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'Tiger King': Don Lewis' Lawyer Shares A Chilling Theory About His Disappearance

'Tiger King': Don Lewis' Lawyer Shares A Chilling Theory About His Disappearance

Just when you think the dark world of Netflix's smash hit Tiger King can't get any more bonkers, it does.

The lawyer of Carole Baskin's millionaire ex-husband Don Lewis has shared a chilling theory about his disappearance - and it's left heads spinning.

Speaking to Fox News, Don's lawyer, Joseph Fritz revealed that his former client may have been "strangled from the backseat of an airplane" and "dropped out over the Gulf [of Mexico]."

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When we said chilling, we meant it.

Fans of the Netflix docu-series were gripped by the mysterious disappearance of big cat superfan Don, who vanished in the August of 1997.

Don's disappearance was never solved. In 2002, he was legally declared dead, and Carole inherited his estate.

Now, the popularity of Tiger King - which follows the events leading up to the day cat lover Don went missing - has brought the case back into the spotlight.

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 Big cat superfan Don, who vanished in the August of 1997 and his disappearance was never solved (Credit: Netflix)
Big cat superfan Don, who vanished in the August of 1997 and his disappearance was never solved (Credit: Netflix)

At the heart of the documentary was the feud between Big Cat Rescue owner Carole and her peroxide-haired, big cat-owning nemesis, Joe Exotic, born Joe Allen Maldonado-Passage.

Joe has made no mystery of his own beliefs about Don Lewis' disappearance, even releasing a song with an accompanying music video, with lyrics that accuse Carole of killing her husband and "feeding him to the tigers".

So, what is Joseph Fritz' theory exactly?

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Well, firstly, he's convinced that Don was killed - mainly because his client loved his cats too much to suddenly up and leave them.

Speaking to Fox News, Joseph Fritz revealed that his former client may have been
Speaking to Fox News, Joseph Fritz revealed that his former client may have been

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"There's no question that he was murdered," the lawyer told Fox News.

"He loved those cats. He never would have just walked away from them, ever. He wouldn't have done it. He was proud of those cats, he loved his cats, some force made him leave."

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The second part of Joseph's theory hinges on Don reportedly being a bit of a cheapskate.

The lawyer said: "Don Lewis, he was terribly cheap while he was very wealthy. He was cheap beyond belief."

He went on: "What would have lured him more than anything else is a good deal on an airplane. So that's what I assume happened, that he got lured up to the Pilot Country Estates to look at an airplane."

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Then came the shocking reveal:

"What I had heard was that he was strangled from the backseat of an airplane over the Gulf [of Mexico] at 50 feet and dropped out over the Gulf."

OK, we have so many questions - but sadly, we think they're going to go unanswered.

In his interview, Joseph did not name any names.

The lawyer made a point of saying: ""I don't know who is a murderer and who is not a murderer, but I know who is a liar. And I can definitively state that that somebody is lying about it."

While Joseph didn't implicate any suspects, Tiger King fans will have little doubt as to who Joe Exotic would be pointing his finger at.

Since 'Tiger King' was released, Carole Baskin has criticised the docu-series for being full of
Since 'Tiger King' was released, Carole Baskin has criticised the docu-series for being full of

Since the docu-series' release, Carole has publicly criticised the show for its portrayal of events, saying that it is "not credible" and full of "lies and innuendos".

She said in a statement: "When the directors of the Netflix documentary Tiger King came to us five years ago they said they wanted to make the big cat version of Blackfish (the documentary that exposed abuse at SeaWorld) that would expose the misery caused by the rampant breeding of big cat cubs for cub petting exploitation and the awful life the cats lead in roadside zoos and back yards if they survive."

Crikey, the plot thickens, eh?

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: tiger king, Joe Exotic, TV News, TV Entertainment, Carole Baskin

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.