SYDNEY — A coroner on Friday opened Australia’s fourth inquest into the most notorious and bitterly controversial legal drama in the nation’s history: the 1980 death of a 9-week-old baby whose parents say was taken by a dingo from her tent in the Australian Outback.
Azaria Chamberlain’s mother, Lindy, was convicted and later cleared of murdering her and has always maintained that a wild dog took the baby. She and her ex-husband, Michael Chamberlain, are hoping fresh evidence they have gathered about dingo attacks on children will convince Northern Territory Coroner Elizabeth Morris and end relentless speculation that has followed them for 32 years.
Another nightmare of nightmares that has everyone guessing to this very day. If a dingo actually killed the baby, then Lindy Chamberlain has suffered grief above and beyond the unimaginable pain associated with the loss of a child. If she killed her baby, then she managed to dodge justice for now. We’ll just have to leave it to God who already knows the score. A Florida jury certainly would have acquitted her without a second thought.