Killer Keli Lane Are Breaking Their Silence In A 60 Minutes Exclusive
For more than a decade, Australians have seen her as the cold-blooded killer who took the life of her baby daughter Tegan.
Now, the parents of Keli Lane, the former water-polo player from Sydney’s northern beaches who was found guilty in December 2010 of the 1996 murder of her child Tegan, have spoken out for the first time – sharing their hopes an innocence initiative in Victoria will help to clear their daughter’s name.
In an exclusive interview with 60 Minutes, Robert and Sandra Lane said there was no evidence for their daughter’s guilty conviction.
The body of Tegan has never been found, and Keli has always maintained she gave Tegan away to the baby’s biological father, who she had a brief affair with.
Lane gave birth to Tegan in 1996 when she was 21, but the newborn disappeared soon after. An investigation by the Department of Community Services, which began in 1999, found Lane had already given birth to several children, in secret.
“The truth is stranger than fiction isn’t it, they always say,” Mr Lane told 60 Minutes.
“I thought it was an act of caring and love. Where is she going to dump a child in broad daylight?” Mrs Lane said.
Reporter Allison Langdon, who has followed the case since 2008 when police became suspicious about the whereabouts of Tegan, said the Lanes had made a difficult and brave decision to talk publicly.
“What’s extraordinary about Keli’s case is that people are more willing to believe she murdered her child than that the baby’s father agreed to raise it, and disappear,” she told.
“For (the Lanes), the media has been a real intrusion in their life, they feel part of the reason their daughter is in jail right now are the stories in the paper, and on television and on radio, so by the time it got to a trial, most people had formed a view of their daughter.
“They had to re-hash the past and some pretty painful memories.
“(The Lanes) understand people have such a poor view of their daughter and that’s not the daughter and mother they know. She’s now parenting her teenage daughter from jail.”
The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT University in Victoria is reviewing whether Lane’s case should have gone to trial under a manslaughter charge rather than murder.