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Sheriff Says Carole Baskin's Missing Husband's Will Was '100 Percent' FAKE!

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There’s been an update in the case of Carole Baskin‘s mysteriously vanished husband!

As you’ll recall, the disappearance of Don Lewis was a major plot point covered in Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, and was fuel to the fire in the war between Baskin and Joe Exotic.

Related: Carole Awarded Joe Exotic’s Former Zoo In Massive Legal Win!

Following the premiere of the Netflix doc, the Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister announced they were looking for new leads regarding Lewis’ 1997 disappearance from the Tampa, Florida area, and now something has actually come of it!

Chad gave an update to WTSP about where things stood in the investigation, including official confirmation that Don’s will was a fake! While the exact amount of his estate was unclear, it is believed to have been worth up to $10 million, which was entirely left to Baskin and excluded his family, whom he left to be with the Big Cat Rescue owner.

A previous report in the Clarion-Ledger newspaper explained the notary listed on the will and power of attorney document does not recall authenticating them. Furthermore, the paper said two different handwriting experts have concluded Lewis’ signature appears to have been “traced” from his 1991 marriage record. Don was formally declared dead in 2003.

Chronister explained:

“They had two experts deem it 100 percent a forgery. But, we knew that…we knew that before.”

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Even if this is the case, the statute of limitations has expired at this point for any crimes related to the will:

“The will had already been executed at that point. But, it certainly cast another shadow of suspicion, by all means.”

In a previous statement refuting claims made in the docuseries, Carole shared:

“Don was not easy to live with and like most couples, we had our moments. But I never threatened him and I certainly had nothing to do with his disappearance. When he disappeared, I did everything I could to assist the police. I encouraged them to check out the rumors from Costa Rica, and separately I hired a private investigator.”

She added:

“There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the series 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. As part of that, it has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance of my husband Don in 1997. The series presents this without any regard for the truth or in most cases even giving me an opportunity before publication to rebut the absurd claims. They did not care about truth. The unsavory lies are better for getting viewers.”

Does this new info cast a “shadow of suspicion” for you, too, Perezcious readers?? Let us know (below) in the comments!!

[Image via Netflix.]

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Jun 03, 2020 10:31am PDT