All of the facts and lies behind the death of Azaria Chamberlain and the gaoling of Lindy Chamberlain will be exposed in a new Seven Studios documentary podcast, A Perfect Storm.
The case that grabbed global attention for the unusual circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a nine-week-old baby transpired into a ‘trial by media’ that saw Lindy vilified then imprisoned, and a nation divided.
A Perfect Storm will take listeners through the most shocking example of a miscarriage of justice and criminal coverups this country has ever seen, revealing stunning truths, including;
- The baby’s body was found and moved.
- Key evidence including blood tests were destroyed.
- A British tourist’s gruesome death actually led to the discovery of the missing matinée jacket.
Producer and host, John Buck spent close to a year reviewing evidence, tracking down recordings, interviewing witnesses, judges and former police to ensure, that this time, no stone was left unturned.
“I think we are finally in a position to reveal what happened on the night of baby Azaria’s death and what went so horribly wrong in the days, months and years that followed. I really think people will be shocked with what they hear, because everyone thinks they know the story – and they don’t.”
“Most people don’t know the baby’s body was found and moved. Most don’t know about the destruction of key blood tests or the British tourist’s gruesome death that led to the missing matinee jacket being found,” John explains.
There are two major breakthroughs that will be revealed in the podcast’s first few weeks.
“I managed to gain access to secret police recordings and when sitting down in a secure facility to listen to the tapes I thought I had already heard the worst of this story but I suddenly realised that I had only just scratched the surface. The police tapes let you listen in on the investigation as it unfolds, and you will not believe what is said out aloud,” John reveals.
Imperative to telling the story in its entirety was key eyewitness Sally Shaw coming forward and breaking her silence after close to four decades. Sally was camping with the Chamberlains on the night of Azaria’s disappearance and heard the baby’s cry, and Lindy’s scream in terror – “a dingo’s got my baby”.
John explains, “Sally trusted us enough to sit down and speak about how she, as a pregnant woman, was ‘verballed’ or bullied in a police interview that took five hours.”
Shaw explains the grueling process of being a witness for the Crown and then through tears, she relives the tragedy of Azaria’s death. And of visiting, then leaving Lindy in prison.
A Perfect Storm has been launched in partnership with Acast, the world’s largest podcast company, who will host and distribute the podcast to a local and global listenership.
Content Director at Acast, Guy Scott-Wilson, says “Audio continues to provide an exciting new home for investigative journalism, with the format providing space for the stories to develop in a way rarely seen in traditional media. Documentary-style podcasts like A Perfect Storm, are attracting huge listener numbers all over the world, and forcing people to reconsider what they think they know about high profile cases.”
The first episode of A Perfect Storm is now available on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all other platforms.