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Forensic Case Study #2 - The Azaria Chamberlain Case
Transcript of Forensic Case Study #2 - The Azaria Chamberlain Case
September 10, 2012 Azaria Chamberlain Case Introduction of Case Evidence of Case Hypothesis of the Crime The investigation started with the scouring of the crime scene and surrounding areas. Then the family was questioned. A dingo was to blame for the disapperance. Although later evidence raised suspicion on the original verdict. The new evidence raised ideas of a possible homocide. The new suspicion and evidence led to the inditement of Azaria's mother. Further investigation provided reasonable doubt so Lindy Chamberlain was released . Finally decades later the final ruling was death by a dingo. Procedure of Crime Investigation Results of the Crime Investigation The case involves the disappearance of a 10 week old baby. It was concluded the baby was taken by a dingo. Evidence at the scene raised suspicion to conclude otherwise. It was proposed that a dingo was the cause of baby Azaria's disappearance & death. Conclusion of the Case The saga reached far beyond Australia when it inspired “Cry in the Dark,” a 1988 movie starring Meryl Streep. And as popular culture transmuted tragedy into morbid comedy, a misquote from the movie, “A dingo ate my baby!,” caught on, popping up in “Seinfeld,” “The Simpsons” and other shows.
Now the Chamberlain case, and dingoes themselves, are back in the spotlight. On Feb. 24, testimony ended in the fourth coroner’s inquest on Azaria’s death, and the office of the Northern Territory coroner, which held the inquest, said a ruling would be handed down within the next two months. This time, the Chamberlain family hopes that the coroner will conclude, once and for all, that a dingo killed Azaria.
The reason the whole story became so well known, of course, was that in reality it has remained unclear whether the dingo did it. And over the ensuing decades, the human drama and the figure of the dingo, Australia’s enigmatic wild dog, have become entangled. Like the wolf in America, the dingo is a symbol that may mean one thing to hunters or sheep ranchers and another to scientists and nature lovers.
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