Shortly after the disappearance of 9-week-old Azaria Chamberlain in August 1980, a television reporter showed her mother, Lindy, a police photograph of the baby suit
The outfit was found in Uluru, near the campsite where the little girl had sadly disappeared
The reporter echoed the lingering question that had been raised around the family’s version of events: If a dingo had removed Azaria from her tent that evening, how was her clothes so intact?
The response Lindy gave was instrumental in turning the tide of public opinion against her It was detailed, detached, almost academic
« If you’ve ever seen a dingo eat, there won’t be any difficulty, » she said « Because if you watch them eat the carcass of a cow, or something like that, they don’t eat the skin They use their feet like hands and pull the skin as they go, and they’ll just peel it like an orange «
But in the upcoming Channel 10 documentary series Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story, a family lawyer shared the full story of this interview and the ‘Lindy’ she introduced to the world.
Dr Ken Krispin QC, who represented the Chamberlains on a 1987 royal commission, said his team were able to get the full tape recording, which revealed it was recorded after several taken
« It started with the reporter saying, ‘Mrs. Chamberlain, what happened to your baby? « She started to respond and choked in distress and burst into tears Take one Take two [They said] ‘Start over Mrs. Chamberlain, what happened to your baby? She went some more away and choked again
« And they said, ‘Look, Lindy If you want to get your point across you are really going to have to control yourself Now try again, get your emotions under control and try to answer our questions And so they persevered
In October 1982, Lindy was convicted of murdering her granddaughter by slitting her throat. Her husband, Michael, was convicted of being an accomplice after the fact
Media interest in this case was huge and people marched through court wearing t-shirts that read: « The dingo is innocent »
She was sentenced to life in prison, but served three years before Azaria’s morning jacket, which police had disproved, was found partially buried near a dingo lair in Uluru. new evidence, Lindy was released in remission, then pardoned and received $ 1.3 million in compensation from the Government of the Northern Territory
It was assumed what a grieving parent looks like, and thanks to Lindy’s infamous interview and other media appearances, many have decided she doesn’t fit How a grieving mother could appear so cold? Where are the tears?
In this little crack of false suspicion, bizarre rumors and speculation poured out There were allegations that they had killed Azaria in a satanic ritual, allegations of human sacrifice, kidnapping and cover-up
This is despite the final legal ruling on what happened to Azaria After years of torment, on June 12, 2012, Coroner Elizabeth Morris officially declared that Azaria had been pulled up and killed by a dingo
Her voice breaking as she made the decision, Coroner Morris said: « Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your special and beloved daughter and sister, Azaria I am so sorry for your loss. not take away the pain and sadness of the death of a child «
The first part of Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story airs Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 10 and Ten Play
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