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#801467 - Tue Jun 12 2012 02:12 AM The Dingo did it.
mountaingoat Offline

Registered: Fri Jun 22 2007
Posts: 390
Loc: Blue Mountains NSW Australia
A 4th Inquest in 32 years today found that a dingo did kill Azaria, and Lindy and Michael Chamberlain did nothing wrong. This ends one of the most tragic and disgusting events in Australias history. The media, public and Northern Territory Police conducted one of the worst witch hunts in history. There was a prejudice because Lindy was a very stony faced person and did not grieve in an acceptable way. The fact that people all grieve in different ways was lost on people. They also were Seventh Day Adventists and Michael was a Pastor. Rumours went around saying Azaria meant "Sacrifice in the Wild." The trash press went on a feeding frenzy.
I once passed them near the Supreme Court in Sydney as they were being chased by the press. The hounded look on their faces is still clear to me.
I hope the lesson we can all learn from this is to not get caught up in these witch hunts and withhold judgement. The need to vilify others and pull them down seems to be a savage sport a lot of us indulge in and I hope in future we can all be a bit more thoughtful and compassionate.

#801471 - Tue Jun 12 2012 02:50 AM Re: The Dingo did it.
MikeMaster99 Offline

Registered: Sun Oct 23 2011
Posts: 507
Loc: Melbourne VIC Australia      
I agree totally with your sentiments mountaingoat. I remember the early frenzy. I actually use this case as a graphic example to chemistry students about the dangers of botched (and badly botched!) "evidence".

#801474 - Tue Jun 12 2012 04:21 AM Re: The Dingo did it.
playmate1111 Offline
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Registered: Fri Jan 15 2010
Posts: 160
Loc: South Africa
I'll second both of your views. How the media, public and police who were involved sleep at night, I will never know. There should be some way that these people are punished for their part in this farce which pulled a family apart!
"Never look down on anyone, unless you are helping them up"

#801480 - Tue Jun 12 2012 05:12 AM Re: The Dingo did it.
Chavs Offline

Registered: Fri Jul 15 2011
Posts: 1125
Loc: Ireland
I'll third all that.

It's a good day for justice. Finally.

#801493 - Tue Jun 12 2012 06:24 AM Re: The Dingo did it.
sue943 Online   content

Registered: Sun Dec 19 1999
Posts: 36835
Loc: Jersey
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I hope that she got compensation for false imprisonment and damages.
Many a child has been spoiled because you can't spank a Grandma!

#801515 - Tue Jun 12 2012 06:55 AM Re: The Dingo did it.
Christinap Offline

Registered: Sun Jul 27 2008
Posts: 1700
Loc: Essex UK
I've been watching a report on this on our lunchtime news. I am so glad that, at last, this family has justice. No amount of money can give them back their daughter or give them back the time it has taken to finally completely and absolutely clear them of any involvment in their daughter's death, BUT, they can look the world in the face with official exoneration, and I got the impression that meant so much to them.

#801540 - Tue Jun 12 2012 08:23 AM Re: The Dingo did it.
ren33 Offline

Registered: Thu Sep 30 1999
Posts: 12145
Loc: Kowloon Tong  Hong Kong      
Poor soul too! I am glad she got exonerated, though whether that makes up for her awful treatment, we won't know.
Wandering aimlessly through FT since 1999.

#801542 - Tue Jun 12 2012 08:35 AM Re: The Dingo did it.
mountaingoat Offline

Registered: Fri Jun 22 2007
Posts: 390
Loc: Blue Mountains NSW Australia
They got some millions I think when she was released from jail after the baby dinner jacket was found at Uluru.

#801566 - Tue Jun 12 2012 12:27 PM Re: The Dingo did it.
dg_dave Online   sleepy
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Registered: Sun Oct 05 2003
Posts: 22309
Loc: near Stafford, Virginia USA  
I am glad they were exonerated as well. It reminds me of a news story that happened in June 1996 here in Dallas, but that one had a far different ending.

May Azaria, after 32 long years, finally rest in peace.
The way to get things done is NOT to mind who gets the credit for doing them. --Benjamin Jowett
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. --Eleanor Roosevelt
The day we lose our will to fight is the day we lose our freedom.

#801612 - Tue Jun 12 2012 04:55 PM Re: The Dingo did it.
ladymacb29 Offline

Registered: Wed Mar 15 2000
Posts: 15754
Loc: The Delta Quadrant
I'm mainly glad that the parents now have a body to bury...
"Without the darkness, how would we see the light?" ~ Tuvok

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