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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

2019-04-0500:16:4438

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

2018-12-0500:44:2790

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

2018-11-2901:28:3397

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

2018-08-1702:01:12161

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

2018-08-0901:29:41112

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

2018-08-0201:11:58100

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

2018-07-2601:14:26109

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

2018-07-1901:23:23112

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

2018-07-1201:03:22101

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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Michael Gonzalez

Word. C.T.G. on Joe's show. Word.

Jul 14th
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Sarah Murphy

Let's hope he finally gets the book thrown at him. Great work to bring this man to trial.

Jul 9th
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o

The sound quality of the phone calls is giving me an headache. It's like recordings from the 90s.

Jul 8th
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o

Joanne needed only a couple years to become abusive? She must have had a shitty personality to begin with. A personality that made her invade another woman's home, but when it turned out not to be what she had in mind, she knew how to take care of herself and her daughter. That same shitty personality doesn't want to take responsibility, that's why Joanne stopped cooperating once her abuse of the girls came to light. People talk about Joanne being seventeen as if she was a little kid. She was less than a year away from being and adult. Kids younger than her learn to take care of themselves. It's mind boggling how little she's held accountable over the years.

Jul 6th
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Donna Smyth

there is a duty of care when you are a teacher. same as a midwife nurse doctor ect ect ect

Jun 27th
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Ju N Zee

Besides the fact that this podcast took over 3 days of my life as a mother lol. I hope for Lynette's loved ones sake, Chris is brought to Justice!!! DIRTY OLD MAN!! YUCK!! 100% his twin is in on it.

Jun 5th
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alli lent

finally they being in cadaver dogs! it only took like 30 years!

May 31st
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alli lent

also, is it an Australian thing to pronounce 19 like "nineen"?

May 30th
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Dyl Lahey

alli lent you are correct

Jun 5th
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alli lent

TheIainDowieFanClub I'm not really sure what you're referring to cuz I didn't say that.. and I wasn't being critical I was just curious because most people on here say it like that and I've never heard it before

Jun 3rd
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alli lent

"2 coroners found she was murdered shortly after that call" HOW?!?!?!? and if that's true, how did anyone believe she just left? this little fact keeps popping up and I don't get it

May 30th
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alli lent

how could he possibly tell the girls their mom didn't love them anymore and she was just their pretend mom?! what a sick fuck. he should be castrated

May 30th
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alli lent

"like a bleeding elephant trudging along snow"

May 30th
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alli lent

anyone else confused about why they keep saying 2 coroners concluded that he killed her? how could they do that if they haven't found a body yet? are coroners something different in Australia..?

May 29th
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Maureen O'Neill

my.our household @ Headley Thomas's alley pop coded

May 28th
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TheIainDowieFanClub

Not at all happy, put this podcast on for my children thinking it was about a teachers puppy or kitten. Most obviously isn't. Really poorly titled podcast. My mp3 Walkman jammed on and we all as a family had to listen to this for the full 2 hour car journey. My kids were crying and rocking back and forth and my wife left me. Albeit a few years previously. This podcast better lighten up and have some comedy moments soon or this is one family who will certainly be unsubscribing.

May 26th
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TheIainDowieFanClub

Stephen Fell ...they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.. 😂

Jul 16th
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Stephen Fell

TheIainDowieFanClub I share your disgust. I downloaded a full tranche of "The Archers" for a long family drive to Great Yarmouth. Clearly I thought it would a glorious, Robin Hood style tale of a band of medieval bowmen and it turned out to be a frightfully drab radio soap detailing in excruciating agony the boredom and apparent rigours of contemporary country life. Trip ruined. To cap it off, there was a scene involving the birth of a lamb which sounded more like a person squelching their hand in yoghurt and then throwing a damp tea towel onto the audio tape. Furious.

Jul 15th
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Santiago

I'm keeping an eye on the news with great interest. I'm happy that her family may finally get justice, and that her daughters will understand who the real source of their pain is. Joanne also deserves justice, as do all of the kids abused at that high school by their predatory teachers.

May 24th
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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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Greg Dowling

gimmeafreeknusername as an aust this is very slow

Jun 5th
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Teresa

gimmeafreeknusername interesting, I'm Australian and I thought the dialogue was slow.

Jun 1st
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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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