It’s one of the most infamous cases in Australian history: That of the tale of 9-week-old baby Azaria Chamberlain being snatched by a dingo and killed.
The case courted controversy and disbelief, and Azaria’s mom Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton was convicted but later cleared of murder.
Today, 30 years later, the case is finally closed after a coroner ruled Tuesday that a dingo was responsible after all.
Chamberlain at the time, told police that she saw the wild dog holding her baby in its mouth as it ran out of their tent.
The encounter in the Australian outback during a family camping trip has had a devastating impact, with Chamerblain’s then husband going on to divorce her; she gave birth to her fourth child, Kahlia, on November 17, 1982, in prison; and her story went on to become the premise of a Hollywood movie.
A point of parody in Hollywood, where “the dingo’s got my baby” was cried by Meryl Streep in the 1988 true-crime thrillerA Cry in the Dark – and then later on Family Guy and Seinfeld.
“The cause of her death was as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo,” Elizabeth Morris, coroner for Northern Territory, said to the Darwin Magistrates court, reports CNN. “Dingos can and do cause harm to humans.”
Chamberlain-Creighton said she was “relieved and delighted” about the ruling, which means “no longer will Australia be able to say that dingos are not dangerous.”
Sometimes perhaps, even the most extraordinary of stories may hold some truth….. and this turns out to be one of them.