A Florida sheriff is asking for leads in a 1993 cold case that has garnered a wave of attention since the debut of Netflix’s explosive docuseries “Tiger King.”
“Tiger King” follows the life of an eccentric big-cat collector and zookeeper popularly known as Joe Exotic, who is currently serving 22 years in federal prison for animal abuse and trying to hire someone to kill Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin.
The story has captured America as millions are forced to shelter in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
An ongoing theme throughout the series is Joe Exotic’s obsession with Mrs. Baskin and his repeated allegations that she murdered her husband, Don Lewis, who disappeared in 1997.
Mrs. Baskin, who has since remarried, has never been charged in relation to Lewis’ disappearance, and the case remains open, NBC News reported.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister used the show’s popularity to ask for new leads in the case.
“Since @netflix and #Covid19 #Quarantine has made #TigerKing all the rage, I figured it was a good time to ask for new leads,” he wrote.
Since @netflix and #Covid19 #Quarantine has made #TigerKing all the rage, I figured it was a good time to ask for new leads. #CaroleBaskin #DonLewis #Netflix #Tiger #BigCatRescue #JoeExotic #TigerKingNetflix #HCSO pic.twitter.com/LHoJcBZVOI
— Chad Chronister (@ChadChronister) March 30, 2020