It took 32 years to officially clear the parents in the famous “dingo took my baby case”. The mother spent three years in jail until evidence supporting their defense was found by chance. They ultimately received $1.3M for wrongful imprisonment, less than 1/3 of their legal fees.

Death of Azaria Chamberlain

Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain (11 June – 17 August 1980) was an Australian two-month, six-day old baby girl who was killed by a dingo on the night of 17 August 1980, on a family camping trip to Uluru in the Northern Territory. Her body was never found. Her parents, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, reported that she had been taken from their tent by a dingo. Lindy Chamberlain was, however, tried for murder and spent more than three years in prison. She was released when a piece of Azaria’s clothing was found near a dingo lair, and new inquests were opened. In 2012, 32 years after Azaria’s death, the Chamberlains’ version of events was officially supported by a coroner.

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8 thoughts on “It took 32 years to officially clear the parents in the famous “dingo took my baby case”. The mother spent three years in jail until evidence supporting their defense was found by chance. They ultimately received $1.3M for wrongful imprisonment, less than 1/3 of their legal fees.”

  1. Yeah, it was a tragic case. The court, media and public absolutely destroyed the family, the poor mother especially. Even today you’ll get people that refuse to believe the mother wasn’t involved even after the court unequivocally exonerated her. Unfortunately it came after years of documentaries, 60 minute style segments and women’s magazine articles sowing seeds of doubt so they can continue to milk the story and profit off tragedy, not caring what that does to the family.

  2. Imagine what the surviving children went through. Getting mind-fucked by 99% of all people that they would meet for years afterward about what an evil person their mother supposedly was.

  3. This line always brings to mind RDJ’s line as Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder.

    “You know that’s a true story? Lady lost a kid.”

  4. Can’t imagine the sickening feeling of knowing your baby was ripped apart and eaten by wild animals. Any death of a child is terrible but this mom didn’t have a body to bury, just thoughts of how it ended.

  5. This is why defendants who aren’t public figures can only be referred to by initials or pseudonyms here in Austria (no, not Australia!). And I quite agree with that.

  6. This, along with McDonald’s coffee lawsuit, should be more widely known. You make assumptions on the story without realizing the details.

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