Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Chamberlain Saga Enthralled a Nation

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Chamberlain Saga Enthralled a Nation

Article excerpt

THERE have been many news items over the years that have become legendary, but few can top the disappearance of baby Azaria Chamberlain in 1980.

The claim by her parents, Michael and Lindy, that their baby was taken by a dingo were ridiculed by all and that disbelief sent an innocent woman to jail and destroyed a devout Christian family.

Those of us who were around at the time saw images on the TV and in the newspapers of an almost emotionless Lindy Chamberlain.

Australians asked how a mother, who had just lost her baby girl, could not be broken and sobbing at every given moment.

There was story after story noting just that, and there is no doubt many of those reports tainted the public's perception.

Some journalists reflected a story that said this mother had killed the child and then fabricated an unbelievable alibi.

It was a much better story than just saying a wild animal had taken the baby, and besides, who had ever heard of a dingo snatching a child. …

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