Since the release of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” on Netflix things for Caroline Baskin have not been easy.
Netflix show follows big rivalry between Baskin and Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also know as Joe Exotic, and the story includes mysterious disappearance of Don Lewis, Baskin’s ex-husband.
There was serious accusations in the show, when Lewis’ family openly suspected Baskin of having something to do with the disappearance of her husband. Possibly as a means of obtaining his massive fortune, which lead many fans to take on similar beliefs.
Baskin, 58, and her current husband, Howard, recently spoke to the Tampa Bay Times, revealing some of the fallout from the massively popular docuseries.
When filmmakers approached them, the Baskins said they thought the documentary was focusing on their work to trump big-cat cub petting and other trading acts.
“I just feel so angry that people have totally missed the point,” Carole Baskin said. “And, the point is, these cubs are being abused and exploited and the public is enabling that.”
Baskin was not a suspect in the investigation of her husband’s disappearance, Hillsborough County sheriff’s spokesperson Merissa Lynn told the Times, but investigators said they haven’t ruled out anyone.
After beeing put in the spotlight, Baskin said she’s now afraid to live in her home, because of the death threats she’s been receiving since the series aired.
She told the paper she’s seen drones fly over her home and a doorbell camera has revealed people lingering at the gates of her big-cat sanctuary, even though it’s been closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Baskin and her husband did their research before agreeing to participate in the documentary, finding that one filmmaker helped to establish an organization dedicated to protecting turtles, while a producer also lent his talents to a documentary about dolphin hunting.
“There’s almost no way to describe the intensity of the feeling of betrayal,” Howard Baskin said
The article contained audio of recorded phone calls from accusors directed toward Baskin, warning, “I’ll f–k you up,” and calling her a “murderer.”