The popular docu-series has prompted new investigations.
Last month, Netflix released a new docu-series entitled Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. The series tells the story of zoo operator and entertainer “Joe Exotic” (real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage), his conflicts with animal rights activist Carole Baskin, and the unsolved murder of Baskin’s husband, Jack Donald “Don” Lewis. The series is extremely popular right now, currently trending number one in Netflix’s top ten and rating as one of the most popular television shows currently airing.
In response to the details offered by the series, the unsolved murder of Jack Lewis is receiving new attention. In Hillsborough County in Florida, a sheriff’s office has been receiving non-stop calls from viewers of the series who want to help to solve the case.
“We are already receiving new tips and we hope to close this cold case soon with the help of the public,” Sheriff Chad Chronister told CNN.
Chronister hopes that the reinvigorated interest in the case will provide some insight that was missed when Lewis first went missing. The sheriff’s office has received numerous phone tips, but unfortunately, nothing so far has been credible. Still, Chronister has encouraged anyone with potential information to contact the office. “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 on his personal Twitter.
Maldonado-Passage, who is currently serving jail time for allegedly paying a hitman to murder Baskin, has repeatedly insisted that the murder was perpetrated by Baskin herself. Maldonado-Passage has claimed that Baskin killed Lewis, then fed his body to the tigers in their custody. Baskin has denied these claims, though she has also refused to take a polygraph test.