Nearly eight years ago, in December 2010, Keli Lane was convicted of murdering her two-day-old daughter, Tegan Lee Lane.
The child, who was Keli’s fourth pregnancy in just five years, has never been found.
Now, 22 years on from the disappearance of newborn Tegan, Keli is determined to prove her innocence.
Following multiple unsuccessful legal appeals against her 18-year jail sentence, the 43-year-old has reached out to award-winning Australian journalist Caro Meldrum-Hanna, to investigate her story.
“I was sitting in my office and the daily mail delivery arrived… there was this blue biro, I’ll never forget, this blue biro hand written envelope. I tore it open and there was this perfectly written letter – there wasn’t a mistake in it,” Caro told Mamamia.
“It was essentially saying I have been wrongly convicted of murdering my baby, I need to prove my innocence,” she continued.
From there, working alongside investigative journalist Elise Worthington, Caro delved into one of Australia’s most notorious crimes.
The first episode of EXPOSED: The Case of Keli Lane will air on Tuesday evening on the ABC.
Between 1992 and 1999, Keli Lane fell pregnant five times.
An elite water polo player under the guide of her manager, her mother Sandra, Keli managed to conceal all five of her pregnancies from her parents, her teammates, her friends and family.
“From Keli Lane’s point of view, she thought [concealing the pregnancies] wasn’t hard at all. It was actually sort of remarkably easy,” Caro explained.
“She was wearing baggy clothes, and from all accounts, she did carry her pregnancy differently than most of us visualise a pregnant body,” she added.
“She was an elite athlete… physically and psychologically, she was able to compartmentalise and deal with pain.”
Falling pregnant twice at both 17 and 18 years old, Keli terminated her first two pregnancies in 1992 and 1994.
She hid both pregnancies and the subsequent abortions from her parents and friends.
“She was a prolific liar when she was younger, she told so many lies and wove a web of deception to cover her tracks to prevent anyone in her life finding out about these pregnancies,” Caro said.
“There was that fear of disappointing her parents and shattering that image,
“There was was no room, it seemed, for mistake. You were a winner, Keli Lane was a winner, and that was her role in the family.
“She was a champion. And what she did reflected back on her family, so in her mind, falling pregnant at a young age, particularly out of wedlock too, that was a really bad thing in her life.”