7News Spotlight: The Lindy Tapes

Seven is teasing new evidence in the Azaria Chamberlain case as part of its 7News Spotlight: The Lindy Tapes special.

The newly-formed Spotlight investigations division, led by Mark Llewellyn and Denham Hitchcock, will feature various reporters. The series, which will have no permanent timeslot, will focus on major breaking news events as well as long-form investigations.

Denham Hitchcock said, “It may be late, but the truth always finds its way out. Finally, broadcast for the first time, the hard evidence the police at the centre of this original investigation were hell bent on locking up Lindy Chamberlain for life. Over a period of months our 7NEWS Spotlight team has tracked down the witnesses who have stayed silent for all these years, and uncovered shocking unseen camera tapes buried deep in the Channel Seven vault.”

Network Director of News and Public Affairs Craig McPherson added: “What Denham brings to the screen is an in-depth investigation into the Chamberlain injustice that has never been uncovered until now. Pouring over 80 hours of tapes from the time. The police interviews, secret recordings. News strands of evidence from all over Australia and more significantly the Spotlight is told through the eyes of the police as tainted as they were.”

‘A dingo’s got my baby’. Five words that will forever divide a nation. The tragic death of a baby girl in outback Australia that at one point in time became a T-Shirt slogan, a punchline.

The trial one of the most publicised in our history.

Ask most Australians and they’ll tell you they know everything there is to about the Azaria Chamberlain case.

They don’t.

Incredibly, crucial parts of this story remain untold.

Now, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of baby Azaria’s disappearance and the greatest miscarriage of justice in Australian criminal history, a major investigation from the 7NEWS Spotlight team unearths the secret police tape recordings never broadcast.

Hours upon hours of interviews and conversations that detail the elaborate plot by police to find an innocent, grieving mother guilty of murder.

And for the first time we hear from multiple key witnesses who came forward at the time but were turned away by police – their testimony ignored.

Sunday 16 August at 8.30pm on Seven.


  1. Maev....Sydney

    Leave these people alone…they have been through enough….
    Their children are now grown and probably have still have issues and grand children?…
    This is so wrong on any level 😡

  2. > the elaborate plot by police to find an innocent, grieving mother guilty of murder. <

    Given the choice of 'elaborate plot' or 'plain stupid' always choose plain stupid. No body, no weapon, no motive = no murder.

      • Some of the forensic evidence presented at trial by Joy Kuhl was totally flawed….red spray paint mistaken for baby’s blood for example. Lindy was convicted on the back of the incorrect evidence, and Ms Kuhl destroyed some evidence before the appeal was heard. I am suggesting, as many legal experts did at the time, that Joy Kuhl was incompetent, and perhaps her forensic work on the Falconio/Murdoch case was also flawed ? Ms Kuhl has since passed away.

  3. No new evidence in the case at all. Reading a handful of books shows police were all about the conviction because they couldn’t prove either way and wanted a conviction for public appeasement

  4. I found Denham’s intimidating and self-gratifying style to be stomach churning during his ruby princess special, made me sympathise with the people he was trying to vilify. Surprised he hasn’t faced charges for impersonating a govt organisation to get information off the ships staff.

    Hope he is toned down in any future specials.

  5. Unfortunately it is a case of crying wolf. The Peter Falconio & Joanna Lees News Special, failed to present new evidence as advertised. So I will take these promos with a pinch of salt (most promos are misleading anyway and the surge in True-crime news specials and associated claims will no doubt be the same!)

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