, The initial inquiry, held in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, by Alice Springs magistrate and coroner Dennis Barritt in December 1980 and January 1981, supported the Chamberlains' account of Azaria's disappearance, finding a dingo took the child. Photo / Supplied. Neill has remained a staunch defender of Australia’s most maligned family, lending his voice and support to a new documentary, Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story. Almost 40 years since the tragic death of baby Azaria Chamberlain at Uluru, her mum Lindy Chamberlain is finally able to let go of the terrible past that’s haunted her for so long. Camper Wallace Goodwin, who was the first to discover the jumpsuit, singlet and nappy, gave evidence that the whole of the jumpsuit was undone, that the clothes were lying on the ground naturally not artificially, and that he believed the singlet was beside the jumpsuit not inside it. , Les Harris, then President of the Dingo Foundation, gave evidence that his opinion based on years of studying dingoes is that a dingo could have enveloped the head of a baby in its mouth and carried the weight of a baby over long distances. , 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. 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).:p. and ran into the tent to check on her children. 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. 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. Hear the truth of what happened that fateful night and the devastation that followed the Chamberlain family for years to come. The Lindy Tapes: New documentary reveals the lingering bigotry against the Chamberlains. The jumpsuit was completely done up by studs to the neck which remained closed while the child was bleeding. Further, marks on nappy fragments were similar to marks resulting from a dingo on another nappy that was used for testing purposes. She and her family were members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and she married an Adventist pastor, the New Zealand-born Michael Chamberlain, on 18 November 1969. From this evidence it was concluded that both Chamberlains were implicated in covering their crime.:p. On the night of 17 August, Chamberlain reported that the child had been taken from their tent by a dingo. On 7 February 1986, after the discovery of new evidence, Chamberlain was released from prison on remission. Lindy Chamberlain Has Critics Captivated NC | Documentary Details . Her view of its nose was obscured. 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 … Her conviction was overwhelmingly based on forensic evidence, which is highly relevant to the issue of creation and evolution. “You will understand how this miscarriage of justice happened,” said 7NEWS investigative journalist Denham Hitchcock. Five words that will forever divide a nation. “We have uncovered secret police tapes, with police talking not only to witnesses and not only to suspects but discussions amongst themselves. 4. , A scientific witness located blood on the wall of the tent.  In 2012, the coroner's final report identified that a dingo was the cause of death.. And Azaria’s grieving parents were put under the microscope for every comment and reaction. Lindy Chamberlain says she is still ‘howled at’ by strangers on the street on Sunday Project . Now, four decades on, 7NEWS Spotlight have new details on the famous case - including the secret police tapes you were never meant to hear. La découverte d'un morceau de vêtement du nourrisson en 1986 va relancer l'affaire, et entraîner la libération de la mère Lindy Chamberlain après quatre années d'incarcération.  Canine hairs were located in the tent and on Azaria's jumpsuit. For the first five years after their marriage they lived in Tasmania, after which they moved to Mount Isa in northern Queensland. In the 1970s, the Chamberlains had two sons: Aidan (born 1973) and Reagan (born 1976). 2. This two-part event premieres … “It’s really a jigsaw puzzle, and these are the missing pieces to the story,” Hitchcock said. She then later returned to the tent and immediately claimed that she saw a dingo taking her baby with evidence implicating a dingo being purely coincidental. Web Extras.  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. “The cops put her up, they leaked information to the press, and then these other small factors came into play. In the 1988 film Evil Angels (released as A Cry in the Dark outside Australia and New Zealand) the role was played by Meryl Streep, whose performance received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 1989. 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. Watch the full story above Another witness who entered the tent that night, police Constable Frank Morris, gave evidence that there were only a few drops of blood on a couple of blankets and a sleeping bag in the tent. 9 week old baby Azaria Chamberlain disappeared on the night of 17 August 1980 on a camping trip at Uluru (Ayers Rock) in central Australia. He was led to believe they were following the trail of a dingo carrying a heavy object believed to be Azaria's body. Although the commission was of the opinion that the evidence afforded considerable support for the dingo hypothesis, it did not examine the evidence to see whether it had been proved that a dingo took the baby. The documentary features interviews with the Chamberlain children, Aidan, Reagan and Kahlia, and with Lindy’s second husband, Rick Creighton. Declaration of interest: The writer recorded the first television interview with the Chamberlains and covered the story as a journalist and TV producer for several years. Shortly after her conviction, Chamberlain was escorted from Berrimah Prison under guard to give birth to her fourth child, Kahlia, on 17 November 1982, in Darwin Hospital, and was returned thereafter to prison. “This is a full forensic analysis of the police investigation,” Hitchcock said. With the nation’s news tightly locked on to the investigation, it became an ongoing trial by media. “When you put all the pieces together with the police tapes, you understand what went so catastrophically wrong.”. Australian composer Moya Henderson wrote the opera Lindy to a libretto by Judith Rodriguez. On 20 December 1992, she married American publisher and fellow member of Seventh-day Adventist Church, Rick Creighton. Lindy Chamberlain appears in the new two-part documentary Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story. No-one noticing alleged blood on Chamberlain's clothes in the hours after the disappearance was purely fortunate. Chamberlain gave evidence that she always ensured that singlets were not inside out.  Morris apologised to the Chamberlain family while an amended death certificate was immediately made available to them.  In 1992, the Australian government paid Chamberlain $1.3 million in compensation.  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.:p. 10, Witness Judith West, who was camped 30 metres (98 feet) away, testified to hearing a dog's low, throaty growl coming from that direction, a sound that she associated with growls her husband's dogs made when he was slaughtering sheep.:p. , 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. 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. It was argued that the absence of saliva was not remarkable as a witness gave evidence of heavy rain in the area. Articles About Credits. Another appeal against her conviction was rejected by the High Court in February 1984. The Chamberlains divorced in 1991. Azaria was missing. He stated that he picked up the clothes to check the inside for human remains and then returned it to the ground and photographed it. On 29 October 1982 the Chamberlains were both found guilty as charged. This lack of presence of saliva and dragging is inconsistent with a dingo carrying the body a distance of some four kilometres.  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. 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Hear the truth of what happened that fateful night and the devastation that followed the Chamberlain family for years to come. 14 She also counted on her son not noticing she had taken Azaria and returned without her and asking her publicly where she had taken Azaria. There is evidence to support that when comparable scissors are used to cut through blood that blood would be deposited on the cutting edge. ", He also wrote that because the evidence for the death-by-dingo hypothesis was never developed "I am unable to be reasonably satisfied that Azaria Chamberlain died accidentally as a result of being taken by a dingo. In the second inquest, concerning the clothing evidence alone: 1. 12 However, forensic expert Professor James Cameron gave evidence that, based on studying plaster casts of dingo jaws, it was impossible for a dingo to open its jaws wide enough to encompass a child's head. 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Evidence that a dingo took Azaria Chamberlain, Claims of human interference with clothes, CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (, Through My Eyes: The Lindy Chamberlain Story, The Trial of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain: A Chronology, The Trial of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain ("The Dingo Trial"), "Using the Chamberlain Case to explore evidence in history", "Scientists in the Dock Lawyers Scientists and the Prosecution of Offenders", Reference Under S.433A of the Criminal Code by the Attorney-General for the Northern Territory of Australia of Convictions of Alice Lynne Chamberlain and Michael Leigh Chamberlain. They don’t. In the 1983 Australian television movie about the case, Who Killed Baby Azaria?, Chamberlain was played by Elaine Hudson; the movie aired on Network Ten.  Coroner Elizabeth Morris said that the new evidence in relation to dingo attacks on infants and young children had helped convince her to reopen the investigation. 17 August, 1980. Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story can be seen on Ten Play. 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. She chased in the direction she thought it had gone, and called out to her husband for a torch.:p. It’s been 40 years since terrified mum Lindy Chamberlain told the world a … 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. “So she put on this neutral face - and it all ran together in the end and ended up with this huge miscarriage of justice.”.  In 2007, Chamberlain spoke out in support of the parents of Madeleine McCann, and said she would be willing to talk to the McCanns. This supports the view that the vegetation contamination was caused by human intervention. Network 10 have announced they will screen the new documentary A Dingo’s Got My Baby: The Lindy Chamberlain Story..  From the day Azaria went missing, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain maintained a dingo took their child. In 1986, Ray Martin interviewed Lindy Chamberlain, who had been accused of killing her nine-week-old daughter, Azaria, while camping at Uluru in 1980. But in the upcoming Channel 10 documentary series, Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story, a family lawyer has shared the full story behind that interview and the 'Lindy' it presented to the world. , In acquitting the Chamberlains in 1988, the Supreme Court found that the alleged "baby blood" found in the Chamberlains' car, upon which the prosecution so heavily relied, could have been any substance, but was likely that of a sound deadening compound from a manufacturing overspray (which contained no blood). An inference can be drawn that these scissors were used to cut the deceased’s clothing. The clothing of the deceased child had been buried prior to its finding and probably contained the body of the child when buried. Chamberlain was convicted on 29 October 1982, and her appeals to the Federal Court of Australia, and High Court of Australia, were dismissed.