Tiger King Documentary Leads To Renewed Murder Investigation
The Tiger King Documentary on Netflix is about how Tiger Handler Joe Exotic ends up incarcerated. It has been Netflix's most-watched for days now. The Netflix documentary "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness" has had an unexpected result as it has riled up the local authorities when it comes to the case of Carol Baskin's second husband, Don Lewis. According to the documentary, Baskin met Lewis while she was still married to her first husband and left him for the multi-millionaire. Lewis introduced Baskin to the world of exotic pets and taught her everything she knows. Years went by and Lewis eventually tried to get a restraining order against Baskin and then shortly after he disappeared.
In the documentary, Joe Exotic and many of the people interviewed seem to believe that Baskin killed her husband as he was the sole owner of their zoo and she had millions of reasons to take him out. But the authorities were never able to find conclusive evidence that there was any foul play.
But the Netflix series may have changed all of that.
The sheriff of Hillsborough County, Florida, Chad Chronister, saw the docuseries and has decided to look into the cold case. He tweeted about it.
Since @netflix and #Covid19 #Quarantine has made #TigerKing all the rage, I figured it was a good time to ask for new leads. #CaroleBaskin #DonLewis #Netflix #Tiger #BigCatRescue #JoeExotic #TigerKingNetflix #HCSO pic.twitter.com/LHoJcBZVOI
— Chad Chronister (@ChadChronister) March 30, 2020
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Carol Baskin has refuted the claims that were made in the Netflix series and wrote up a full rebuttal.
"When the directors of the Netflix documentary Tiger King came to us five years ago they said they wanted to make the big cat version of Blackfish (the documentary that exposed abuse at SeaWorld) that would expose the misery caused by the rampant breeding of big cat cubs for cub petting exploitation and the awful life the cats lead in roadside zoos and back yards if they survive.
There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the series not only does not do any of that, but has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers. As part of that, it has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance of my husband Don in 1997. The series presents this without any regard for the truth or in most cases even giving me an opportunity before publication to rebut the absurd claims. They did not care about truth. The unsavory lies are better for getting viewers."
Baskin claims her second husband, Lewis, was uneducated and many of those interviewed were liars or con artists. So we will see if they come up with any new evidence, but this case is 23 years old so new evidence will be tough to come by.