‘Tiger King’ spinoff at ID will investigate Carole Baskin’s missing husband, more Joe Exotic

“Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic" at Investigation Discovery will be told through the perspective of Joe Exotic.
“Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic" at Investigation Discovery will be told through the perspective of Joe Exotic.

Listen up, all you cool cats and kittens. Investigation Discovery thinks there’s more to the Joe Exotic saga than even “Tiger King” unfolded.
The network has greenlit a new true crime series called “Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic,” which is being promoted as a “sequel” to the Netflix docuseries that captivated the world.
Where “Tiger King” attempted to unfurl the mess of the big cat world, “Investigating” will focus instead on the mysteries surrounding Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his rival, Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue in Florida and the woman he tried to have killed.
Among the big questions the series promises to answer is the disappearance of Baskin’s millionaire husband Don Lewis.
Lewis, 81, was last seen in August 1997 and rumors have spiraled, fueled by Joe Exotic, that Baskin killed him and fed him to her tigers.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has recently renewed the investigation into Lewis’ disappearance.

Baskin has denied any involvement.

“Don was not easy to live with and like most couples, we had our moments. But I never threatened him and I certainly had nothing to do with his disappearance," she wrote in a blog post after “Tiger King” was released.

"When he disappeared, I did everything I could to assist the police. I encouraged them to check out the rumors from Costa Rica, and separately I hired a private investigator.”

She also called speculation that she had fed his body through the Big Cat Rescue meat grinder “the most ludicrous of all the lies."

“Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic" will be told through Exotic’s perspective, ID said.

“Viewers are understandably riveted by Netflix’s ‘Tiger King,’ but the millions of true crime fans around the world were left wanting more,” Henry Schleiff, Group President ID, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, said in a statement.

“ID is the perfect place to find the inevitable sequel to this drama – featuring a missing husband, a hit man, and the illegal business of exotic animals. It’s time to let the cat out of the bag and address the lingering questions that viewers demand be answered.”

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