Carole Baskin wrote that she allegedly killed her first husband to get out of her marriage in an old letter to Don Lewisfirst wife, but despite this seemingly shocking revelation … Carole says she desperately needs context. The ID channel broadcasts a special program on Exotic joe and all of his ‘Tiger King’ madness this weekend, including ongoing speculation, Baskin was instrumental in Don’s disappearance in 1997. We got a glimpse of a piece of evidence that the show’s investigators said lends credence to speculation – a lengthy letter Carole sent to Don’s wife, Gladys, in August 1990… while he was having an affair with him.
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The letter appears to detail her relationship with Don, but includes a disturbing line about her first husband, Michael Murdock. Carole wrote… “I had to leave my marriage and I would have killed my husband in the end to do it. “ Baskin confirms with TMZ that she wrote those words, but adds… “I only thought about it in the context of self-defense because Mike Murdock was physically abusive towards me to the point of making me fear for my life.” “ Carole has already claimed on several occasions that Murdock – whom she married in 1979 and is the father of her daughter, Jamie – was extremely abusive. Nonetheless, a retired homicide investigator Jim Rathmann says he finds the letter very interesting … and points out that it was written just 7 years before Don disappeared. Carole and Don divorced their first spouse and got married in 1991. Baskin a recently insisted – again – she has nothing to do with his disappearance and claims that she was the only person trying to get him mental health help before it happened. The Investigation Discovery special, “Joe Exotic: Tigers, Lies and Cover-Up” kicks off Sunday with 2 games at 9 p.m. ET.