Carole Baskin has been a bit of an obsession over the last few months, and people are convinced that she had something to do with the disappearance of her ex-husband, Don Lewis.
And now it seems there's been another huge twist in the tale...
Carole Baskin became one of the most talked-about women in the world after the release of Tiger King ...
And we all know why. But firstly, let's start from the beginning...
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Netflix's docuseries, Tiger King gave us a majestic insight into the captivity of big cats here in America.The 7-part series retold the story of a war between a very flamboyant tiger owner named Joe Exotic and his enemy, a Florida-based animal activist named Carole Baskin.
But through all of the memes and laughs...The spotlight is always placed upon Carole Baskin in regards to her mysteriously missing husband.
So, what are the facts?Well, on the morning of August 18, 1997, Carole's millionaire husband, Don Lewis, vanished at the age of sixty. His car was later found at a nearby airport.
The self-made millionaire had helped Carole transform their forty acres of Florida land into the animal sanctuary it is today.Some of Don's relatives speculated that Carole was involved in his disappearance.
Rumors quickly began circulating that she murdered him and fed him to the tigers.In fact, this claim was made by the oldest of Don's 4 children, Donna Pettis, then forty-two, in a 1998 interview with PEOPLE. She claimed that Carole feeding his body to the big cats would be “a perfect scenario to dispose of someone. We were upset that the cops didn’t test the DNA on the meat grinder." Joe Exotic also believes that Carole killed her husband - something he has been pretty vocal about, to say the least.
It was reported that 2 months before he went missing, Don tried to take out a restraining order against Carole, claiming she’d threatened to shoot him.He was not granted the order. Carole has repeatedly protested her innocence, and says that any claims made that she fed her husband to the big cats are "ludicrous."
5 years after Don went missing, Carole had him legally declared dead...And to this day, nobody has been charged with anything to do with his disappearance.
Don's disappearance is still an active cold case...
Since the show aired on Netflix...Carole and her current husband, Howard, have been subjected to constant abuse online.
Carole spoke out about the ordeal recently...Speaking to the New York Post, she said, "He’s been trying, since 2009, to get his minions to kill me. He was constantly going on his internet show, saying that he has to get rid of me. It was very disturbing. The kinds of people who back up what he does are not stable people. It would be one thing if he went out to mainstream America. But he was going out to a group of wack-jobs."
And when reality star turned lawyer Kim Kardashian tweeted about the ordeal...
More and more people wanted to hear Carole's "confession" about the whole meat grinder rumor.
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She has characterized such talk as the "most ludicrous of all the lies."Pointing out in a blog post that her tigers eat meat broken down into 1-inch cubes before being ground in her tabletop meat grinder, she said, "The idea that a human body could be put through it is idiotic."
Even though Carole's comments seemed to be legit...
People are still convinced that she was behind the murder of Don Lewis.
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Recently, new evidence emerged...Don Lewis' former attorney, Joseph Fritz, is convinced that the millionaire was murdered, according to a recent episode from the Fox Nation series, A Tiger King Investigation.
It is time to hear Joseph's professional opinion..."What do you believe happened to Jack Don Lewis?" host Nancy Grace asked the attorney in the most recent episode.
He strongly believes he was murdered in an airplane..."What I had heard was that he was strangled from the backseat of an airplane over the Gulf of Mexico at fifty feet and dropped out over the Gulf," Joseph said, noting that Don preferred to fly low under the range of radar detection because his pilot license had been revoked.
He believes that Don was coaxed to a private county airport, lured by a deal to purchase an aircraft and was murdered."Don Lewis, he was terribly cheap while he was very wealthy. He was cheap beyond belief. What would have lured him more than anything else is a good deal on an airplane? So that's what I assume happened - that he got lured up to the Pilot Country Estates to look at an airplane," Joseph went on to explain.
"In my view, there’s no question but that he was murdered."Joseph then spoke of how Don loved his cats, saying, "He never would have just walked away from them – ever. He was proud of those cats. He loved his cats. Some force made him leave."
A Sheriff has said that Don's will was "100% forged." The will in question left his estate, estimated to be worth about $10 million, to Carole and cut out his family, according to Fox News.
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Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister explained his conclusion to local news station WTSP.
"They had two experts deem it 100% a forgery. But, we knew that ... we knew that before," he told WTSP.
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Although, this isn't the first time the authenticity of the will has been questioned.
Joseph Fitz, Lewis' friend and former lawyer told Fox News back in May that the signature on the document was forged. For now, however, the case still remains very much a mystery.
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