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New Documentary Series Will Focus Solely On Carole Baskin's Missing Ex-Husband

New Documentary Series Will Focus Solely On Carole Baskin's Missing Ex-Husband

The Netflix documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has created quite a stir around the world.

While the show placed a lot of its focus on the eccentric Joe Exotic and his animal park, there has been a lot of discussion about another member of its colourful cast: Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin, and indeed the story of her missing ex-husband.

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As a result, a new, unofficial spin-off series will delve into what happened to the missing Jack 'Don' Lewis.

American crime documentary channel Investigation Discovery (ID) has announced plans to air 'exclusive footage' that will hopefully answer some of the questions about Mr Lewis' disappearance.

The channel said in a statement: "Love her or hate her, Carole is now in the centre ring of the big cat circus.

"Is she a selfless crusader and protector of animals, who found unimaginable strength despite the mysterious disappearance of her husband? Or are we witnessing Carole Baskin's master plan finally take effect?

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"Despite her claims of innocence, did she orchestrate the disappearance of Don Lewis to seize control of his fortune, consolidate power and lay waste to her foes?

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

"No one seems to be talking - except for one man - and that man is the centre of ID's upcoming investigative series."

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That one man is, of course, Joe Exotic, real name Joe Maldonado-Passage, aka Carole's biggest rival and the star of Tiger King.

ID adds that the spin-off series will be 'the investigation you didn't get to see, revealing the secrets only Joe knows and the exclusive footage that has never been shown'.

The Netflix documentary highlighted the fierce rivalry between Exotic and Baskin, with the latter advocating for the former's tiger breeding practices to stop.

It's hardly a surprise that Joe would be willing to speak about Baskin and her ex-husband, considering he has pushed the theory that Carole killed Don.

Mr Lewis vanished without a trace in August 1997.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

His case is still considered 'open' by Florida police and they recently issued a plea for new information in the light of the Tiger King documentary.

Carole has vehemently denied any involvement in Don's disappearance and has hit back against the claims aired by the documentary series in a lengthy post on her blog.

She said: "When the directors of the Netflix documentary Tiger King came to us five years ago they said they wanted to make the big cat version of Blackfish (the documentary that exposed abuse at SeaWorld) that would expose the misery caused by the rampant breeding of big cat cubs for cub petting exploitation and the awful life the cats lead in roadside zoos and back yards if they survive."

"There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the docuseries not only does not do any of that, but has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers.

"As part of that, it has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance of my husband Don 21 years ago."

ID hasn't given a release date on the new documentary series but no doubt the channel will be working quickly while the world is captivated by Tiger King.

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.