An attorney for Carole Baskin’s missing husband Don Lewis has offered a new theory on his client’s disappearance following the success of the Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, Madness docu-series.
The hugely successful Netflix series has prompted investigators to reopen the case surrounding Lewis’ disappearance and presumed murder. According to his ex-wife Carole Baskin, Lewis was planning on travelling to Costa Rica prior to his disappearance in 1997, but his attorney has a different theory.
“In my view, there’s no question but that he was murdered,” he told former prosecutor Nancy Grace in the new Fox Nation docu-series A Tiger King Investigation.
“He loved those cats. He never would have just walked away from them — ever,” Fritz said. “He was proud of those cats. He loved his cats. Some force made him leave.”
Throughout the interview, Fritz explained that his “working theory” is that Lewis was lured to the Pilot Country Airport, 40 miles from the Big Cat Rescue, by someone offering a good deal for him to buy a plane, where he was eventually murdered.
“Don Lewis, he was terribly cheap while he was very wealthy. He was cheap beyond belief,” Fritz explained. “What would have lured him more than anything else is a good deal on an airplane. So that’s what I assume happened — that he got lured up to the Pilot Country Estates to look at an airplane.”
Fritz’ working theory also offers an explanation as to what happened to Lewis’ body if it wasn’t covered in sardine oil and fed to tigers. The attorney explained that Lewis usually flew his planes low to avoid radar detection because his pilot’s license had been revoked prior to his disappearance. According to the theory,
“What I had heard was that he was strangled from the backseat of an airplane over the Gulf [of Mexico] at 50 feet and dropped out over the Gulf,” he proposed.
It’s important to note that Fritz didn’t allege that Carole Baskin was in any way responsible for his death, admitting that he doesn’t know who killed his friend and former client Don Lewis.
“Let me point out,” host Nancy Grace pointed out. “Carol Baskin has not been named as a suspect, an official suspect, in Lewis’s disappearance or death.”
Although he didn’t offer any suggestions of potential suspects, Fritz seems to think that sooner or later, somebody will be able to shed some light on the situation.
“One day one of these people is going to stub their toe and want a get-out-of-jail-free card and that’s when something’s going to happen,” he said.