June 12th, 2012

standing

On Lindy: Dingoes, demons and guilt

A coroner finds a dingo took Azaria Chamberlain. That's not exactly news. Other coronial inquiries have found her innocent too. This one was meant to settle the issue of how Azaria died once and for all. It won't of course. Even decades after Lindy (the mother) dies, ignorant people will still spew the same nonsense, like, "Why was baby blood found in their car?" Easily answered though: "It wasn't. It was conclusively proven that the forensic evidence at the time was in error." That's a fact, but it doesn't matter. People are going to keep believing that, no matter what. Another example of how belief trumps facts. I don't know why it upsets me so much. I should just leave people to their fantasies. But a horrible tragedy befell that mother and the victim gets demonised for it. Is that fair? The exact same thing happened to Joanne Lees. Even I thought her guilty for a while. Maybe I'm trying to expurgate my guilt over my error? I don't know. Maybe I'm scared the same thing could happen to me one day, and I'll be thought a killer by many people for the rest of my life, no matter how conclusively I am exonerated.

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