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‘Nobody wanted the truth’: Lindy Chamberlain recounts horror of night Azaria went missing

It’s been a long journey to justice for Lindy Chamberlain.She was falsely accused of murdering her own baby and spent more than 1000 nights behind bars.Speaking to 2GB’s Ben Fordham, Ms Chamberlain said forgiveness was key to recovering from decades of pain and suffering.“Forgiveness stops you from looking at the past, to stop being angry…

It’s been a long journey to justice for Lindy Chamberlain.

She was falsely accused of murdering her own baby and spent more than 1000 nights behind bars.

Speaking to 2GB’s Ben Fordham, Ms Chamberlain said forgiveness was key to recovering from decades of pain and suffering.

“Forgiveness stops you from looking at the past, to stop being angry about things that have happened and you can’t change and (to stop looking back) … at the people who deliberately did those thing to you,” she said.

“Sometimes we can’t forgive other people, but we can forgive ourselves.”

In a new documentary Ms Chamberlain recounts the panic and chaos on the night her baby Azaria was snatched by a dingo at a campground near Uluru 40 years ago, becoming one of the most talked-about stories in Australian history.

Azaria was never seen again.

That night in 1980 marked the beginning of a nightmare for the Chamberlain family.

Ms Chamberlain spent three years (of her life sentence) behind bars for Azaria’s “murder” before being completely exonerated after a piece of Azaria’s clothing was found near a dingo lair in 1986.

The sentencing was described as “Australia’s most notorious miscarriage of justice”.

Ms Chamberlain famously said it could have happened to anyone.

“Dingoes have historically killed people of all ages, including adults,” she said.

“Lots of Aboriginal Australians had been killed by dingoes before then.”

When asked why it took so long for crucial evidence to come to light that would inevitably free her from her jail cell, the mother said nobody wanted to know the truth.

“I don’t think anyone wanted it to come to light apart from us,” she said.

Ms Chamberlain said it was still an ongoing struggle to reconcile public reaction, but older Australians who understood what animals like dingoes could do, as well as “thinking Australians”, were on her side.

The first part of the two-part documentary Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story premiered on Sunday on Network 10, where Ms Chamberlain and her family shared their side of the story.

It’s narrated by Sam Neill, who played Azaria’s father Michael in the 1988 film Evil Angels about the case.

The documentary includes exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses, media, high court judges and family friends, “giving viewers the complete story from start to finish”.

Part two airs at 7.30pm on Monday.

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