Lead: In August 1980 nine-week old Azaria Chamberlain disappeared from the family camping tent near Ayers Rock in central Australia. Her parents became the center of a firestorm of hype demonstrating the power of the popular media for good or ill.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content:  Ridiculous rumors were rife. The name Azaria, people said, meant sacrifice in the wilderness. The child had been seen in black baby clothing, or maybe white baby clothes with a black fringe. She had been mentally injured in an accident and since her parents Seventh Day Adventist faith allegedly rejected such a condition, Azaria had been taken to the Rock and ritually killed. Her mother Lindy suffered from depression. A dingo couldn’t drag an infant off, tear it out of a buttoned up jumpsuit and eat it.