A sheriff from Hillsborough County, Florida, is asking the public for leads into the 1997 disappearance of millionaire Don Lewis, the former husband of Carole Baskin, after the popular “Tiger King” docuseries on Netflix prompted questions online about the cold case. 

Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a tweet on Monday morning that he “figured it was a good time to ask for new leads” since Netflix and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has prompted thousands across the country to self-quarantine under orders issued by governors and local officials in multiple states, has made the new docuseries “all the rage” lately.

The tweet also features a flyer that reads, “Only you can help solve the Jack ‘Don’ Lewis cold case,” with information about Lewis listed on the page as well as photos. 

The decades-old case has been a hot topic on Twitter recently thanks to Netflix’s new hit docuseries, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” which has gotten so popular, even GOP. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP deeply divided over Trump's social media crackdown Hillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged Iranian sanction violations MORE (Texas) joked about it over the weekend. The series, which dropped a week ago, delves into the goings-on of the big cat industry and tensions between private zoo owners and animal rights advocates. 


The series mainly focuses on a man named Joe Exotic and how he went from being the owner of the G.W. Zoo in Oklahoma to being sentenced to prison for a murder-for-hire plot that targeted Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue, among other charges.

However, the case involving Lewis emerged as a hot-button issue on social media after Exotic and a number of other zoo owners and critics of Baskin used the details of her former husband’s disappearance to attack her and raise questions about her involvement in the cold case.

On numerous occasions throughout the series, Exotic could often be seen accusing Baskin of murdering her husband without providing evidence as the animal rights advocate worked to get legislation like the Big Cat Safety Act passed to crack down the trade of big cats in the country.


According to a summary for the bill, the measure seeks to revise “requirements governing the trade of big cats (i.e., species of lion, tiger, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, or cougar or any hybrid of such species). Specifically, it revises restrictions on the possession and exhibition of big cats, including to restrict direct contact between the public and big cats.” 

Last week, Baskin knocked Netflix over the docuseries and claimed the platform had “the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers,” according to The New York Daily News.

“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,” she reportedly wrote in the post, referring to when she met with directors of the show years ago.

“They did not care about the truth," she continued. "The unsavory lies are better for getting viewers.”

However, since the series dropped earlier this month, Exotic has seen a number of people come out in support for him, with some claiming the star was set up.