In more Tiger King news, People reports that Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister confirms that the will of Carole Baskin‘s late husband, Don Lewis, was forged. Additionally, Sheriff Chronister says, “It’s unable to be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations. Lewis went missing under suspicious circumstances in 1997. As a result, he was declared dead five years later.” Of course, a lot of people are blaming Carole for him going missing.
Tiger King/Carole Baskin Theory Confirmed
Many viewers of the Netflix docuseries speculated that the will is a forgery. On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Tampa Bay CBS station WTSP reports additional details in the findings. According to WTSP, two different experts claim Lewis’ will is “100 percent a forgery”. This latest development confirms fan suspicions surrounding Lewis’ disappearance. Sheriff Chronister confirms that this development “certainly cast another shadow of suspicion”.
Sheriff Chronister states, “We knew that before because the girl who came forward and said ‘Hey, I was forced to witness and say that I witnessed this signature.’ The problem was the statute of limitations had already expired. The will had already been executed at that point.” As far as any additional legal proceedings go, “There’s no recourse. A judge deemed it valid, so the civil side of it would be [the] execution of the will, the disbursements of the funds is one thing. But then you have the criminal side of it, it’s unable to be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations,” explains Sheriff Chronister.
Are More Developments To Come In the Disappearance of Don Lewis?
Furthermore, Sheriff Chronister advises the public that, “Investigators have some great leads, they’re working through them. I hope they pan out.” At this time, Baskin has not released a statement regarding the recent developments in her ex-husband’s disappearance. The Big Cat Rescue founder denies that she had anything to do with it in several episodes of Tiger King.
In a statement released earlier this year on Big Cat Rescue’s website, Baskin writes the following. “Don was not easy to live with and like most couples, we had our moments. But I never threatened him and I certainly had nothing to do with his disappearance. When he disappeared, I did everything I could to assist the police. I encouraged them to check out the rumors from Costa Rica, and separately I hired a private investigator.”
Jeff Lowe has to move out
This development comes one day after Big Cat Rescue and Baskin are granted control of Joseph Maldonado-Passage’s (Joe Exotic) G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park. On Monday, June 1, 2020, a judge finds that the 16-acre property was fraudulently transferred to the Tiger King‘s mother years ago, reports Fox 25. At this time, Maldonado-Passage’s former business partner, Jeff Lowe, operates the park.
Consequently, the court order gives Lowe 120 days to vacate the property. This includes all of the animals. In an earlier statement to People, Baskin states, “If the need arises to make other plans to place the animals in new homes, Big Cat Rescue and the animal welfare organizations that have previously successfully placed big cats from large facilities in new homes stand ready to assist.” However, Lowe says he doesn’t need Baskin’s help.
Joe proves again he isn’t a Carole fan
In response to Baskin, Lowe states that “Although I am not personally named in the lawsuit, it appears that Carole Baskin and her desire to exact revenge against Joe Exotic trumps the livelihood of the families that came together to save her life.” Lowe also claims that “Without our efforts, it is well known that Carole would no longer be here. We anticipated Carole Baskin gaining the title to the former park that once belonged to Joe Exotic many years ago. It is my understanding that she will also be taking the cages from the zoo, which thankfully means that the animals she has will finally have the proper amount of space to move around.” Seemingly this is a dig at the small enclosures Tiger King depicts at Big Cat Rescue on the series.
Joe’s big move
Luckily, they already have land set up in Oklahoma where they were planning to move. This could push Jeff Lowe to move a bit sooner, but the animals and Jeff do have somewhere to go. They have already been working on it for a while. It will open in September in Thackerville which is about as far south in Oklahoma as you can go.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is available on Netflix. Stay tuned to TV Shows Ace as this story is sure to unfold. So far, it hasn’t been confirmed that Netflix will air anymore about this story, but fans are hopeful another season will come.