Did "Tiger King" star Jeff Lowe steal the Tiger King's zoo? There's a lot to the "Tiger King" story, and the 7 part series leaves viewers with a lot to unpack. But there's even more to the story. Especially as many Michigan residents recognized Lowe as a rather controversial local face.
That's because Lowe grew up south of the small town of Dewitt, Michigan, attending schools locally in Lansing.
But he didn't just grow up in Michigan. He owned big cats in Michigan.
In 1988, rumors about his big cats came to foliation, when his pet cougar killed a neighborhood dog. Local sheriffs put down the 150-pound cougar with Lowe's permission. But his reputation remained.
That was only the first time Lowe made headlines, though.
That's right: there's still a lot left to discuss, but I'm going to leave that to mid-Michigan podcast "So Dead," which recently detailed Lowe's local connection.
It's a highly recommended listen, and revealed new details about Lowe's Michigan connection, which you can find here:
Not only does it cover the rest of Lowe's story, host Jenn Carpenter, who also grew up in the area, fondly recalls: "I absolutely do remember skipping school... looking for the house with the tigers."
Who knew that 30 years later, a global pandemic and viral documentary would bring this controversial local legend international fame?