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Series Final, Trial in the Outback: The Lindy Chamberlain Story, 31 March 2024, W

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The third and final episode of the revealing true crime documentary series, Trial in the Outback: The Lindy Chamberlain Story, airing on Sunday 31 March 2024 at 10:00pm on W. In this episode, the focus is on the aftermath of infamous 1980 trial of Lindy Chamberlain, who was accused of murdering her nine-week-old baby, Azaria, while on a family camping trip to Uluru (Ayers Rock). The episode title refers to the shocking claim that Chamberlain, a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was seeking to sacrifice her infant as part of a bizarre religious ritual.

On 17 August 1980, Chamberlain reported that Azaria had been taken from the family tent by a dingo. A massive search ensued, but the baby’s body was never found. Chamberlain’s story was met with scepticism, and an initial inquiry found her guilty of murder. Despite there being no clear evidence, murder weapon, motive, or confessions, Chamberlain was sentenced to life in prison in October 1982. The trial captivated the public and attracted intense media scrutiny, with Chamberlain’s every move dissectioned. She was often portrayed as an unfeeling mother, not behaving as society expected in the aftermath of her daughter’s death. The media circus around the case was unprecedented in Australia, fuelling speculation and rumour.

Three years later, Chamberlain’s conviction was thrown into doubt after Azaria’s matinee jacket was found near a dingo lair. In February 1986, Chamberlain was released from prison, and a judicial inquiry followed. This resulted in the overturning of Chamberlain’s conviction and official exoneration in September 1988. Chamberlain received $1.3 million in compensation from the Australian government for her wrongful imprisonment in 1992.

The episode also delves into the impact of media bias and public opinion on the case, exploring how Chamberlain became the focus of an intense witch hunt. The public nature of the case and its impact on Chamberlain’s life demonstrate the power of public perception and the damage that can be caused by speculative media coverage.

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This fascinating insight into a case that has captured the attention of Australians for over four decades is not to be missed.


Isabelle aka Izzy Jacobs is the UK previews specialist at memorabletv.com. Isabelle is particularly drawn to crime dramas, but she also has a not so secret love for all things reality TV. In addition to her work at memorabletv.com, Isabelle is also an avid traveler and a devoted foodie.

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