Quite a while ago, we received a tip from a woman claiming to have first hand knowledge of an individual that possibly had a hand in the disappearance of Jack Donald Lewis. We never made a post about it because there was just one key detail we couldn’t verify. That is, until Carole Baskin, the CEO of Big Cat Rescue, threw a tantrum yesterday railing against a documentary Netflix had just released called Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. In her ranting and raving, Baskin accidentally lent credibility to the tip we were sent.
We always protect people that send us information by hiding them behind a veil of anonymity, however, this occasion is different because the person that sent us the aforementioned tip isn’t afraid of being named. The tip we were sent came from a courageous woman named Patricia Payne.
In her tip, Patricia said, “My ex husband Kenneth farr was dons right hand man alot of stuff was said done like Sunday before don disappeared I believe was the day he actually disapperead Kenny came into alot of things gifts etc from Carol, my number is [REDACTED] my name is Trish I believe carol masterminded dons demise.”
Before getting too involved, we decided to verify if there was actually someone connected to Carole Baskin that was named Kenneth Farr. As it turns out, there was, but instead of digging through the archives trying to find that piece of evidence again, we’ll refer you to Carole Baskin’s ‘rebuttal’ to the Netflix documentary.
In her rebuttal, Baskin says, “I love Kenny Farr like a son. He was someone I could trust to keep Don from getting lost or going into cages with cats who could kill him, while I worked.”
Following up on the tip, we asked Patricia if she could further elaborate as to what she meant when she said Kenneth Farr may have had something to do with Don Lewis’ disappearance.
Patricia said, “. . . 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.”
Now this is important because in Carole’s response to the documentary, she says (emphasis added), “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 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.”
It seems like Carole is insinuating that she gave Kenny the guns well after Don's disappearance. Patricia alleges that Kenny came home with the guns the day before (8/17/97) Don Lewis reportedly went missing (8/18/97). If Patricia is telling the truth, why would Kenny be in possession of Don's guns the day before he went missing?
We’re not alleging that Kenneth Farr killed Don Lewis on behalf of Carole or that he had any involvement in his disappearance. We’re just posting the tip for those of you interested in the case. As for the property dealings between Kenneth and Carole, there seems to be proof of that based on what we found through public records (Document 1 - 9/24/97, Document 2 - 9/29/97, Document 3 - 6/21/2000).
Before completely editing her rebuttal, Carole had said, “Anyone who wants to put up the money to replace our septic tanks is welcome to dig them all up.”
Maybe someone will take her up on the offer, but then again, she probably didn’t really mean it since the offer is no longer found on her new rebuttal.
You can find Carole Baskin’s original rebuttal below: