You can listen to Dennis and Judi talking about the ‘dingo ate my baby’ line below. Listeners were quick to point out that Meryl Streep played Lindy Chamberlain in the 1988 movie ‘ A Cry in the Dark ‘. See the trailer below. Chamberlain actually spent three years in jail for the murder of her two-month-old daughter.
Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) says , “The dingo ate your baby .” This is a reference to the Australian film, A Cry in the Dark (1988) in which an Australian woman, Lindy Chamberlain Creighton, was accused of murdering her baby .
After a second inquest, it was determined that evidence like “infant bloodin the Chamberlains’ car, in a camera bag in the car, on a pair of scissors, and elsewhere,” as well as “the bloodied handprint of a small adult on Azaria’s jumpsuit” suggested that Lindy Chamberlain had cut her own daughter’s throat, then
“A Cry in the Dark ” is a masterful piece of cinema, haunting, and incredibly though provoking. The true story of Lindy Chamberland, who, in 1980, witnessed a horrific sight, seeing her 3-month-old baby being brutally taken from their family’s tent, while camping on the Austrailian outback.
So are there any conclusive reports of dingoes eating babies ? Yes. While Australians have known for years that dingoes can savagely attack calves and sheep, the Chamberlains’ story about a dingo stealing their baby seemed a bit farfetched in 1980. Since then, though, there have been tragic examples of dingo attacks.
At a fourth inquest held on 12 June 2012, Coroner Elizabeth Morris delivered her findings that Azaria Chamberlain had been taken and killed by a dingo . Death of Azaria Chamberlain.
|Azaria and her mother, Lindy|
|Date||17 August 1980|
|Outcome||Legally dead, 12 June 2012|
|Suspects||Lindy (murder) Michael (accessory)|
In the scale of things, such attacks are very uncommon – although that is little consolation to the victim. Australia’s dingoes are no exception; despite some infamous examples, dingo attacks on humans are mercifully rare.
Unless you’re a farmer, dingoes don’t generally pose a threat to humans. Dingoes have evolved to develop a “flight over fight” temperament, and generally shy away from humans. Dingoes rarely show aggression toward or attack humans or creatures larger than themselves.
Joy Kuhl . Unable to shake off the tag of being the forensic scientist who sent Lindy Chamberlain to jail, she resigned from the NSW Health Commission’s forensic division a year after the murder trial.
The dingo (Canis familiaris, Canis familiaris dingo , Canis dingo , or Canis lupus dingo ) is a dog found in Australia. Its taxonomic classification is debated. It is a medium-sized canine that possesses a lean, hardy body adapted for speed, agility, and stamina.
The dingo has a very powerful jaw pushing at about 1500 pounds of bite force.
Azaria’s body was never found . In the aftermath, an inquest accepted Lindy and Michael’s version of events, but law enforcement officials decided they did not. At the time, dingoes were not generally seen as dangerous, and the Chamberlains’ story was not widely believed.