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The family of Carole Baskin’s ex-husband Don Lewis has hired prominent attorney Alex Spiro to investigate his mysterious 1997 disappearance, which was re-examined following the viral release of “Tiger King” last year.
The Netflix documentaries recorded the long-running feud between Baskin and Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic,” who is currently serving a prison sentence for the murder of Baskin.
Joe Exotic repeatedly claimed in the documentary that Baskin killed her husband in 1997 and possibly fed him to their tigers at Big Cat Rescue.
Spiro, whose clients include New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Grammy winner Jay-Z, confirmed to Fox News Saturday that he is investigating Lewis’ disappearance.
Lewis’ family wants Spiro to track down a possible killer and turn his findings over to prosecutors, according to TMZ, who originally reported Spiro was on the case.
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Baskin kept her innocence, telling Fox News earlier this year that the past year “was a challenge to everything else that resulted in people accusing me of doing things I know aren’t true”.
“I loved Don and I feel like everything that happened to him happened to him because he had such a mental problem,” Baskin said in January. “He just wasn’t able to make good decisions for himself.”
Chad Chronister, Hillsborough County Sheriff, told WTOP that the investigation into Lewis’ disappearance was a cold case, but that Lewis was “murdered” and not disappeared by accident. No persons of interest or suspects were named.
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Baskin, who is married to her second husband Howard Baskin, revealed how she would react if Lewis was ever found earlier this year.
“If he was found, I would take care of him for the rest of his life, and my husband Howie is the guy who would understand,” she told Fox News in January.
Baskin didn’t respond to a request for comment on Saturday.