It’s Taken 32 Years, But a Coroner Has Finally Determined That a Dingo Really Did Eat That Baby:
Back in 1980, a nine-week-old baby named Azaria Chamberlain disappeared from a campsite in Australia. Her mother, Lindy, claimed a DINGO took her. If you don’t know, a dingo is a wild dog that’s indigenous to Australia.
—Even if you’ve never heard the story, you probably recognize the catchphrase that sprang from it: A DINGO ATE MY BABY. (—The line wasn’t actually in the Meryl Streep movie “A Cry in the Dark”, but a “Seinfeld” episode made it famous.)
—Anyway, it’s taken 32 years, but FINALLY a coroner has determined that … yes, a dingo really DID eat that baby. Early this morning in Australia, the coroner told a courtroom that they’re 100% sure a dingo was responsible for the death.
—Lindy was actually convicted of murdering her daughter in 1982, but the conviction was overturned in 1988 when some of Azaria’s clothing was found near a dingo lair right by the campsite. Still, questions have always lingered.
—This is the fourth examination into the death, and the first time the coroner’s office could definitively say Azaria was killed by a dingo. They say new evidence of 11 other serious dingo attacks in the area is what finally convinced them. (Sydney Morning Herald)