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Lindy Chamberlain: 32 Years of Torment

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 12 June 2013

On August 17th 1980, a baby called Azaria Chamberlain disappeared from her parents' tent in Ayers Rock, Australia. There were four inquests and the baby's mother - Lindy Chamberlain - was wrongly convicted of killing the baby. Last year, a coroner ruled for the final time that a dingo was responsible for Azaria's death. Lindy Chamberlain talks about her 32 year battle to clear her name.

Matthew Bannister also hears from the Canadian-Korean documentary maker Ann Shin. While undercover, she filmed a group of North Korean defectors who risked imprisonment or death, as they tried to escape across the border into China.

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Image: Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton
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