Mystery solved: a dingo did kill Azaria Chamberlain and ruin Lindy Chamberlain’s world
A DINGO killed Azaria Chamberlain on August 17 1980. The dingo took Azaria Chamberlain from a campsite in Uluru, Australia. She was nine weeks old. Yesterday, Azaria would have been 32. Her parents, Michael and Lindy Chamberlain, had no part in her disappearance and death. Linday, who yelled “a dingo’s got my baby”, was jailed for the child’s death.
On October 29 1982, Lindy Chamberlain was found guilty of murder. Michael Chamberlain was found guilty of being an accessory to the murder. Both were tried by jury.
Their marriage fell apart.
On 2 February 1986, a matinee jacket worn by Azaria was found in a dingo’s lair at Uluru. Five says later, Lindy was released.
For 32 years Lindy and Michael Chamberlain’s life has been scared by suspicion and rumour.
Today, Elizabeth Morris, a Northern Territory coroner, said dingoes do take human babies and that she was happy that her ruling was “adequate, clear, cogent and exact and excluded all other reasons possible”. Azaria Chamberlain died because she was “attacked and taken by a dingo”.
Said Lindy Chamberlain – now the remarried Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton – said she was “relieved and delighted to come to the end of this saga”.
“No longer will Australia be able to say the dingoes are not dangerous and will only attack if provoked. We live in a beautiful country but it is dangerous and we’d ask all Australians to be aware of this and take appropriate precautions.”
Azaria’s death certificate states she was taken by a dingo.
Said her former husband:
“Ladies and gentlemen, sometimes justice takes 32 years, but here it is and let me tell you it is worth the effort.”
What happened was a miscarriage of justice.