Listen up all you cool cats and kittens, because the ID network is releasing a limited crime documentary series focussed on Tiger King's Carole Baskin, titled Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic. Baskin owns the Big Cat Rescue in Citrus Park, Florida, and the show will delve deeper into what happened to her husband, Don Lewis, after he disappeared on Aug. 18, 1997.
"Love her or hate her, Carole is now in the centre ring of the big cat circus," ID said in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly. "Is she a selfless crusader and protector of animals, who found unimaginable strength despite the mysterious disappearance of her husband? Or are we witnessing Carole Baskin's master plan finally take effect? Despite her claims of innocence, did she orchestrate the disappearance of Don Lewis to seize control of his fortune, consolidate power, and lay waste to her foes? No one seems to be talking — except for one man — and that man is the centre of ID's upcoming investigative series."
The documentary, which doesn't yet have a premiere date, will present exclusive footage and information revealed by Joe Maldonado-Passage — who is still serving his 22-year sentence at Federal Medical Centre Fort Worth prison — about the open investigation, for which Florida authorities have recently asked the public for further leads.
"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 backyards if they survive," Baskin said in a blog post. "There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the docuseries not only does not do any of that, but has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers."