It seems that the strange case of baby Azaria Chamberlain, who disappeared at Uluru (Ayre’s Rock) in 1980, has finally been resolved.
Coroner Elizabeth Morris said that baby Azaria’s death was “the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo.”
Azaria’s mother, Lindy Chamberlain, was convicted of her murder on 29th October 1982 and sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour. Michael Chamberlain, Azaria’s father, was found guilty as an accessory after the fact and was given an 18-month suspended sentence.
It wasn’t until 15th September 1988 that the Northern Territory Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously overturned all convictions against Lindy and Michael Chamberlain. In 1990 the Chamberlains were awarded A$1.3 million in compensation for wrongful imprisonment.
Picture of a Basking shark from Harper's Weekly October 24, 1868
On October 24, 1868, Harper’s Weekly published the above image of what it described as a “wonderful fish”. It is now widely believed that the animal Harper’s Weekly was depicting was a Basking Shark. It is a bit odd that a Basking Shark would have been drawn with legs and paws, creative licence on the part of the artist and Harper’s Weekly? Or could this creature have been something else entirely?