The dingos got my baby
The Dingos got my baby by Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton (5 star ratings)Although I was only a child when baby Azaria Chamberlain went missing from her tent at Ayers Rock in 1980, I can clearly remember the media storm it created. In my childs eyes, I presumed that what the newspapers and TV were saying was right - that there was something strange about the story and that Lindy Chamberlain was, in fact, guilty. Fortunately as I got older (and wiser) I came to realise it was actually a gross miscarriage of justice. I can also clearly remember the day my English teacher announced he had just heard in the staff room that she had been freed. Even though I had never met this woman I felt so happy for her and for her family, that they would be together again. Of course real life is never quite that simple and as it is well known now, Michael and Lindya marriage crumbled soon after.
Having always had quite an interest in the Chamberlain case and having seen the mini-series based on this book, I was excited to come across it in the library. It was not the earliest edition, but not the latest either (so it did cover her divorce etc but not the most recent events). Although a very lengthy book and with a fair amount of legal information and details, I just couldnt put it down. It stirred so many emotions in me - joy as she spoke of her love for her precious daughter and the beautiful few weeks they spent together, gut-wrenching sadness when Azaria was taken and the aftermath and true anger at the way the Chamberlains were treated by the NT police, the legal system, the media and the Australian public.
I think the thing that struck me most was Lindys amazing strength of character. No matter what was thrown at her, she stayed strong to her own morals and her faith. Whether or not you agree with her beliefs you cannot help but be blown away at what this woman endured and at the fact she is not bitter. There is definitely a life lesson in that.
Another thing that struck me was that before they left on that ill-fated camping trip the Chamberlains were just an average family with absolutely no aspirations to become a media sensation. They literally had not control over the path their life took, which is a sobering thought to ponder.
I was truly touched and humbled by this book and will long remember the impact it had on me.
Through My Eyes - The Lindy Chamberlain Story - Part 1
The Harrowing True Story Behind the “Dingo Ate My Baby” Saying
The Chamberlain family had been holidaying at Uluru when their daughter was taken from their tent by a dingo. Prosecuting authorities rejected her story about a dingo as far-fetched, charging her with murder and securing convictions against her and, also, against her then-husband Michael Chamberlain as an accessory after the fact. After years of challenge in the courts, both parents were absolved of the crime and a coroner found Azaria's death was "the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo". The phrase "A dingo ate my baby" was popularised but was not actually used by Chamberlain. Chamberlain is reported to have called out to her husband, "A dingo took my baby!
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 , 32 years after Azaria's death, the Chamberlains' version of events was officially supported by a coroner.
More than three decades ago, Australia was rocked by the bizarre case of 9-week-old Azaria Chamberlain's death. According to her mother, Lindy Chamberlain, dingos were to blame for the tragedy, but prosecutors advanced a different story — it was Linda, not wild animals, who had killed the child. While the story was immortalized in American pop culture by way of Meryl Streep's flawless performance in A Cry in the Dark and was later turned into a joke by shows like Seinfeld and The Simpsons , the Chamberlains have lived an ongoing nightmare since August 17, Baby Azaria's death was a nearly inexplicable situation. Her body was never found, and the only evidence ever recovered was the jumpsuit she'd worn at the time of her death , with bloodstains around the neck. There was no motive for Chamberlain, who was described as " a respected member of the community " and the wife of a Seventh-Day Adventist pastor, to commit such a heinous crime.
"A dingo ate my baby" is a cry falsely attributed to Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton upon "That dog's got my baby!" or "My God, My God, a dingo has got my baby!".
they say you die twice
The words became a punchline, and lost their meaning as it carried down through pop culture like a bed time story. But, the true story behind the phrase is no joke; the true story is about a horrifying child death—and a grieving mother who was falsely accused of her murder. August 17, was like any other hot and sticky Summer night in Australia. Lindy and Michael Chamberlain took their family camping in Uluru now known as Ayers Rock , a national park in a central part of the country. The night would prove to be far from typical.
When coroner Elizabeth Morris ruled that a dingo had taken baby Azaria Chamberlain from her cot in the Australian outback 32 years ago, there were smiles, tears of relief and loud applause from the packed gallery at Darwin magistrates court. But there were no surprises. There had always been a sense of unreality in the conviction of Lindy Chamberlain, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor's wife and respected member of the community, for cutting the throat of her nine-week-old baby. To this day, nobody has ever advanced a plausible motive. After Chamberlain's conviction, there were other instances of dingo attacks on children — including the fatal mauling of nine-year-old Clinton Gage on Queensland's Fraser Island in — and they provided the critical circumstantial evidence needed to end the Azaria mystery. Chamberlain, though remarried, embraced her former husband Michael.