And who was I, along with the rest of the Twitter world, to think that the Tiger King foe wasn’t completely full of sh*t?
Yesterday, news went viral that Don Lewis, Baskin’s ex-husband who has been missing for more than 20 years and was even pronounced dead back in 2002, was actually just chilling in Costa Rica this whole time alive and well.
In fact, Baskin broke the news over a year ago, but nobody seemed to notice. She even said that the Department of Homeland Security had traced his whereabouts, and confirmed he was still alive, just trying to be as far away as possible from that b*tch Carole Baskin (Who could blame him).
She said in a 2021 interview:
“One of the really exciting things that came out of ‘Tiger King 2’ is that they produced a letter from Homeland Security and it says that a special agent in charge with the FBI at Homeland Security reached out to the sheriff’s detective George Fernandez, which means this had to have happened after 2002, because Homeland Security wasn’t even around until 2002.”
And on top of that, she said that he’s been hanging out in Costa Rica:
“And they said that my husband, Don Lewis, is alive and well in Costa Rica.”
It was kind of a relief, considering we all were fully convinced that she killed Lewis, and fed him to her tigers at Big Cat Rescue in thanks to Tiger King.
However, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Florida is shooting down Baskin’s statements, saying that there is absolutely zero confirmation that Lewis is still alive.
According to the New York Post,Fentress Fountain, public information officer for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement:
“We have not received any communication from our federal partners that confirms the location of missing person Mr. Don Lewis. The investigation into Don Lewis’ disappearance remains a priority for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, as do all missing person cases.”
In fact, even back in 2021 when Baskin broke the news, Cpl. Moises Garcia, the lead detective on the Lewis case, to the Tampa Bay Timesthat the case was still open:
“We continue to push hard on this case… we still have some avenues. Not a week goes by that we don’t have our hands in this case.”
The investigator also told the outlet that the Department of Homeland Security was assisting with a possible lead in Costa Rica, but there was never any confirmation that Lewis was found “alive and well.”
Joe Exotic’s lawyer, John Phillips, also said there was no confirmation of Baskin’s comments:
“He is not alive. The 2021 report by Carole Baskin was further unsupported allegation. It’s being republished as if it has veracity. It doesn’t.”