- Carole Baskin is one of the stars of Netflix's new docuseries Tiger King.
- In a new blog, she "refutes" the show and how it portrayed her role in her ex-husband's disappearance.
- She called the meat grinder theory in the doc "the most ludicrous of all the lies."
It seems like everyone is talking about Netflix's new true crime docuseries, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness. Celebs are tweeting and Instagramming all about it, and so are the stars of the hit docuseries. Notably, Carole Baskin typed a long blog post titled, "Refuting Netflix Tiger King," for her website Big Cat Rescue , per Tampa Bay Times . She devotes most of the 3,000-plus word post to explaining what really happened around her former husband Don Lewis' mysterious disappearance.
Carole calls the meat grinder "the most ludicrous of all the lies."
She explains that the meat grinder shown in the Netflix docuseries is enormous and nothing like the "little tabletop, hand crank things" they actually had at BCR. "Meat had to first be cut into one inch cubes like you see here to go through it. The idea that a human body and skeleton could be put through it is idiotic. But the Netflix directors did not care. They just showed a bigger grinder."
The rumor started long before the Netflix cameras were rolling, though. "Gladys and the daughters did everything they could to make life difficult for me after Don disappeared, they spread this rumor that they thought I had ground Don up and fed him to the cats," Carole writes.
She also says Don was not worth $20 million.
Several people guessed about Don's mysterious fortune on the series, but Carole says they were mistaken. "Kenny Farr I love like a son. He was someone I could trust to keep Don from getting lost or going into cages with cats that could kill him while I worked. But his estimate that Don was worth 20 million made me laugh out loud," she writes. "He would have no possible basis for any guess of the value. That was four times what our holdings had ever been worth prior to Dons disappearance on Aug. 18, 1997."
According to Carole, Don's behavior was "strange" prior to his disappearance.
He regularly bought worthless vehicles and equipment at auctions that piled up around their property. "Dons behavior was gradually showing signs of mental deterioration," Carole writes. "He deteriorated into dumpster diving and even got stuck in a dumpster and called me crying because he did not know where he was."
Carole says she suspected Alzheimer's or another condition to explain his behavior, so she tried to get him an appointment with a specialist. She writes: "His behavior became increasing strange. He started refusing to use the bathroom and defecating outside. He brought in a homeless man to stay in our house."
After multiple referrals, Carole continues, Don then saw a doctor, who "diagnosed Don with Bi-Polar Disorder and gave him a prescription to have an MRI at St. Josephs Hospital. I did not find the prescription until I was searching his bedside table looking for clues to his disappearance."
She also says Don made monthly trips to Costa Rica.
Don spent one week of every month in Costa Rica. Carole explained the scheduling: "Don was a man who wanted to have sex daily. He would go to Costa Rica during the week I was having my menstrual cycle. I accepted this as something I had to live with."
She took advantage of his time away, though. "During the week he was away, I would haul off the property as much of the junk as I could," Carole says. "Wendell told Don I was doing this."
And that led to Don's restraining order against Carole.
"Don tried calling the police to get them to stop me. They told him he would need a restraining order," she says. "It is unclear if it was Dons idea that to get a restraining order he should say I threatened him or if someone like Wendell suggested that. Don filed for the order June 20, 1997 and it was denied."
Carole's bottom line: "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. "