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Tue, Jun. 12th, 2012, 10:00 pm
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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Tue, Jun. 12th, 2012 12:11 pm (UTC)

False accusations stay with people. I remember an incident from way back when I was at school over an issue of no consequence in the grand scheme of things. But my innocence not being believed by those who were supposed to love me above all else made me sceptical about the whole justice process, and very slow to condemn people found "guilty" of anything. It has marked me as an individual.

Sat, Jul. 14th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)

Don't feel so bad about it. I thought the McCanns were responsible for their daughter Madeleine disappearing, but as the years have gone on (and the case remains unsolved), I feel guilty for blaming them as much as I did. They shouldn't have to be made to pay such a high price for a moment of carelessness that anyone is capable of.