Seventh Day Adventist Lindy Chamberlain, a member of a Protestant sect that preaches the imminent return of Christ to Earth (originally expecting the Second Coming in 1844) and observes Saturday as the sabbath, had been camping near Ayers Rock with her family when she claimed that nine-week-old Azaria was snatched by a dingo.
The initial inquiry supported the Chamberlains’ account of Azaria’s disappearance, finding a dingo took the child.
At the second inquest.
Lindy and Michael Chamberlain were charged with her murder.
Lindy was sentenced to life imprisonment and Michael was found guilty of being an accessory after the fact, but released so he could raise their 2 boys.
After all legal options had been exhausted, the chance discovery in 1986 of a piece of Azaria’s clothing in an area full of dingo lairs led to Lindy Chamberlain’s release from prison, on
On 15 September 1988, the Northern Territory Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously overturned all convictions against Lindy and Michael Chamberlain.
Third inquest was conducted in 1995, which resulted in an “open” finding.
The fourth inquest held on 12 June 2012, Coroner Elizabeth Morris delivered her findings.