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29-10-04, 07:35

1982: Mother jailed in dingo baby murder

Lindy Chamberlain has been found guilty of the murder of her nine-week-old daughter after a jury dismissed her claim that a dingo took the baby.

The court was told that she cut the baby's throat and disposing of the body whilst at a campsite near Ayers Rock.

Mrs Chamberlain, who is expecting her fourth child, will now start her mandatory life term with hard labour after being sentenced in Melbourne, Australia.

Her husband, Michael Chamberlain, was found guilty of being an accessory to the murder of baby Azaria, but has not yet been sentenced.

Azaria Chamberlain went missing from the campsite in 1980. Her body has never been recovered but her bloodstained clothes were found and formed the main part of the investigation.

In an earlier inquest the judge accepted the Chamberlains claim that a dingo had taken their baby but further investigations by British pathologists showed the wounds, indicated by bloodstains on the baby's clothes, could not have been caused by a dingo and a second investigation was started.

Australian experts disagreed with the findings and claimed that assertions Azaria's throat had been cut were completely unfounded.

During the seven-week trial the jurors were taken to the Ayers Rock site. Among questions raised was the possibility that a dingo's jaw would not be strong enough to carry off a baby.

The case has taken the country by storm and become known as "Australia's murder trial of the century". It was expected to end with an acquittal and it is thought that there will now be an appeal.

Full old story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/29/newsid_2467000/2467665.stm)

29-10-04, 20:18
This is a hair-raising story! Sometimes you watch films with stories like this and you think they go too far. But as it turns out, life always surpasses imagination.

Those cases are quite interesting, though.

30-10-04, 16:26
And this one was made into a film, with Meryl Streep. A Cry In The Dark.

30-10-04, 17:12
Really? I didn't know that! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif I knew the film, but didn't know it was based on real events.

There was a case here of a very gross crime - a young man killed his wife in a most apalling way, several years back; I think I was at high school when this happened - and some time later, it was made into a film by a greek director; yet the relatives of both sides (of the young man, who is still in jail, serving a life sentence, and of the murdered girl), opposed strongly to the way the screenplay presented the facts.

[ 30. October 2004, 18:14: Message edited by: Nicky ]