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‘A Cry in the Dark’

July 14, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

So a dingo did take Lindy Chamberlain's baby after all.

Last Saturday night, Ross and I watched "A Cry in the Dark," which starred Meryl Streep, in one of her many Oscar-nominated roles, and Sam Neill. It was based on the true story of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain of Australia, whose nine-week-old baby Azaria went missing on a camping trip in 1980. At the time, the Chamberlains, Azaria and Azaria's two older brothers were camping in a group camp at Ayers Rock. Apparently in a split second, Lindy saw a dingo coming out of their tent with her daughter. There was blood on the tent mattress, the basket Azaria was sleeping in as well as dingo tracks.

The story eventually became sensationalized. Of course, you didn't hear too much about dingo attacks back in the 1980s. Pretty soon the Chamberlain family came under suspicion. Their home was searched. Azaria's bloody clothes were found, with the exception of a matinee jacket. There were two inquests into the case. Lindy then went on trial, was pregnant during the proceedings, and was found guilty of murder. Michael was found guilty of being an accessory to murder. She got a life sentence without parole. He received a three-year suspended sentence.

The Chamberlains kept fighting to prove their innocence and clear their name. A few years later, the matinee jacket was found. Lindy was released from prison.

But did a dingo do it?

This past year, a fourth inquest was made into the case, and a coroner determined that a dingo did cause Azaria's death. New evidence of dingo attacks on young children triggered the re-opening of the case. It only took almost 32 years for the case to finally come to a close. The Chamberlains had since divorced and married other people. I just found it interesting that Ross and I agreed on that particular movie to watch in light of the latest news.

Even though I knew little of the "dingo took my baby" case, I now find it fascinating and want to read more. Lindy does have an autobiography out, "Through My Eyes," which is a bit expensive in paperback on Amazon. But I found a Kindle version of the book, "The Dingo's Got My Baby," by Lindy for just $4.59. Hmm900 pages long. Whoa! Well maybe I'll get it. I like to read true crime stories from time to time.



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