Sheriff: Will of ‘Tiger King’ star’s lacking husband cast

TAMPA, Fla. — Somebody cast the need of the lacking husband of Carole Baskin, a girl prominently featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King” documentary collection, a Florida sheriff mentioned.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister instructed 10 Tampa Bay on Tuesday that two specialists had confirmed the need of Jack “Don” Lewis is a forgery. Lewis disappeared in 1997 and was declared useless in 2002. The millionaire’s will left most of his property, together with a non-public Tampa zoo that will finally turn out to be Huge Cat Rescue animal sanctuary, to Baskin, reducing out his youngsters from a earlier marriage.


Felony prices aren’t anticipated as a result of the statute of limitations has expired, Chronister mentioned.

“The desire had already been executed at that time,” Chronister mentioned. “However, it definitely forged one other shadow of suspicion, by all means.”

Lewis’s disappearance stays an open case. In March, Chronister introduced that the sheriff’s workplace was in search of new leads following the recognition of Netflix’s “Tiger King: Homicide, Mayhem and Insanity.”


The documentary is about Joseph Maldonado-Passage, often known as “Joe Unique,” a former Oklahoma zookeeper who loves weapons, youthful males, and large cats. He was sentenced earlier this 12 months to 22 years in jail for his position in a murder-for-hire plot. He was convicted of attempting to rent somebody to kill Baskin, who had tried to close him down, accusing the Oklahoma zoo of abusing animals and promoting huge cat cubs.

In retaliation, Maldonado-Passage raised questions on Lewis’ disappearance. The documentary extensively lined Maldonado-Passage’s repeated accusations that Baskin, killed her husband and probably fed him to her tigers. Baskin, who based Huge Cat Rescue, has by no means been charged with any crime and launched an announcement refuting the accusations made within the collection.

On Monday, a federal decide in Oklahoma awarded possession of Maldonado-Passage’s former zoo to Huge Cat Rescue Corp. as a part of a civil judgment.


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