Netflix's "Tiger King" documentary prompts local police to reopen 1997 cold case

by Daniel Payne · Mar 31st, 2020 1:08 pm


The smashing popularity of the Netflix documentary "Tiger King" has prompted a local sheriff to re-open a 23-year-old investigation into the disappearance of the one of the central subjects of the documentary

The documentary focuses on the eccentric subculture of big cat breeding and collecting, including a bitter rivalry between two tiger aficionados that ended with a tiger collector taking out a murder contract on his rival and subsequently going to prison.

The documentary also touches on the 1997 disappearance of Florida resident Don Lewis. Responding to the popularity of the show, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister has begun calling for new leads into the case.

The sheriff has reportedly received dozens of tips on the cold case since the documentary was released on Netflix.


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