‘Tiger King’: Where Is Allen Glover Now?
Netflix’s docuseries, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, follows the events that led zookeeper Joe Exotic to hire two separate hitmen to murder his rival, Carole Baskin. One of those men was Allen Glover, and it was his testimony that ultimately helped authorities put Joe Exotic in jail. So where is Allen Glover now?
Who is ‘Tiger King’ star Allen Glover?
In the Netflix series, Allen Glover is introduced as a handyman who worked for Jeff Lowe. When Lowe took over Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic’s G.W. Zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, he fired a number of people and brought in his own workers, including Glover.
“When I first got to the zoo, I didn’t know anything about the zoo,” Glover says in episode 5 of Tiger King. “Jeff said ‘I’ll give you money and a place to live and whatnot,’ so I was like, ‘I’ll take him up on his offer.'”
In the episode, Glover also reveals that he spent some time in jail, and has had numerous run-ins with the law. “I went to prison when I just turned 18, I did my time for that,” he says. “I’ve had many other encounters with the police, but moving on with my life.”
As shown in the docuseries, Glover did not get along with Maldonado-Passage. And when the zookeeper gave him money to go to Florida to kill Carole Baskin, Glover took the money and disappeared for a while.
Allen Glover’s role in the ‘Tiger King’ murder-for-hire scheme
When Lowe learned that Maldonado-Passage was under federal investigation, he urged Glover to come forward and talk to law enforcement. Maldonado-Passage attempted to hire an undercover federal agent posing as a hitman to murder Baskin but was unable to pay and complete the transaction. But with Glover’s testimony, the authorities were able to confirm Maldonado-Passage’s intentions and crimes.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, during Maldonado-Passage’s March 2018 trial, “a jury heard evidence that Maldonado-Passage gave Allen Glover $3,000 to travel from Oklahoma to South Carolina and then to Florida to murder Carole Baskin, with a promise to pay thousands more after the deed.”
During the trial, Glover testified that he never intended to go through with the murder, and just wanted to take the money and run. As reported by The Oklahoman, Glover told the court that he went back home to South Carolina and then to Florida to warn Baskin, but just ended up getting drunk and high on painkillers and cocaine. “I just found a beach and found some people to party with,” Glover said. “I had some money.”
The jury found Maldonado-Passage guilty on 19 criminal counts, including two murder-for-hire counts, nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act, and eight counts of falsifying records. In January 2020, the 57-year-old zookeeper was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Where is Allen Glover now?
Glover doesn’t have much of a media presence, so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where he is now. However, he worked for Lowe for many years. So it’s safe to assume he may still be working at the G.W. Zoo or Lowe’s new park in Thackerville called the Oklahoma Zoo.
Netflix will air a new episode of Tiger King on April 12, but as of now, Glover’s name is not on its list of follow-up interviews.