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04 March - Lindy Chamberlain, mother of dingo baby.

Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:45 am
by Max ADU
Australian Birthday Today
04 March
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Alice Lynne "Lindy" Chamberlain-Creighton
born 4 March 1948, Whakatane, New Zealand is a New Zealand-born Australian woman who was at the centre of one of Australia's most publicised murder trials in which she was falsely accused and convicted of killing her nine-week old daughter,
Azaria, while camping at Uluru (then known as Ayers Rock) in 1980.

In her defence, Chamberlain-Creighton maintained that she saw a dingo leave the tent where Azaria slept on the night she disappeared.

Known as "Lindy" from a young age, she moved to Australia with her family in 1949.Lindy and her family were members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and she married fellow Adventist and pastor Michael Chamberlain on 18 November 1969.

A nightmare holiday
The Chamberlains had two sons: Aidan, born in 1973, and Reagan, born in 1976. Chamberlain's first daughter, Azaria, was born 11 June 1980

When Azaria was two months old, the family went on a camping trip to Uluru, arriving on 16 August 1980. On the night of 17 August, Chamberlain reported that the child had been taken from her tent by a dingo.

A massive search was
organised; Azaria was not found but the jump suit she had been wearing was discovered about a week later about 4000m from the tent, bloodstained about the neck, indicating the probable death of the missing child.

A matinee jacket the child had been wearing was not found at the time.

From the day Azaria went missing, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain maintained a dingo took their child, and early on in the case, the facts showed that for the two years before Azaria went missing, Uluru/Ayers Rock chief ranger Derek Roff had been writing to the government urging a dingo cull and warning of imminent human tragedy, that dingoes were becoming increasingly cheeky, approaching and sometimes biting people.

They did not believed them
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. The Supreme Court quashed the findings of the initial inquest.

In committing the C
hamberlains for trial,the coroner who performed the second inquest and recorded findings as to the cause and manner of Azaria's death, stated that although the evidence was, to a large degree, circumstantial, a jury properly instructed could arrive at a verdict; with regard to the clothing evidence, he surmised that the Chamberlains knew dingos were in the area, attempted to simulate a dingo attack, recovered Azaria's buried body, removed her clothing, damaged it by cutting, rubbed it in vegetation and deposited the clothes for later recovery.

GUILTY said the world
On this basis and that of blood evidence of unknown origin found in the Chamberlains' car, the Chamberlains were prosecuted and convicted for the murder of their 2-month old baby, with Lindy sentenced to life imprisonment and Michael Chamberlain convicted as an accessory to murder

The truth is discovered
Eight years later, her conviction was overturned after the discovery of new evidence, and both she and her then husband Michael Chamberlain were acquitted of all charges

New evidence emerged
on 2 February 1986 when a remaining item of clothing was found partially buried near Uluru in an isolated location adjacent to a dingo lair: Azaria's missing matinee jacket – which the police had maintained for years did not exist.

Five days later, on 7 February 1986, with Azaria's missing jacket found and supporting the Chamberlain's defence case, Lindy Chamberlain was released from prison, and her life sentence was remitted by the Northern Territory Government

On 12 June 2012, an Australian coroner made a final ruling that a dingo dog took baby Azaria Chamberlain from a campsite in 1980 and caused her death.

Coroner Elizabeth Morris apologised to the Chamberlain family while an amended death certificate was immediately made available to them.

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Re: 04 March - Lindy Chamberlain, mother of dingo baby.

Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:14 pm
by Max ADU