Watching crime shows is not my bag. But too many people have asked me about Tiger King so now I’m on episode 3.
This episode focuses on Carole Baskin and her past with her husband. Was she involved in his disappearance?
The rule that our law enforcement uses is that the simplest explanation is the right one. Evidence usually backs that up. In this case there’s no evidence.
But what does her body language say? Here are some of my ideas:
Whenever she talks about him or the case she laughs. Likely that’s because she’s having fun and thinking she’s getting away with it. We see this several times both in TV interviews at the time of the incident and in current footage.
Here’s a clip where she smiles a bit and shrugs her shoulders as she says ‘totally outlandish’. That says uncertainty. So she doesn’t believe what she’s saying.
She does, however know more than she’s saying. Check out the very end of this video below. See how she rolls her lips back over her teeth. You have to look for it but she’s doing it as she laughs.
They use lots of voiceovers in this production. That makes for good viewing but not good for lie detection. At one point she says ‘I just don’t know’. Here we really need to see her as she says it but we don’t get that opportunity. I think there would be some clues there.
.The one thing I notice is that quite often as she’s filmed her chin is up. That says moral superiority. So she thinks she’s got very good reason to have done what she did and said what she did. She sees herself as standing on higher ground than those around.
The telltale is in the will. She took it the day he went missing and rewrote it to say ‘disappearance’ in it. Then she changed asset distribution to her benefit. That’s not someone who’s expecting him to come back.
As with all crime documentaries, the producers are trying to lead us in one direction. Is there evidence or interviews they’ve left out? Maybe. Here we see some clues but I’d still like to see uninterrupted video from her. I’d also like to hear specifically what questions she was asked. That can make a pretty big difference in judging her response.