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Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton is best known for the highly publicized case surrounding the 1980 disappearance of her daughter Azaria, in the Northern Territory of Australia.
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On October 21, 1987, the Chamberlains were released from prison, and Lindy's life sentence was remitted. In 1992, the Chamberlains received compensation by the Northern Territory government for wrongful imprisonment.
The Chamberlain trial is arguably the most publicized trial in Australian history. The case divided Australians between those who believed her innocence, and those who believed she had in fact committed murder. The claim that a dingo had taken the child was greeted with significant skepticism, as they were not regarded by most Australians to be a dangerous species. The claim led to numerous rumors, jokes and cartoons, and it is speculated that the press sensationalized many aspects of the case.
In 1988, actress Meryl Streep portrayed Lindy in the film A Cry in the Dark. The film chronicled the events of the disappearance, and Lindy and Michael's fight to prove their innocence. Streep's famous line, "The dingo took my baby," became widely used in pop culture. The film was nominated for several Golden Globes Awards, and Streep landed the Academy Award for Best Actress for her powerful performance.
On June 12, 2012, closure was brought to the case when an Australian coroner made a final ruling that a dingo had taken baby Aazaria from the campsite that evening, and was in fact responsible for her death. Lindy, relieved to find closure stated, "No longer will Australians be able to say dingoes are not dangerous, and will not attack unless provoked … We love this beautiful country, but it is dangerous." She added, ''We would ask all Australians to be aware of this and take appropriate actions, and not wait for somebody else to do it for them.''
After divorcing Michael in 1991, Lindy married American publisher Rick Creighton. The two now live in Australia. In 1990, Lindy published her autobiography, Through My Eyes: The Autobiography of Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton.
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