‘Tiger King’: Carole Baskin Slams Docuseries for ‘Inaccuracies’ in New Videos
Carole Baskin has had enough of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, and she’s letting the world know. In new videos, the animal rights activist and owner of Big Cat Rescue addresses some of Tiger King’s “inaccuracies,” giving her side of things once and for all.
Baskin said she’s received ‘hate mail’ since the release of ‘Tiger King’
If viewers took away one thing from the seven parts of Tiger King, it’s likely the question of whether Carole Baskin had anything to do with her second husband Don Lewis’s disappearance, or not.
As many know, Lewis mysteriously vanished in 1997 without a trace. His van was found abandoned at a nearby airport and he was declared legally dead by Baskin five years later.
Tiger King spent a good amount of time diving into the case, painting Baskin as a potential suspect (though she hasn’t been declared one) with her comments on using sardine oil to get tigers to eat which Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) said is how she fed [Lewis’s] dead body to the tigers.
The case has been the subject of many memes and a refurbished look at Lewis’s case. In a new video, Baskin said she’s been receiving hate mail since Tiger King’s release. She pointed to her previous response posted on her website which, she thought, clearly stated where she stands.
“But,” she says in the introductory video, “apparently people can’t or won’t read. So, I thought I would do some video clips to answer some of your most pressing questions.”
Here’s what she said about Lewis’s disappearance
“Because there was no evidence to paint me as a villain, Tiger King had to rely on innuendo,” she said. “And they spent a lot of time focusing on the word ‘disappearance’, which was in our durable family Power of Attorney.”
She goes on to explain why “there’s a very good reason” for the term “disappearance” being a part of the POA.
“That’s because [Don] was going to Costa Rica all the time. He would frequently disappear for days on end. And I needed to be able to run the business and feed our 150 or 200 cats.”
She added, “we had to be able to continue business as usual.”
Baskin also claims the POA document shown in Tiger King “has been altered.” According to the Big Cat Rescue owner, after looking up the official record for Hillsborough County, that document is not the same as the one shown in the Netflix docuseries.
Baskin says Tiger King eliminated all the words surrounding “disappearance” to make it look ” a lot more dominant” than it really is.
“If that doesn’t tell you something,” she said, “I don’t know what else would.”
Furthermore, she explains that before Lewis’s disappearance, the two had purchased new land for the big cats. Baskin says she recorded this in her diary at the time. Then, Lewis “forged” Baskin’s name on the sale of that land so that Lewis could allegedly take that money to Costa Rica to run his business.
“If you had seen that being presented in Tiger King instead of the slow-motion crap they did to try and make me look so evil at the end, would you still have that same horrible opinion of me?”
Baskin on those theories about what really happened to Lewis
In another video, Baskin references a video via Sheriff Chad Chronister, speaking about those two disturbing theories: that Lewis had been put in a meat grinder and fed to the tigers, or that he’s buried somewhere in Baskin’s septic tank.
The former, she said, seems to have originated back to around the time Lewis first went missing. In the six-minute explanation, Baskin describes how she used a meat grinder to feed her big cats, in great detail. However, she didn’t have access to it in 1997.
“The meat grinder was already gone before [Don] disappeared.”
She later said, “the idea that you could run a whole body or skeleton through that is just absolutely ridiculous.”
As far as the septic tank, she said, “if people want to believe something ridiculous, they will believe it no matter what the facts are.”
She added that anyone is welcome to come to dig up every single septic tank on the property to prove her point — as long as you re-install new septic systems.
“There is no possibility that [Don] ended up in or near a septic tank.”
Baskin is not a suspect in Lewis’s case and there are a plethora of additional videos that clear up everything Baskin feels didn’t portray her in the best light.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is available on Netflix now.