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“A dingo took my baby!” We’ve all heard it, wondered what the heck a dingo was exactly, and likely laughed at the incredulous statement. What do you know, it turns out thirty years after baby Azaria’s death, her mother, Lindy Chamberlain, was telling the truth!
The story of 9-week-old Azaria Chamberlain being stolen from a tent while her family camped in Australia quickly became a media-fueled circus. On that horrible day in 1980 a then 32-year-old Lindy reportedly screamed repeatedly “the dingo’s got my baby.” In what become one of the country’s most famous murder trials, Lindy was ultimately convicted of killing her daughter, and was sentenced to life in prison.
In 1988 Meryl Streep appeared as Lindy Chamberlain in the true-crime drama A Cry in the Dark. From there the phrase “a dingo took my baby,” or “a dingo ate my baby,” took on a life of its own, notably parodied by Elaine on Seinfield, Family Guy and Conan among others.
The original case was appealed by Lindy Chamberlain, but while she was released from prison 1986 (serving time and being separated from her other three children for a crime she didn’t commit) her name was anything but clear in the public’s mind.
Tuesday, more than 30 years after Azaria was taken from the tent, a court ruled that a dingo did, in fact, take the baby after considering evidence from other attacks that have occurred in the time since. ”The cause of her death was as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo,” Elizabeth Morris, coroner for Northern Territory, announced to Darwin Magistrates court. “Dingos can and do cause harm to humans.”
Lindy Chamberlain, now 64, commented she and her family are “relieved and delighted to come to the end of this saga. No longer will Australia be able to say that dingoes are not dangerous and will only attack if provoked.”
Incredible, isn’t it? That all along Lindy Chamberlain’s cries were not some coverup for the cold-blooded murder of an infant. She truly was a mother in anguish screaming the truth, as ridiculous as it sounded, from the top of her lungs.
For what it’s worth, Meryl Streep is now 62-years-old. Perhaps it’s time to pay the “a dingo took my baby” saga another visit in film? Something tells me Lindy Chamberlain would have plenty to tell the world if given the chance.
What do you think of the courts deciding the dingo story is, in fact, true?
Does it make you think twice about any trials we’ve witnessed take place stateside?
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