[31] In 1990, the Rank Strangers' recording of their song "Uluru", which supported the Chamberlains and called for compensation to be paid to them, finished in the final five of the Australian Country Music Awards in Tamworth, New South Wales. [3], New evidence emerged on 2 February 1986 when Azaria's matinee jacket, which the police had maintained did not exist, was found partially buried adjacent to a dingo lair in an isolated location near Uluru. This page was last edited on 17 November 2020, at 21:57. [9] Azaria's clothing was found only 30 metres (98 feet) from a dingo's den, although no-one, including the chief ranger and his deputy, was aware of the den at the time.[9]. A vivid and profoundly moving picture emerges of the devastating impact that the case, and Lindy’s conviction for murder and incarceration, had on the family. 6, Camper Sally Lowe and Michael Chamberlain gave evidence that they heard a baby cry at a time when Chamberlain was with them at the barbecue area and Azaria was believed to be in the family tent.[10]:p. “The cops put her up, they leaked information to the press, and then these other small factors came into play. Share. 7. She cried "Michael, Michael, the dingo's got my baby!" Her baby Azaria was taken from a campsite by a dingo - and Lindy was put on trial for murder and imprisoned for a crime she didn’t commit. [16], After the Chamberlains were acquitted by the Supreme Court in September 1988 and their convictions overturned, a third inquest in 1995 took place, with the coroner's report stating that it was a "paper inquest" rather than a full inquest since there was little new evidence and the second inquest was never fully completed. Web Extras. [5] She and Creighton live in Australia. On 20 December 1992, she married American publisher and fellow member of Seventh-day Adventist Church, Rick Creighton. [11] A massive search was organised; Azaria was not found but the jumpsuit she had been wearing was discovered about a week later about 4km (2.5 miles) from the tent, bloodstained about the neck, indicating the probable death of the missing child. [25], Chamberlain published Through My Eyes: an autobiography in 1990. When she was in the tent she observed a pool of blood in the tent about 15 cm by 10 cm (6 by 4 inches).[10]:p. [16] This finding underscored inconsistencies in the earlier blood testing, which, along with the later-recovered matinee jacket from a dingo lair area, had given rise to the Morling Royal Commission's doubts about the propriety of her conviction. ‘A dingo’s got my baby’. He was led to believe they were following the trail of a dingo carrying a heavy object believed to be Azaria's body. This two-part event premieres … Lindy Chamberlain appears in the new two-part documentary Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story. “We have uncovered secret police tapes, with police talking not only to witnesses and not only to suspects but discussions amongst themselves. [9], A scientific witness located blood on the wall of the tent. In the second inquest, concerning the clothing evidence alone: 1. He produced photographs of dingoes enveloping the head of a baby-sized doll in its jaws.[10]:p. A matinee jacket the child had been wearing was not found at the time. 11, Lowe also gave evidence that she had brought Reagan out of the tent after the occurrence. Roff noted that dingoes in the area were becoming increasingly aggressive, approaching and sometimes biting people. It automatically follows that I am also unable to be satisfied on the balance of probabilities that Michael Leigh Chamberlain had any involvement in the death. She gave no indication of being stressed when she took Azaria and indicated that she was putting her to bed. The documentary features interviews with the Chamberlain children, Aidan, Reagan and Kahlia, and with Lindy’s second husband, Rick Creighton. In the 1970s, the Chamberlains had two sons: Aidan (born 1973) and Reagan (born 1976). Think you know everything about the Lindy Chamberlain story? His archival footage forms part of the documentary. Lindy Chamberlain Has Critics Captivated NC | Documentary Details . Hear the truth of what happened that fateful night and the devastation that followed the Chamberlain family for years to come. [9] The coroner considered the Morling Royal Commission's report enquiring into the correctness of the convictions against Chamberlain along with submissions made on behalf of the Chamberlains, and returned an open verdict in Azaria's cause of death, or, insufficient evidence by the prosecution that failed to meet the required standard of proof for conviction. [27], In August 2010, on the 30th anniversary of the death of Azaria, Chamberlain appealed on her website to have the cause of death amended on Azaria's death record. 15 However, the amount of blood was disputed. “If she frowned, people would think she was cold-hearted. 14, The prosecution's expert testimony for forensic evidence included that of James Cameron, a scientist who had also given crucial evidence in a case in England which was later overturned when his expert evidence was proved wrong. [16], The prosecution's theory was that, in a five- to ten-minute absence from the camp fire, Lindy returned to her tent, did whatever was necessary to stop her young son Aidan from following her, changed into tracksuit pants, took Azaria to her car, obtained and used scissors to cut Azaria's throat, waited for Azaria to die (options were carotid arteries or jugular – all experts said there was an absence of evidence of arterial bleeding on the jumpsuit blood stains and it would take up to 20 minutes if the death was from cutting the jugular), hid the body in a camera case in the car, cleaned up blood on everything including the outside of the camera case, removed the tracksuit pants, obtained baked beans for her son from the car, returned to the tent, did something to leave blood splashes there and brought her son Aidan back to the campfire without ever attracting the attention of other campers except for camper Greg Lowe who gave evidence that he observed her to go to the tent with Azaria and Aidan and then walk to the car with her left arm around Aidan and her right arm unimpeded.[10]:p. [19][28] In 2012, the coroner's final report identified that a dingo was the cause of death.[29]. On the night of August 17, 1980, on a family camping trip to Uluru, Lindy Chamberlain’s world fell apart when a dingo took her baby Azaria from the family tent, and the little girl from nine weeks was never seen again 1 It was one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in Australian history. “So she put on this neutral face - and it all ran together in the end and ended up with this huge miscarriage of justice.”. She also must have somehow done it without her husband's knowledge or he was also incredibly daring given that he left his children in her care afterward and he told the police that he had given them the wrong camera case and then gave them the one that was allegedly used to conceal the body.[9][12][16]. The Lindy Tapes: New documentary reveals the lingering bigotry against the Chamberlains. Scissors were found in the Chamberlain’s car on which there was present human foetal blood staining on the cutting edge and on the hinge areas. The clothing was not subjected to heavy rain as there is evidence that such heavy rain would have adversely affected the bloodstaining on the clothing and this is not the case. “When you put all the pieces together with the police tapes, you understand what went so catastrophically wrong.”. Single holes or indentations which appear in the clothing could be consistent with teeth marks of an animal but the absence of tissue stains in conjunction with those holes make it inconsistent with an animal holding the body of the child. [6] She was known as "Lindy" from a young age. On 29 October 1982 the Chamberlains were both found guilty as charged. Web Extras. In the documentary Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story, narrated by actor Sam Neill, the two-part series featured insights and exclusive interviews with family friends, high court judges, forensic experts, lawyers, high profile media, professors of history, novelists, filmmakers, and … Add to my Shows. “It’s really a jigsaw puzzle, and these are the missing pieces to the story,” Hitchcock said. 4. 6. In the new two-part documentary Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story, premiering at 7.30pm Sunday on Network 10, Lindy Chamberlain and her family share their side of the story. [citation needed], The purpose of the royal commission was to enquire into and report on the correctness of the Chamberlain convictions. The clothes as found were not strewn around the area and this is inconsistent with an animal being responsible for their placement. She moved to Australia with her family in 1969. Alice Lynne "Lindy" Chamberlain-Creighton (née Murchison; born 4 March 1948) is a New Zealand -born woman who was wrongfully convicted in one of Australia's most … The story of Lindy Chamberlain is without a doubt the most famous case in Australian legal history. No-one noticing alleged blood on Chamberlain's clothes in the hours after the disappearance was purely fortunate. “They thought she was guilty and they were hellbent on making their case stick - and in the end, they did. In this harrowing preview clip, Lindy recounts a conversation she had with a key witness at the campground, Judy West, on the night Azaria went missing. A Dingo’s Got My Baby: The Lindy Chamberlain Story is the Chamberlain family’s story of love, loss and redemption, told exclusively by them. Alice Lynne Murchison was born in Whakatāne, New Zealand, the daughter of Avis and Cliff Murchison. This lack of presence of saliva and dragging is inconsistent with a dingo carrying the body a distance of some four kilometres. Her conviction was overwhelmingly based on forensic evidence, which is highly relevant to the issue of creation and evolution. [12] With regard to the timing of the baby's cry and Chamberlain's whereabouts, the prosecution also claimed that the Chamberlains convinced fellow camper and witness Sally Lowe to say that she heard Azaria cry after Chamberlain returned to the camp fire.[10]:p. [20] After 32 years of intense media interest and public excoriation, the Chamberlains stated they remained unsatisfied with bare acquittal and presumed innocence, and were keen to finally, and definitively, determine how their daughter died. Michael Chamberlain was charged with being an accessory after the fact. 9. After the blood had dried the two top studs were undone prior to the clothing being buried whilst containing the body of the child. Chamberlain gave evidence that she always ensured that singlets were not inside out. Half way to the tent she thought she saw a dingo emerging from the tent having difficulty getting out of the tent and shaking its head vigorously. Episodes. [5][8] The Supreme Court quashed the findings of the initial inquest and ordered a second inquest in December 1981, with the taking of evidence concluded in February 1982. Specifically, he wrote, "After examining all the evidence I am unable to be satisfied on the balance of probabilities that Azaria Chamberlain died at the hands of Alice Lynne Chamberlain. 30 secs Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story Lindy Chamberlain Has Critics Captivated. Azaria was missing. "I now know that the Aboriginal's account of following these tracks west that night has been denied by rangers and the Aboriginal's account of this incident has not been accepted. 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