convicted of trying to have killed. But they were definitely on his case. Later, it would be revealed that the hit man was a cop, and the woman had lived with Womack for about a month before reconciling with her husband. He walks in to the Elgin police department and he's kind of blood-smeared, claiming that he had somehow or other vanquished two knife-wielding men who tried to attack some women.
It wound up being a complete hoax he orchestrated to impress a girlfriend, and he was fined for that. A few months after Womack was charged for allegedly hiring a killer, a Kane County Sheriff's Department investigator acted on his belief that Womack had something to do with the disappearance, a decade earlier, of Kenneth King, of Wayne, who shortly before he disappeared began dating a woman who was living with Womack, the investigator said.
Michael Anderson, who called for the dig," Gregory wrote in the Tribune. But none of the holes produced a body. But in the retrial, he said, prosecutors had the advantage of having seen Womack's defense. Brasel said he also thought the first jury just liked Womack more than the second one did.
In one last sour note for Womack, it came out in the trial that the woman was not actually that into him. On Feb. It was remarkably similar to the year sentence Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, received in January for hiring somebody to murder Baskin, a solicitation that he had also been caught on tape making.
Maybe it's time to watch "Tiger King," Brasel said. My wife didn't like it, so — I'll just watch it by myself. Trending Articles. Northland Outdoors. Health News. Lorin Womack shows off a reindeer to children on Nov. The reindeer starred in the movie "Prancer. Suggested Articles.
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Long before 'Tiger King,' Chicago had its own Joe Exotic