Fans Want To Know Why This Forgotten ‘Tiger King’ Star Hasn’t Been a Suspect in Don Lewis’ Disappearance

by Jeremy Spirogis
Tiger King: Carole Baskin

While Tiger King star Carole Baskin dances her method towards the mirror ball trophy on season 29 of Dancing with the Stars, the case of her lacking husband Don Lewis forges on. That mentioned, some need to know why one key particular person hasn’t but been named as a suspect.

Carole Baskin on the middle of ‘Tiger King’ accusations

Tiger King: Carole Baskin
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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and obligatory self-quarantining over the previous couple of months means many had time to take pleasure in all issues Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness.

The seven-part docuseries took viewers behind the scenes of the large cat rescue business the place feuds generally finish in murder-for-hire plots gone awry. The plot in query got here by G.W. Zoo proprietor Joseph Maldonado-Passage towards Big Cat Rescue proprietor, Baskin.

The turmoil between the 2 reignited the decades-long lacking individuals case of Baskin’s second husband, Don Lewis. Investigators relaunched the case and are actually on the lookout for new leads.

Meanwhile, Baskin — who gained Maldonado-Passage’s zoo after copyright infringement lawsuit irony — is competing on DWTS whereas Maldonado-Passage is serving 22 years for fees towards Baskin.

Though Tiger King is a chasm of tangled theories and wild accusations, Baskin turned a part of meme tradition with jokes about her involvement in Lewis’ disappearance. For each one who proclaims her innocence, seven extra allege her guilt.

With the brand new highlight on the Lewis case, some surprise why one particular person in his life hasn’t been a suspect the way in which Baskin has.

Fans counsel one other key suspect not but named

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Following the premiere of 48 Hours Suspicion, some Tiger King followers have questions. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said quite a few instances that Baskin isn’t a suspect or particular person of curiosity within the case.

A brand new interview with CBS News might have unintentionally pointed to somebody many have missed. Lewis’ first spouse Gladys Lewis Cross mentioned that Lewis was a “serial adulterer” earlier than he went lacking. She estimated he’d been with round 25 girls.

Cross mentioned Lewis was a superb husband “until I would get a call and say he’s seeing someone else.” Cross and Lewis have been married for 34 years. They divorced in 1990 and Lewis married Baskin — whom Cross doesn’t like.

The admission by Cross has some Tiger King followers shifting away from accusations towards Baskin and towards Cross.

“In 1994, Gladys Cross sued Don after she found he had hid his wealth under various names and accounts to prevent her from getting her full share in their divorce. She received $148,000 in this suit. Due to this lawsuit, he cut her and his children out of his will but, according to Gladys in the documentary, she still received 10% of the will,” the poster of a Reddit thread said.

“the main accusations came from Don’s ex-wife and his kids. Who may have not been the biggest fan of the young woman who from their perspective broke up a marriage,” one other mentioned.

“Honestly I think anyone who is “convinced” Carole killed him is simply shopping for into the hysteria from the present and never truly excited about it from an unbiased mind-set,” one other added.

The thread has effectively over 1,000 feedback with a number of theories as to what occurred to Lewis — lots of which exonerate Baskin. And, whereas some level to Cross desirous to retaliate towards Lewis, others assume he was concerned in a bigger crime ring and have become a casualty within the crossfire.

Still, there’s one more Tiger King star 48 Hours Suspicion alluded to.

Another ‘Tiger King’ star may have data

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The 48 Hours: Suspicion particular supplied viewers another choice for these not satisfied in Baskin’s guilt. Kenny Farr appeared in Tiger King and his ex-wife, Trish Farr-Payne, says he had one thing to do with Lewis’ disappearance.

She described a time Farr got here residence with Lewis’ van, which had weapons in it.

“‘Listen… I’m hangin’ on to these right now for Carole,’” she remembered him saying (through CBS). “But — he said, ‘Don’s gone. And — I don’t want you talkin’ about him. If anybody calls, you don’t say anything about Don.’ I’m, like, ‘OK.’ Everything started kinda coming together. Kenny’s got Don’s van. Kenny’s got Don’s guns. Don’s gone, and I knew Don was gone the day before he was supposedly missing. It — something wasn’t right.”

Following the interview, Farr contacted 48 Hours Suspicion with a press release that learn:

“I can tell you I have no idea why my ex wife has came up with a outlandish lie. I cooperated with authorities at the time of Don’s disappearance and Took a polygraph . I had absolutely nothing to do with Don’s disappearance or any knowledge of.”

Likewise, Baskin concurred that Farr is harmless — that she gave him Lewis’ weapons lengthy earlier than. Farr labored for Bakin even after Lewis vanished with Baskin saying she loves him “like a son.”

The sheriff’s workplace hasn’t named anybody else a suspect at this level.

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