If there’s one thing that seems to have united viewers of Netflix’s batsh*t crazy Tiger King documentary, the story of the fascinating people who own roadside zoos, practice polygamy, and/or advocate for captive big cats in the States, it’s the belief that Carole Baskin had something to do with the disappearance of her second husband.
Now, I’m not saying she definitely killed Don Lewis, slathered him in anchovy paste, and fed his body to her tigers, but I am saying she knows more than she’s saying…and also that she definitely wanted/needed his money.
Don Lewis was last seen in 1997, and even though Carole has denied knowing anything at all about what might have happened to him, Don’s daughter Donna accused her of being involved way back in 1998. Lewis was declared dead in 2002 and Carole inherited millions, all of which has made fans about as suspicious of her as Joe Exotic has been all of these years.
And guys. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister must think so, too, because after the documentary really took off, he asked viewers of the show to contact him with any information regarding Don Lewis’s disappearance.
“Since Netflix and COVID-19 quarantine has made Tiger King all the rage, I figured it was a good time to ask for new leads.”
He also shared a photo and asked anyone who might have new leads to contact his office and y’all – they’re delivering new leads to the tune of “six or so tips a day.”
Carole’s case may be a lot of circumstantial evidence, gut feelings, and her nervous laugh, but Robert Moor, a podcast producer, had a few other juicy tidbits to share via Twitter.
“After Don Lewis vanished, but before Carole married Howard [Baskin], she dated a guy named Jay Baykal. In 2002, Jay filed a restraining order against Carole, which includes some bizarre and suspicious-sounding details regarding Don’s disappearance.”
He posted images of the restraining order, in which he claimed that, when questioned about Lewis’s disappearance, Carole had said”a dead body can not talk,” and mentioned that she always had a firearm within reach.
Baskin herself hasn’t responded to either Moor’s posts or the Sheriff’s request, but she has criticized the documentary on her website, calling it “salacious and sensational,” and accusing the producers of “lies and innuendo” regarding the episode about Don’s disappearance.
There’s no way to know right now whether or not Don’s disappearance will ever be solved, but it looks like, with the popularity of the show, that the trail might not be as cold as law enforcement once believed.