After 32 years, coroner Elizabeth Morris has finally determined that little Azaria Chamberlain was indeed taken and killed by a dingo during a family vacation at Australia’s Ayers Rock.
The cause of her death was as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo. Dingos can and do cause harm to humans.
So, yes, mystery solved. All it took was three decades to conclusively prove … exactly what the baby’s mother said from the get-go.
Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton always stuck by her dingo story, despite public disbelief. She was subject to a high-profile trial and eventually convicted of Azaria’s murder — but that was overturned.
In a press conference, Chamberlain-Creighton expressed her gratitude over the verdict.
We’re relieved and delighted to come to the end of this saga. And I’d like to thank [my solicitor Stuart] Tipple, without whose strength and tenacity and unrelenting persistence, we would not have been able to fight so hard and so long.
But the case is most famous for the film A Cry in the Dark, in which Meryl Streep played Lindy. She earned an Oscar nomination, and made “A dingo ate my baby!” a household phrase. Or, OK, at least something weird you could say out of context.
Here’s a trailer for the 1988 film. No word yet on whether or not Streep is down for a sequel.
It has been pointed out that the original phrase is, “A dingo’s got my baby.” “A dingo ate my baby” is from Seinfeld, because so many great things are.
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