Tens of thousands of hours of audio and video was recorded of the Chamberlains,
and people involved in the case. I have selected a few of interest.
Listen to one of the first news reports about Azaria. (1:23 mins.)
News of start of the Chamberlain trial. (2:58 mins.)
After the Royal Commission determined that the Chamberlains were innocent,
Lindy was asked why the legal process had taken so long. This was her
reply. (49 secs.)
After the Royal Commission determined that the Chamberlains
were innocent, the Northern Territory government offered them a pardon.
Lindy could not accept that offer, and fought to have their convictions
quashed - wiped from the record books. Here she tells how she sees the
difference between a pardon, and quashing of the convictions. (39 secs.)
After the Chamberlains had their convictions quashed,
and were returned to their original legal status of innocence, they applied
for compensation for their ordeal. At the time Azaria disappeared, through
the trial, and during part of Lindy's imprisonment Paul Everingham was
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. Here is an excerpt from an interview
he did regarding compensation. (15 secs.)
Something to consider: This
interview was after the film Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark)
had been released. The Chamberlains did not get paid for the film rights
to that movie. Those were the rights purchased from John Bryson, author
of the book Evil Angels. To that date, they had done some paid
interviews, and Lindy's book was near release. But as any author will
tell you, unless you are really big, the author is not the one who makes
money from a book, though it has helped to set the record straight. There
is no question that for the Chamberlains life was changed, though perhaps
'opportunities' was not the best description. They were so well known
that Lindy had found it impossible to get a job. She could sell the infrequent
interview, and try her best to invest for her future and support her children.
Interviews are nothing you can budget on, and she had lost the chance
to be an ordinary person, doing what she loved most. But millionaires?
A very far cry from that. That seed in people's minds persists today however.
Even if it were true, what a horrible way to get it. Such comments can
be seen to trivialise the anguish of being falsely accused, imprisonment,
being separated from her children during their most significant years,
and being forced to prove her innocence. Nothing can compensate for that.
Marshall Perron was Attorney General for the Northern
Territory government when Azaria's matinee jacket was found; he later
became Chief Minister. It was he who announced Lindy's release from prison,
and the establishment of a Royal Commission into the convictions. He also
said that it was the intention that Lindy would not return to prison,
regardless of the outcome. He was interviewed in July 2005 about a wide
range of topics. Here you can listen to the portion related to the Chamberlains.