The new widely popular Netflix docuseries “Tiger King” will be getting an unofficial spin-off, which will focus on Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin and the story of her missing millionaire ex-husband Jack ‘Don’ Lewis.
She is suspected of killing Lewis and then changing his will so she was the primary beneficiary. Baskin has since positioned herself as an animal rights activist, despite making large sums of money off her wildlife park, where large cats are kept in captivity.
Baskin became a bitter rival of many others in the wildlife industry after attempting to pass legislation that would shut down competing zoos for breeding tigers. The Tiger King documentary explores the cold case of Baskin’s missing husband and makes a very good case for the possibility that Carole was somehow involved.
A sheriff from Hillsborough County, Florida, has since reopened the case, and is asking the public for leads into the 1997 disappearance of Lewis.
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
Carole Baskin is angry about the Netflix documentary and said that she was misled into participating in the series, under the pretense that it would be a “Blackfish” type documentary about the wildlife industry, and in many ways it was, she just didn’t realize that she would be one of the film’s villains.
Carole recognized the accusations against her in a lengthy blog post attacking the Tiger King film after its release.
“There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the docuseries 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 21 years ago,” the statement read.
The new show will not air on Netflix, but will be featured on the American crime documentary channel Investigation Discovery (ID).
In a recent statement the channel announced, “Love her or hate her, Carole is now in the centre ring of the big cat circus. Is she a selfless crusader and protector of animals, who found unimaginable strength despite the mysterious disappearance of her husband? Or are we witnessing Carole Baskin’s master plan finally take effect? Despite her claims of innocence, did she orchestrate the disappearance of Don Lewis to seize control of his fortune, consolidate power and lay waste to her foes? No one seems to be talking – except for one man – and that man is the centre of ID’s upcoming investigative series.”
The channel revealed their source as Joe Exotic, the star of Tiger King, who is now sitting in prison serving a 22-year-sentence after his friends turned him in on a murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin. ID claims that the new series will feature secrets that are known only by Joe, along with “exclusive footage that has never been shown.”
Days before the recent release of the series, Joe Exotic filed a $94 million federal civil rights lawsuit against his former business partners and multiple government agencies for false imprisonment, loss of property, and payment for the years of work and research that went into creating the content that was used in the series. He also claims that his imprisonment has contributed to the death of his mother Shirley Schreibvogel.
It is not clear when the new series will be released.