I have done more research on the disappearance of Don Lewis. In this video below we are going to go over the life of Don Lewis up to the day of his disappearance, along with found emails and documents.
Above is the video which has lots more details and emails and documents.
Jack Donald (Don) Lewis was born in Dade City, Florida on April 30, 1938. He married Gladys Lewis Cross and had three daughters, Donna Pettis, Lynda Sanchez, and Gale Rathbone and adopted a son, Don. According to Carole, Don disowned them in September of 1996.
Don amassed a small fortune through trucking, used cars and real estate. (Carole stated it was $2 million, and an additional $3 million was built from real estate investments she had done during their marriage.) In 1981, during his marriage to Gladys, Don met Carole Murdock walking down the street in Tampa after she ran away from a physical argument with her husband, Michael Murdock. (It has been speculated that Carole was actually walking down Nebraska Avenue because she was a prostitute.) Don and Carole began an affair and she became one of many of his girlfriends. In 1984, Lewis and Carole began buying and selling real estate which helped grown his wealth. They each divorced their spouses and married in 1991. In 1992 they began the Wildlife on East Street for exotic cats in Tampa.
Don’s worth at that time was more than $6-million. In spite of that, Don was very frugal, as many millionaire are reported to be, which helps to propel them to their wealth. One of the many things that Don did to be called frugal was to look for food in trash bins, and it was known he gave Carole a $14 wedding ring at their courthouse ceremony. He had dealings and connections in Costa Rica, that some have stated were not entirely legal, but there are no more specifics than that.
In early 1997, Lewis began transferring ownership of his properties in Florida to a Costa Rican company he owned.
According to Carole, Don was a sex addict and often went to Costa Rice to have affairs. Lewis often told family and friends that he was eventually going to move to Costa Rica.
Later in July 1997, he filed request for a restraining order against Carole. Don said she threatened to kill him and hid his gun so he couldn’t protect himself, but the Judge rejected his request based on no grounds, and the case was dismissed. Was this a plan on Don’s part to begin the proceedings for a divorce from Carole? What we do know that Don went back to living with Carole after that. Which makes you wonder, because if you are afraid of something and especially if you have lots of money, you definitely would not go back to living with the person that you stated you were frightened of. But, according to a People Magazine story written in 1998, Carole stated she threatened Don that she was going to report him to the IRS. Would that be enough for him to move back in with Carole to give him time to secretly plot a way to leave her for good?
Carole who remarried in 2004 and became known as Carole Baskin stated that Don talked about divorce, but he didn’t mean it. She related that to Don having the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. Although no family or friends would back up that statement and stated Don showed no signs of any dementia.
In the days leading up to his disappearance, Lewis had bought a plane ticket to Costa Rica and was loading equipment onto a truck destined for Miami, according to the Tampa Bay Times. In 2005, according to Hillsborough Sheriff’s Sgt. John Marsicano, who went to Costa Rica, Don was planning on doing these things, which leaves the question, did he? .
On August 18, 1997, Don was reported missing by Carole. His 1989 Dodge Van was found at an airport 40 miles away a few days later. His credit cards have never been used, but that is also something someone would do if they were trying to disappear without a trace. They also found that two of Lewis’ ocelots had recently been shipped out, but their whereabouts were not found.
Carole stated she hired a private investigator but Don was not found. Information found out by law enforcement was more extramarital affairs and questionable business practices.
According to Tampa Bay Times, “…detectives asked her [Carole] to take a polygraph test, but on the advice of attorney Ron Cacciatore, she declined.” Carole stated if is was up to her, she would let detectives search the wildlife sanctuary’s 40 acres, and even inspect the meat freezers.
Although Carole above denies that any cats were breed after 1997, News 10 in Tampa did an investigative report and it shows documentation of Big Cat Rescue that up to 10 years ago “cats were either bought, buy or born at the Big Cat Rescue.” Please note that the video was posted in 2012, when it was actually aired is unknown to me, but if you know, let me know click here to see the investigative report.
Joe Exotic said Carole was running a billion dollar business, during a news interview. A former volunteer at the Big Cat Rescue stated that Carole had just found a way to get the public to finance her private collection.
Who is Kenny Farr and is he involved with Don’s disappearance?
Below is a statement from the wife of Kenny Farr, who at one time was Don’s Lewis’ right-hand man, “. . . I was married to Kenny Farr who worked for Don Lewis. I can 100% confirm that on August 17th, 1997 Kenny came home that Sunday night in Don’s van with all of Don’s guns that Carol had gave to him, about 50 or more, and in the months going forward Carol had transferred many properties into Kenny’s name as well. It’s public record, anybody can look at it but the guns 100% was gave to Kenny before Don supposedly disappeared the next day, Mon Aug 18th.”
Digging found this statement from Carole regarding Kenny and the guns, “Kenny said I ‘got rid of everybody who worked for Don’ but I kept Kenny. I fired all of the office staff because I believed they knew Anne (McQueen, Don’s former assistant) was moving our properties into her name and didn’t trust them. My mother did the work of all six of them for the next 20 years without help. Kenny had asked for Don’s closet full of guns and I gave them to him but Don’s clothes hung in my closet for years. I did get rid of every broken down piece of junk Don had piled up around the sanctuary.”
On April 13, 2020, Sheriff Chad Chronister talked with TMZ and stated, “Listen, there is normally not one person that commits a homicide,” Chronister told TMZ in an interview. “It’s always a couple people. This had to be extremely planned out. This had to be well thought out. There’s someone else involved in this. There’s someone who was paid to do it. There’s someone who helped do it. I’m hoping that person wants to come and get this off their chest and help law enforcement do the right thing.”
When Sheriff Chronister refers to “a couple people,” you can’t help but think of Carole and Kenny, after reading about the email from Kenny’s wife. (see video above to hear me read the email.)
I also saw that another spouse of Carole’s, Jay Cihangir Baykal, 67, filed a protection order against her (see below) in 2002. I also heard rumors he was missing, but did research and he is alive and well in Florida.