EVENTS

The Dingo And Azaria
Australia Crest

On 29th October, 1982, Lindy Chamberlain was found guilty of murdering her 9 week old baby daughter, Azaria at a campsite at Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Central Australia on 17th August, 1980, despite claiming the baby was taken from her crib by a dingo.

The first inquest in February 1981 accepted this first version of events, however a second inquest overthrew those findings and Lindy and her husband Michael were committed to trial. Lindy was found guilty of murder in October, 1982 and sentenced to life in prison with hard labour. Michael was found guilty of being an accessory after the fact and given a suspended sentence.

The body of the baby was never found however, a blood stained jump suit in which the baby was dressed was found some years later at Uluru. Lindy had spent almost 3 years in jail by this time, and where she had given birth to another daughter.

The sentence was squashed in 1988, mainly over the reliability of forensic evidence, and compensation paid in 1992 to Lindy and her then husband, Michael by the Northern Territory government.

Recent attacks by dingos on tourists and children, particularly on Fraser Island, support the claim made by Lindy all those years ago.

A book on the saga, Evil Angels, was made into an internationally released film starring American actress Meryl Streep.

Lindy Chamberlain told her story in her 1990 autobiography, Through My Eyes.


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