Jeff Lowe: Is Jeff Lowe Carole Baskin’s ex husband? The bizarre fan theory

Jeff Lowe stars in Tiger King on Netflix as the animal lover who takes over Joe Exotic’s GW Zoo in Oklahoma. In the series Exotic and Lowe fall out over the way the zoo is run, and Lowe later helped put his former friend behind bars. But fans of the hit show have come up with a strange theory about who Jeff Lowe really is after Joe Exotic, who is now serving a 22-year prison sentence, made some outrageous claims about his rival Carole Baskin’s love life.

Thought the series, Exotic alleged Baskin killed her first husband Don Lewis, who disappeared in 1997, and then fed him to her tigers.

She has strenuously denied the claims, saying she believes he fled to Costa Rica, where he travelled.

Baskin, who was become an overnight sensation, also lashed out at the documentary, saying it’s full of “lies and innuendos”.

But now fans have come up with a new theory, suggesting Lowe is actually the first husband of Exotic’s rival, who frequently tried to get his park shut down.


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Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness touches on the story of Baskin’s missing husband, Don Lewis, and the allegations that Baskin killed him and fed him to her tigers.

During the episodes, which Baskin claims were “sensationalised”, there is mention of a first husband whom she left over domestic abuse claims.

Fans are now suggesting this first husband was actually zoo owner Jeff Lowe.

The outlandish theory has now started spreading across Facebook and other social media platforms.

The fan who began the theory said: “Jeff is Carole’s abusive first husband who she paid off to go take Joe down. She rented a mansion and that caw to draw him in.

“Jeff and (James Garretson) even admit they directed Joe to kill Carole. When Joe didn’t do it, they needed him to pay, he didn’t. So Jeff sent his friend and he ‘chickened out’ on purpose.

“Carole then paid them all off. All the convicts around him, except (Kelci Saffery) and (John Reinke).

“Too bad I wasn’t the police investigator, I would [have] definitely caught this bulls**t.

“Jeff even told the cops about the Tiger skulls, because they didn’t have enough to keep him otherwise on the bogs ‘killing plot’.”

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Photos were then shared on Twitter of Lowe alongside Baskin’s ex-husband, and fans have been trying to spot a resemblance.

The post has been retweeted more than 16,000 times and more than 1,000 fans have commented to share their thoughts.

One fan said: “Hold up…why does Carole Baskin’s first husband look so much like Jeff Lowe though?”

Another fan posted: “Never shows his hairline, strikingly similar features, randomly comes into the story, now has ownership of Joe’s zoo and suddenly after YEARS Carole Baskin stops trying to close the zoo down? Same woman who most likely killed her husband?”

Others pointed out Carole said her ex-husband was violent towards her – and fans have speculated she could have been married to Jeff as he has a criminal record for assaulting an ex-wife.


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Lowe protested his innocence over this conviction and claims he will file a new suit against it.

But not everyone is convinced about the similarities.

Another fan posted: “The only thing I have a hard time wrapping my brain around is that Carole’s husband would be 81 and Jeff Lowe is 67 – he just looks very young and good to be 81…now I definitely could be wrong 100% but I don’t know, the age gap is getting me.”

Lowe and his wife Lauren have just featured on a special episode on Netflix called The Tiger King and I, which was hosted by actor Joel McHale.

In the episode, Lowe gave his reaction to the series – and answered some fans’ questions.

When asked if he believed the theory Carole killed Don Lewis and fed him to the tigers, Jeff’s wife Lauren replied: “Abso-f***ing-lutely.”

Jeff added: “There’s no question in my mind she did it. We’ve claimed that for years and years and years.”

He also then addressed photos of Baskin’s current husband Howard in leopard print on a leash during his wedding to Carole, saying they were worse.

Jeff added: “I don’t even know what to say to Howard about that. I think that’s almost more disturbing than murder.”

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