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Lyn and Chris Dawson appear to have the perfect marriage. He's a star footballer and popular high school teacher. She's a devoted wife and mother. They share a beautiful home above Sydney's northern beaches. But when Lyn goes missing, dark secrets are buried. This is no fairytale, but a sordid story of strangely close twin brothers, teenage student lovers, and probable murder. The Australian's Hedley Thomas digs deep into a cold case which has been unsolved for 36 years, uncovering startling new evidence.
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Special Update Episode

Special Update Episode

2019-04-0500:16:4429

As Chris Dawson's defence team, police and prosecutors work hard to prepare for a murder trial which may be heard some time next year, 2020, the team behind The Teacher's Pet podcast series discloses a new development - taking down the first 16 episodes in Australia, to help ensure Chris gets a fair trial. And Greg Walsh, Chris's experienced lawyer, flags some of the issues and claims which are important to him and the accused.
A new podcast from The Australian.Tracy fell in love with Max Tavita, a man who won her over with tales of a life in the investment world and how he was working in the World Trade Center in New York when the first plane hit in 2001. Then Hamish crashed into their lives.Music credits for this episode:Meydan - L'Etoile danse pt 2Lee Rosevere - DecompressionDerjuli - Driving in a carUurite - Years and years, future peaceStephen Ludwig - 214S
Arrest

Arrest

2018-12-0500:44:2784

Nearly 37 years after Lyn Dawson disappeared, police have arrested Chris Dawson over the alleged murder of his wife, taking him into custody and preparing his extradition to Sydney where he will face court. When the knock on the door came, the 70-year-old was calm. The timing may have been a surprise, but he'd known for a long time that this day may come. Calling the matter "a cold case murder", the magistrate denied Dawson's application for bail citing a high flight risk, and said the crown alleged domestic violence allegations against Chris Dawson would be raised in evidence, as well as testimony from Joanne Curtis. But Dawson's family believe he will be cleared, releasing a statement saying that he is innocent and that there is clear and uncontested evidence that Lyn Dawson was alive long after she left her husband and daughters.
Digging

Digging

2018-11-2901:28:3386

Following an incredible groundswell of community interest ignited by this podcast, September saw a stunning development in the case with police returning to the Bayview house to conduct a new and more thorough search for the remains of Lyn Dawson. This dig was a necessity - not just to try to uncover new evidence, but also to restore public confidence and to prove to Lyn's family that the police, this time, would do their jobs properly. Meanwhile, new witnesses come forth with compelling stories of encounters with Chris Dawson and his explosive temper.
Decision Time

Decision Time

2018-08-1702:01:12151

After 36 long years, failed police investigations, two coronial inquests, and countless appeals from Lyn's family, the case is stronger now - and once again it's in the hands of the office of the DPP. Regardless of their decision, the NSW police commissioner pledges to keep investigations going, and he plans to order a much more significant dig at the Bayview property. In this episode, former coroner Carl Milovanovich explains why he believes a jury would convict Chris over the probable murder of Lyn - and why the case still troubles him today, 15 years after his inquest in a Sydney courtroom. And Lyn's daughter Shanelle has final words in honour of her mother.
The System

The System

2018-08-0901:29:41106

Before the first coronial inquest, police tap phones in the lead-up to digging in a relatively small area around the swimming pool at Bayview, where they find a woman's cardigan. The crime scene officer on that dig describes what he believed were stab marks in the garment. He suspects Lyn's remains are still on the block - and may have been narrowly missed because the dig was restricted for budgetary reasons. As the coronial inquests get under way, a student becomes concerned that Chris is trying to groom many of her friends at an all-girls school. The inquests are bad for Chris - but the system fails Lyn and her family again.
Momentum

Momentum

2018-08-0201:11:5885

Some of them hadn't seen each other since Cromer High days more than 30 years ago but they came together in a show of force, determined to hold to account teachers who had preyed on students for sex. Meanwhile, the detective Damian Loone escalates his murder investigations, interviewing many witnesses in a quest for the truth. And the area of "soft soil" comes back into focus.
Loyalty

Loyalty

2018-07-2601:14:26100

Chris Dawson was interviewed by police in 1991, and then never again. But Sue Strath, Lyn's loyal friend, kept agitating for a further investigation, and in 1998 Detective Damian Loone was assigned to the case. Curiously, the earlier investigation notes had vanished.
Damaged

Damaged

2018-07-1901:23:23104

After six difficult years, the volatile marriage was over. Joanne felt she had become 'disposable', as Lyn had been years before, and feared for her life. She fled back to Sydney, telling friends she was convinced Chris had murdered his first wife. In this episode, you'll hear what Chris Dawson told detectives when he was interviewed in 1991.
Dreamworld

Dreamworld

2018-07-1201:03:2295

Leaving the dark shadow of Lyn's disappearance behind, Chris moved his young new wife and children north to Queensland, into a home on acreage near the newly-opened theme park, Dreamworld. Isolated behind high fences, Joanne lived the life of a 'Stepford wife', and was expected to meet all of her husband's demands ... including continuing to look like a school girl.
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Comments (181)

gimmeafreeknusername

want to listen but I'm from SE part of USA and sadly, can not decipher the accent and also fast talk. clearly my prob. just offering feedback

May 20th
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Britney Lee Elizabeth Smith

I wonder who, as a child, he would have been alone with on play dates etc .. old family friends etc because those children especially the girls should be asked if Chris ever did anything inappropriate to them. I bet you he did..

May 7th
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Ilenia Pezzaniti

Have they checked for her body on/at the route/destination Chris and Joanne left for before Christmas??

May 7th
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Tara Lacey

I started off loving this, but it's getting monotonous

May 5th
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Tara Lacey

this is absolutely appalling that they got away with it for so long! And now those girls suffer the consequences

Apr 28th
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Conan Gracie

Why are we not blaming the mother of Joanne at all? while pissing on the grave of a dead man?(Joannes father) They both did nothing. The mother didn't seem to do anything about her daughter either.

Apr 27th
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Lisa-marie Dekoster

this podcast dosntplay!!

Apr 26th
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DGutierrez

this case has alot of similarities to the Susan Cox Powell case!

Apr 24th
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camile warner

DGutierrez I agree! You would think its so clear and that you could've prosecuted on some sort evidence. Sadly, the families will never have that closure...

May 3rd
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Megan Cannon

Hedley Thomas you are a good soul, kudos to you. Not sure why cops still to this day haven't brought the twin brother in for questioning??? I hope Lynnes family one day will be able to find Peace within themselves & their lives.. 🙏💞

Apr 21st
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Alyson Dunlop

I can't get this podcast to eork

Apr 19th
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Kerri Whelan

Alyson Dunlop it has been removed to Australian listeners in the event of a fair trial for Chris Dawson. stupid if you ask me but they were asked to remove it

Apr 22nd
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Megan Cannon

Alyson Dunlop Hey there, if I'm correct due to impending court case podcast has been removed (temporarily),is a legal requirement.

Apr 21st
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Jenn Bennett

keeps buffering. can't even listen to it

Apr 15th
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Joshua

Jenn Bennett The production company had decided to block the feed in Australia so that during trial the podcast wouldn’t influence the public’s judgement on the case, that’s probably why you can’t listen to it at the moment

Apr 19th
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Jennifer Fitzgerald

I don't believe the episodes are very redundant. It's important to go over the facts, and there are always new facts coming to light. It's important to meld the old with the new to paint the full picture. Either way you take it, in my opinion it is a very interesting case, with many screw ups by the police, sex, lies, coverups, devastation and horrible sadness. I really appreciate the way the narrator has been so thorough and has gotten the public behind solving this case and finally giving Lynette and her family justice.

Apr 14th
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mat

I'm enjoying this podcast a lot but good god, it is so repetitive. How many times has he told us that two separate coroners concluded "probable murder". 10? 15?

Apr 13th
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jenny spytek

mat just google chis dawson

May 16th
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Alissa Maxwell

mat I'm having the same problem with it. It's endless. I want to skip ahead but I'm not sure which episodes to skip.

May 5th
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Amy

Also, this just proves that brilliant journalism is alive in Australian media. Great work team!!!!!!

Apr 11th
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Amy

I strongly support this decision by The Australian to make sure that this prosecution CAN go to trial, and the material gathered by the team be used in court. I wouldn't want to give the defence any reason for evidence to be inadmissible or to claim that a fair trial can't go ahead. For me, this is a sound decision and enables justice to be served. Thank you for the update!!!

Apr 11th
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Stephen Doyle

same here, it's a bit all over the place.

Apr 10th
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Christopher Band

That seems excessive. How hard is it to find 12 jurors that haven't listened to the podcast.

Apr 5th
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kamben79

I wish I could have faith in the justice system to do the right thing. But there are just too many cases where that didnt happen! I guess all we can do is hope.

Apr 5th
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Jennifer Fitzgerald

It's simply disturbing that the school was running rampant with teachers taking advantage of these kids!!! Unreal!

Apr 5th
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Jennifer Fitzgerald

Unbelievable!!! It's so obvious to us today what happened, I feel awful for her friends and family.

Apr 5th
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