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EMMY award winning crime beat reporter Matt Johnson dusts off his reporter notebooks for this exciting podcast and gives you a first hand perspective on cold cases, homicides, mysteries & murders he has covered, followed and still haunt him today. Follow on social and


27 - MYSTERY: Carole Baskin's ‘Tiger King’ Don Lewis goes Missing

NEW Information, New family statement and New response from Carole Baskin in the disappearance of Don Lewis.

This is the same missing persons case at the center of the NETFLIX true crime documentary 'Tiger King'.

On August 18, 1997 Millionaire Jack 'Don' Lewis who went missing after leaving his house in Tampa Florida.

The documentary has sparked new interest in the cold case and a group of armchair detectives have also started looking into the case. The group is called the 'Don Lewis Cold Case Files' run by the Don Lewis family spokesman Jack Smith AKA 'Ripper'.

Don Lewis was married to Carole at the time of his disappearance. Baskin claims he was acting irrational, was hoarding cars and trash on the property, that he would rummage through dumpsters and showed odd behavior that pointed to early signs of Alzheimer's disease.

Don's attorney and his family say that is not true. His family and friends believe that Don was scared of Carole and filed a restraining order in the days leading to his disappearance. They say that he was planning on filing for divorce and moving to Costa Rica.

Five years after he went missing Jack 'Don' Lewis was declared legally dead and Carole inherited $5 Million in cash and assets including the 'Wildlife on Easy Street', renamed 'Big Cat Rescue' that she still owns and operates with now husband Howard Baskin.

This episode explores the disappearance with new interviews and new information in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 1-813-247-8200.

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