‘Dingo’s Got My Baby’: Trial by Media | Retro Report | The New York Times

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In 1982, an Australian mother was convicted of murdering her baby daughter. She was later exonerated, but soon fell victim to a joke that distracted the world from the real story.

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Imagine losing your baby and hearing a joke about it on Seinfeld.

Author — Paula Maria

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Wait, so the "forensic experts" couldn't tell the difference between blood and a fruit drink? Where do they find these so called "experts" anyways?

Author — Alois -Booty Shorts- Trancy

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Just saying, if you're not Australian and you meet an Australian do not make a dingo ate my baby joke. It's pretty much the only thing that offends Aussies. It's considered a national tragedy. Just a heads up

Author — average citizen

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How can they say it was fetal blood and then be like, oh nvm it was this and fruit juice....
They owe this woman.

Author — MummyChunks

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Does anyone think the only reason they took so long to change the outcome, was because it would of embarrassed the police, who overturned the original coroners decision?

Author — scurvyswine

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Are you telling me she was separated from her newborn baby and sent to prison when she was innocent? Ugh

Author — Michelle Xie

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That poor baby being eaten alive and suffering so much. Thats what hurts the most.

Author — Shy Sorronna

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a wild animal that is hungry will eat anything that it can easily get, that's just common sense...

Author — Dande Ayee

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What baffles me the most about this case was that people found it so hard to believe a canine could murder an infant. There are hundreds of cases of children being fatally injured by normal domestic dogs every year why was so hard to believe that a wild animal of similar physicality given the opportunity would do the same???

Author — tailsofpearls

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Everytime I hear the joke "a dingo ate the baby" it sickens me. A real child died because of that animal. Not funny.

Author — Tiny To Tall

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whoever made that 'evidence' should be tried for what they manufactured - she was quite literally framed with no evidence at all.

Author — Kevin Miedema

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3:28 When asked why she thinks people jump to these conclusions, she says "perhaps they have nothing else to do." Another instance of her telling the truth.

Author — Paul Bernal

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"A woman is not believed because she doesn't look like the anguished mother, or what we think the anguished mother should look like." This kind of reminds me of the Amanda Knox case. Whether you think she's innocent or not, you can't deny she was found guilty in the the court of public LONG before she was found guilty in the legal one- and that was primarily because she didn't act the way people thought she should act.

I'm on the autism spectrum, so I can have a hard time emoting and making eye contact. I remember listening to my mom and older sister talk while they were watching a documentary about the Knox case. They kept saying they didn't believe her because, "She just acted so weird. Who acts like that?" And I thought, "Dear god, I act 'weird' all the time. If I ever end up within fifty feet of a crime scene, I'm screwed. People are gonna take one look at me and scream 'GUILTY'"!

Author — ginny ledwell

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A dingo could do this. Coyotes, while it's rare, have killed people and have eaten babies that are left lying in the desert.

Author — 2126Eliza

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Domesticated dogs can be dangerous and many times are to the grief of children and parents and you question wild dogs ?

Author — oldtimedrumcorps

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A lot of these facts were falsified on purpose. One of the policemen had been asked earlier to take care of the dingo as this wasn't its first attack. There were many witnesses willing to come forward, but they were ignored, also there was a tracker who verified it was a dingo, but the police got him drunk when he was meant to present in court and his information was considered invalid.
I know this because my mother was in the Northern Territory a year after all this started and the locals were all saying that it was true, that a dingo took her baby.

Author — qaz123456781

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She should have sued the state for everything

Author — mitch mclean

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12:30 people forget that nature is wild and untame. Wild dogs are still wild. Trial by popularity is a tragic and shameful thing.

Author — Capt777harris

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I’m disgusted by how many pop culture shows and such crack jokes referring back to this.

Author — BRK A

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I've heard the use of the line 'dingo-ate-my-baby crazy' in American television and it's honestly really offensive.

Author — William Sage