‘Tiger King’: Could New Evidence in Carole Baskin’s Missing Husband Case Be Enough for Her Arrest?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Carole Baskin in Tiger King

Just while you assume there’s nothing left to debate on this planet of Netflix’s Tiger King, extra particulars emerge. This week new proof surfaced within the case of Carole Baskin’s lacking husband, Don Lewis. Is it sufficient to unravel the crime or result in Baskin’s arrest? Here’s what we all know.

Carole Baskin is cashing in on the coronavirus pandemic

Carole Baskin in Tiger King
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CDC pointers at present advocate everybody put on a masks or face protecting when leaving the home. It was solely a matter of time earlier than somebody crashed in on Tiger King‘s fame.

Some have created masks with the underside half of Tiger King star’s faces. The present — which targeted on a longtime rivalry between Joseph Maldonado Passage (aka Joe Exotic) and Baskin — has impressed Baskin to promote masks of her personal.

The Big Cat Rescue proprietor is promoting two cat-themed masks (one black and one leopard print) on Tread365.Com for $11 every. Proceeds from the sale of every masks advantages huge cats and first responders.

Baskin’s sanctuary at present is closed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Don Lewis’s case stays unsolved, Baskin maintains innocence

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As proven in Tiger King, Baskin’s second husband, Don Lewis, went lacking in 1997. He was declared lifeless 5 years later although his physique has by no means been discovered.

Baskin just isn’t an individual of curiosity within the case. She maintains that Lewis deliberate to journey to Costa Rica (the place he went usually), suggesting he willingly left the nation.

“We were not heading for divorce,” she beforehand instructed Oxygen.com. “Don was suffering mentally and I was desperately trying to get him help.”

Tiger King followers speculated whether or not she’s as harmless as she proclaims. Theories surrounding Baskin’s meat grinder and large cats nonetheless flow into. The rescue proprietor and her third husband, Howard Baskin, have maintained her innocence. In April, Baskin uploaded a number of YouTube movies defending her facet.

Another principle pointed to Baskin probably enlisting her brother. He labored on the police pressure at the moment. Some say he might have helped kill, and/or eliminate Lewis’s physique. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister spoke with Fox Nation‘s Nancy Grace concerning the matter saying these claims are “false.”

He added that Baskin’s brother was on one other name that evening and couldn’t have been wherever Lewis was.

“Any type of theory of cover-up is dispelled when you can track back and see that his actions that night were accounted for,” Chronister stated.

Baskin stated her automobile broke down at three a.m. on her option to the grocery retailer the evening of Lewis’s disappearance. She known as her brother for assist.

“[Baskin’s brother] had asked for one of his other friends, another deputy to please take her home,” Chronister instructed Grace. “Another deputy sheriff did pick her up from the Albertson’s and give her a ride back to the animal sanctuary.”

New proof suggests Lewis’s will was cast

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Despite Baskin repeatedly attempting to clear her identify, new proof not too long ago surfaced about Lewis’s will and its validity. The doc comprises notary Sandra Wittkopp’s signature — however there’s an issue with that.

“I don’t remember a will at all,” Wittkopp instructed the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. “I was the housekeeper.”

Some states require notaries to maintain journals to maintain up with “best practices” in recordkeeping. Florida Law (the place the need originated) doesn’t.

Along with that, handwriting specialists reviewed the need and concluded that “Lewis’s own signatures on both his will and his power of attorney were traced from his 1991 marriage record,” the Center said.

“They’re all virtually identical,” handwriting knowledgeable, Thomas Vastrick of Florida stated. “They’re all from a model signature.”

Even if that is true, The Center stated the statute of limitations has run out. That means nobody may be prosecuted for the crime now. Still, if prosecutors pursue Baskin, the forgery proof might come into play.

Tampa Bay Times additionally added gasoline to the Baskin fireplace. They reported that, “Susan Aronoff Bradshaw said that after Lewis disappeared, Carole Baskin asked her to testify that she was there for the will signing when she was not.”

Regardless of what turns into of these signatures or Baskin, Chronister believes there are a number of individuals who might’ve benefited from Lewis’s loss of life. He added that, regardless of reported potential sightings of Lewis in Costa Rica, “This individual was murdered and this individual never left the country,” he stated.

“I think it was staged and meant to appear like someone had just pulled up, parked, and I think they wanted us to believe that he would never [have] intended on returning and that he had left.”

It seems like there’s much more to uncover with this one. We’ll maintain you posted.

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