After 30 years of silence, and on the eve of the verdict of a Fourth Inquest, Michael Chamberlain writes his own account of the death of his baby daughter Azaria Chamberlain in a heart-wrenching and compelling book. Never before has Michael Chamberlain spoken about this tragic event and the release comprises a number of picture sections with exclusive unreleased family images. The story of the Chamberlains has been the one subject that has divided many a dinner party throughout Australia and the world.
They were a young family who loved the outdoors. When they took their two young children and baby to Ayers Rock they never knew their lives would be forever changed. Tragedy struck when a dingo forced its way into the tent and dragged their daughter Azaria to its lair. 'That dingo's got my baby!'. That 'cry in the dark' on 17 August, 1980 of her mother Lindy Chamberlain remains imprinted in the world's mind.
In Heart of Stone Michael takes the reader back to the place where it all began - Ayers Rock (before it was also named Uluru) . In a detailed, methodical and emotional account he writes of all tragic moment when Lindy heard the 'cry in the dark' and the discovery of the empty baby's bed. Michael describes that long night - with Aboriginal trackers springing to their aid to search, and the head ranger who had agonized for three months previous about the troublesome dingoes in the camping areas.
He describes in detail the heartache of the first inquest at Ayers Rock - the first to be broadcast live - which declared that the dingo had taken the baby, and then the turnaround, when he and his wife were charged with suspected murder.
Michael describes his life in the painful and horrendous lead up to the arrest and persecution of his wife Lindy and her wrongful imprisonment for the murder of her own child in the 'trial of the century'. He takes the reader through their ordeal of the following inquests, the tragic breakup of their marriage. When an English tourist fell off the rock the search led to the discovery of the 'matinee jacket' in a dingo lair. The news led to Lindy's release 'on compassionate grounds' and yet another inquiry.
All of these events are described, as Michael lived in the unrelenting glare of the media, whose opinion and fostering of rumours added to the impression of the public of Michael and his family. There were unfounded rumours, for example, that Azaria meant 'sacrifice in the desert' when it actually means 'blessed'. Questions over Michael's reluctance to cry in public, or his reserved nature were taken to mean he was hiding the truth.
Michael's own determination for justice has led to a fourth inquest in the Northern Territory of Australian into the death of Azaria.
"This book is about getting justice for a family, full circle. It is about the impossible mission driven this time by me, against all odds; to open the fourth inquest and the truth, backed by the law, declaring that a dingo killed Azaria."
While Lindy has published her own book, with a TV mini series based on that, John Bryson has written Evil Angels and Meryl Streep starred in Cry in the Dark, this book is a missing link in the story of Azaria, written in his own hand by her father
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Michael describes his life in the painful and horrendous lead up to the arrest and persecution of his wife Lindy and her wrongful imprisonment for the murder of her own child in the "trial of the century".
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Very revealing. Exposes certain NT decision - makers who really should have acted with far more integrity, and have thus far remained free from appropriate censure. The white elephant is still in the room. No-one was effectively guarding the guards. NT Police practises in this case suffered from an abysmal lack of objectivity and professionalism, and have left a taint on investigations everywhere. They did manage to concoct instead, the best fraud squad in the country - and from overseas. For the sake of a few denied packets of bullets, as requested of the relevant NT government dept by the Rock's Head Ranger in order to apply 'duty of care' by culling some of the more troublesome local canines, the govt then had to outlay millions of taxpayer dollars in futile legal fees. In anyone's language, that is false economy. Accountability has been lacking in spades, and the public demands far better. Shame on the Territory for carrying out this undeclared war against law-abiding citizens and creating so much collateral damage. Talk about getting clobbered by friendly fire..........
|The First Wave: The Trial of The Century||p. 17|
|Annus Horribilis||p. 19|
|A Cry in the Dark||p. 29|
|The Fifth Column||p. 41|
|First Inquest, First Shocks||p. 52|
|Into A Darker Valley||p. 65|
|The Second Inquest: Trial By Ambush||p. 83|
|The Trial of The Century||p. 96|
|Collateral Damage||p. 105|
|Guilty As Charged?||p. 123|
|The Second Wave: Towards A Royal Commission||p. 133|
|Unto Us Another Daughter is Given||p. 134|
|The End of the Line?||p. 149|
|One Last Chance?||p. 157|
|The High Court Decides||p. 169|
|The Reconnaissance Mission||p. 189|
|Parliamentary 'Privilege' And the Case for an Inquiry||p. 212|
|Darwin Under Siege||p. 225|
|An Ayers Rock Shock||p. 239|
|The Third Wave: The Royal Commission||p. 247|
|The Homecoming||p. 248|
|The Fight for a Royal Commission||p. 254|
|The Media Circus Pays Us to Get It Right||p. 261|
|The Royal Commission Opens: The Aboriginals' Day in Court||p. 281|
|Forensic Evidence Feels the Dingo's Breath||p. 293|
|The Morling Royal Commission Report||p. 307|
|The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly||p. 329|
|The Fourth Wave: Confession Time||p. 351|
|Evil Angels: the Film||p. 352|
|The Third Inquest Whitewash||p. 367|
|An Opera and TV Miniseries||p. 384|
|More Dingo Attacks on Children||p. 390|
|The Fraser Island Disaster||p. 396|
|My Fight for a Fourth Inquest||p. 404|
|Justice for Azaria||p. 418|
|Timeline of Main Events||p. 425|
|Court Trial Transcripts||p. 427|
|Glossary of Main People and Terms||p. 429|
|About the Author||p. 439|
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Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 1st July 2012
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.3 x 4.2
Weight (kg): 0.87