,Who would have ever thought that a documentary about big cat breeding in the United States could cause social media to explode. For a few weeks it seemed that a lot of us had become obsessed with the story of Joseph “Joe Exotic” Maldonado-Passae and his sketchy zoo. But along with his eccentric story, Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness also introduced the world to a whole other question that is pestering everyone. What happened to Carole Baskin’s missing husband Don Lewis?
As told in the documentary, Baskin’s husband went missing on August 18th, 1997. At the time he was worth around $5-7 million when he vanished. Thanks to the popularity of the documentary and the case still open, Florida authorities have recently made a public plea for any leads that can help their case. As seen in the documentary, Baskins has denied any involvement in his disappearance multiple times. But if you look all over social media, it looks like the world has already found her guilty.
With the current interest in the case, International Discovery is looking to take advantage. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, ID has announced an unofficial sequel to Netflix’s docuseries titled, Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic. This series will focus on what happened to Baskin’s missing husband and her possible involvement. The series promises to show exclusive footage that has never been shown and reveal secrets that only Joe Exotic knows.
“Love her or hate her, Carole is now in the center ring of the big cat circus,” ID said in a statement. “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? 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? No one seems to be talking – except for one man – and that man is the center of ID’s upcoming investigative series.”
Currently there is no premiere date yet for the series. If you’re a fan of the Netflix documentary your in luck. There are rumors that Netflix is rushing to drop an additional episode of the series. Universal is developing a scripted television adaptation with Kate McKinnon attached to play Baskin. I am not sure what is more insane, the sale of big cats in the United States? The number of big cats in captivity? Joe Exotic? Carol Baskins? Our obsession with it all?
I can’t say I haven’t been caught up in the hype as I’ve seen the documentary and have shared many memes that reference the documentary. I look forward to this follow-up documentary, although I don’t see it revealing too much. Are you looking forward to learning more about Baskin’s husband’s disappearance? Let us know in the comment section below!
Netflix’s limited series documentary, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness can be seen on their streaming service.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly