Like so many other people did during the early days of what we’ve called Quarantine, I watched “Tiger King” on Netflix. It was, in a word, outrageous, but I don’t need to tell you that.

As anyone working at a weekly newspaper knows, when there’s something happening on a national level you examine its relevancy on a local level. We’re all talking about Tiger King … and, oh yeah, there’s this story from the islands about a deaf deputy being killed during an incident involving blind tigers.

Yes, you ready that right.


What better time was there to re-examine this century-old incident than a time when the Tiger King memes are taking over social media, animal lovers are advocating for the proper care of big cats and we’re all inundated with COVID-19 news stories?

I emailed David Gwinn, the county’s historian, on a Friday.