DARWIN, Australia (CBS) -- It's been 32-years; the most famous legal battle in Australian history. Jail time, a broken marriage, and a divided nation. Now, the file has finally been 'closed' on the Azaria Chamberlain case.
A Darwin Coroner has accepted that a dingo did kill the nine week old baby. She also tearfully sympathized with the Chamberlain family.
They arrived at court separately one final time, Lindy with son Aiden by her side. In court Lindy and Michael sat together, their new families giving support. For more than thirty years they've been waiting.
Then finally, what they'd always known about Azaria. Coroner Elizabeth Morris says, "The cause of her death was as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo."
With her voice breaking coroner Elizabeth Morris offered this, "Please accept my sincere sympathy on the death of your lovely daughter and sister Azaria."
She told them a new death certificate was ready. The applause was spontaneous. Lindy reached for her son, hugging him, weeping. He was six at the time. She then hugged her lawyer and finally her former husband. Divided by grief, but reunited briefly once more.
As they emerged the full impact hit; a legal saga which took too long. The family then made the short walk around here to the Births, Deaths, and Marriages Offices to pick up that death certificate that will now say a dingo took Azaria.
For Mr. Chamberlain who wept several times throughout, a sense of the legal difficulties they had faced. He says, "This battle has been a terrifying battle. Bitter at times but now, some healing."
And a chance to finally put Azaria to rest.