Recently the jury notes from the trial of Lindy Chamberlain which found her guilty were accidentally released.
I must confess that I was under the impression from the rumours I heard from a policeman friend of the family (from what he'd heard from other police men on the case), that there was something suspicious about this case.
My opinion of this case changed quite early in the piece when I not only realised that the source of the rumours I had heard was not reliable, and when I found out that the police investigation wasn't thorough. The police didn't interview all the witnesses, they didn't search all the places where dingoes lived around the rock for evidence like teeth and bones. I recalled stories my father told me of dingoes in the Northern Territory entering his campsite at night and stealing food, leaving footprints all around their swags where they were sleeping. One night I believe he woke and a dingo was licking his fingers, he feigned sleep until the dingo moved away.
It is quite common in history for aboriginal babies and small children to be taken by dingoes, these attacks were not talked about by aborigines and probably in many cases any authorities were not interested.
I read Lindy Chamberlain's book, Through My Eyes, many years ago and I understood what her life was like with Michael and the boys and the stigma of the gaol time she served. There are still many people who believe that Lindy, Michael, or one of their sons murdered Azaria.
Lindy didn't behave as many people thought she should have, she showed no emotion - but that was just the way that she was, she had her faith to keep her strong. Lindy didn't want people to see her pain, her weakness. (Note: many people also thought that Joanne Lees somehow was involved with the disappearance of Peter Falconio because she didn't behave in a certain way for the media.)
I hope one day that something is found which will remove all doubt from the minds of those who still disbelieve the Chamberlains story.
Clinton Gage, nine, was mauled to death by a dingo on Fraser Island in March 2001. This is the event which I point to when people say that a dingo couldn't take a baby. Dingos kill and eat baby goats, they attack sheep and cattle. The linked article accessed by Fraser Island covers several maulings by dingoes.
People don't realise that dingoes are wild animals and quite capable of killing a human.