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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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This is an episode of The Australian's daily news podcast, The Front.  Chris Dawson has suffered another humiliation, losing an appeal against his conviction for the 1982 murder of his wife Lynette in 1982. Find out more about The Front podcast here. You can read about this story and more on The Australian's website or on The Australian’s app. This episode of The Front is presented by Claire Harvey, produced by Kristen Amiet and edited by Lia Tsamoglou. Original music is composed by Jasper Leak.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Teacher's Pet creator Hedley Thomas returns with a new podcast investigation for The Australian.  Subscribers to The Australian and registered users hear episodes of ‘Bronwyn’ first. Plus, you can read more about this case and see exclusive stories, maps, timelines, graphics, video and more at bronwynpodcast.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Where is Bronwyn Winfield? The devoted mum has been missing since 1993 – and the man behind The Teacher’s Pet is on the case.   Go to theaustralian.com.au/bronwyn to listen. Plus, you can read more about this case and see exclusive stories, maps, timelines, graphics, video and more. This episode of The Front is presented by Claire Harvey, produced by Kristen Amiet and edited by Josh Burton. The multimedia editor is Lia Tsamoglou and original music is composed by Jasper Leak.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Christopher Michael Dawson has launched an appeal, arguing Justice Ian Harrison got it wrong — and claiming he’s not guilty of Lyn’s murder.  The Front is covering the NSW Supreme Court proceedings every day. Find out more about it here, or keep up to date on The Australian's website and app. This episode of The Front is presented by Claire Harvey, produced by Kristen Amiet and edited by Lia Tsamoglou. The multimedia editor is Lia Tsamoglou and original music is composed by Jasper Leak.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Hedley Thomas sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winner and former NYT foreign correspondent Raymond Bonner to discuss his new book, The Teacher's Pet, at Bookoccino book shop on Sydney's Northern Beaches.  The book is published by Pan Macmillan and is available at all good bookstores, and wherever you get audiobooks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lynette Dawson, now remembered as Lynette Simms, went missing from her Bayview home in 1982. But it would take another 40 years for her husband Chris Dawson to be convicted of her murder. In this special episode of the I Catch Killers podcast, Hedley Thomas shares his  personal connection to Lyn’s story with host Gary Jubelin.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A school teacher, a missing wife, and the student caught in the middle. The Teacher’s Pet was the podcast that captivated the world. In this special episode of the I Catch Killers podcast, award-winning journalist Hedley Thomas joins host Gary Jubelin to discuss the ins and outs of the investigation into Lynette Dawson’s disappearance — ultimately landing murderer Chris Dawson behind bars.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Listen to Hedley Thomas reading Chapter 1 of his new book, The Teacher's Pet. The book is published by Pan Macmillan and is available at all good bookstores, and wherever you get audiobooks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Grey, shrunken and hiding his face, Chris Dawson is sentenced for unlawful carnal knowledge of a schoolgirl. Hedley Thomas joins us. Find out more about The Front podcast here and read about this story and more on The Australian's website or search for The Australian in your app store. This episode of The Front is presented by Claire Harvey, produced by Kristen Amiet, and edited by Lia Tsamoglou. Original music is composed by Jasper Leak.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Hedley Thomas, Claire Harvey and David Murray reveal how our smash-hit podcasts get made. Find out more about The Front podcast here and read about this story and more on The Australian's website or search for The Australian in your app store. This episode of The Front is presented and produced by Kristen Amiet, and edited by Lia Tsamoglou. Our regular host is Claire Harvey and original music is composed by Jasper Leak.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 16 - Arrest

Episode 16 - Arrest

2018-12-0545:1616

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 JC. 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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 15 - Digging

Episode 15 - Digging

2018-11-2901:29:3013

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 14 - Decision Time

Episode 14 - Decision Time

2018-08-1702:02:1420

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 13 - The System

Episode 13 - The System

2018-08-0901:31:0924

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. The coronial inquests get under way and they are bad for Chris - but the system fails Lyn and her family again. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 12 - Momentum

Episode 12 - Momentum

2018-08-0201:12:5511

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 11 - Loyalty

Episode 11 - Loyalty

2018-07-2601:15:2315

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 10 - Damaged

Episode 10 - Damaged

2018-07-1901:24:1221

After six difficult years, the volatile marriage was over. JC 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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 9 - Dreamworld

Episode 9 - Dreamworld

2018-07-1201:04:3116

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, JC 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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 8 - Hopeless

Episode 8 - Hopeless

2018-07-0501:06:0024

Lyn Dawson had been missing for three years when her worried friend Sue wrote to the Office of the Ombudsman - an independent government watchdog - about the lack of police action in the case. We go looking and recover a long-forgotten file after decades in storage, and the contents highlight the hopeless responses of police to a probable murder - and raise more questions, as public anger grows. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 7 - The Rings

Episode 7 - The Rings

2018-06-2801:07:1021

On January 15, 1984, Chris and JC wed at Bayview. With no veil, and in a non-traditional dress, the young bride looked like a flower girl. On her hand, she wore Lyn's rings. Chris's brother Paul and his wife Marilyn were witnesses.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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weezilwolf

totally, and it's disgusting how Paul Dawson tries to imply that Lyn didn't show the kids physical affection. Bullshit, she adored them. I don't believe a word him or his wife say.

Jan 24th
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weezilwolf

Marylin is a piece of work! She is smug as f**k. "IM the lucky one, MY husband is better, cleverer, more sensible...MY husband was born FIRST!" She definitely forged Lyns signature cos she said "ooh I hope I didn't cos that wd be very stupid" no Marylin that wd be fucking evil.

Jan 23rd
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Dec 9th
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Jacqui Kruse

I am astounded that NONE of her "friends" could be bothered to help her, let alone talk to the police about what they knew after she disappeared. They SAW the bruises on her. She BEGGED for one of them to go home with her. These women, every single one of them, should be utterly ashamed of themselves. "It was Christmas and I had a lot to do...." I am appalled.

Nov 6th
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Beth Waugh

Chris couldn't even be bothered to buy his new bride her own rings? She had to wear Lyn's? Even more evidence that he sees the women he claims to love as accessories and possession instead of people in their own right. What a horrible person. Poor Lyn, poor JC, poor Chanel and Sharon.

Aug 6th
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Brigitte Goemaere

I lasted until episode 8 but the pace is so terribly slow and everything is repeated far too often. I stopped listening and googled the ending.

Jul 18th
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Alex McNaughton

This show started so strong but the pacing got worse and worse. This episode was really the nadir when they had a medium on. I am so glad that the creator brought attention to these crimes and that is obviously the most important thing. However, he really needs to work on his podcast editing skills if he wants to make another one.

Feb 4th
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Kate G

It would be great if they put an introduction to the next/sequel podcast on here - I didn't know it existed until afterwards. Look up 'The Teacher's Trial', if you are interested.

Sep 29th
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Mao

this shows could be made in 4 episodes. keeping repeating the same things. i could not finish it. also, all the recording seem to be made with a walkman

Sep 5th
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Steffie

The principal will blame literally everyone except the school system that didn't give a f* about these teenage girls. YES you CAN tell teachers not to "have a drink at the pub" with underage girls. Grow a spine and take some responsibility.

Sep 4th
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ID21781709

Marilyn’s hot

Sep 1st
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HeyMissK_T ZM

Marilyn is so judgemental. Lynn never had a ally in her.

Jun 18th
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eConveyancing Sydney

I cannot open the introduction to the trial, constant error message

May 25th
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Jennie Bloxham

......

May 22nd
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Pippa Harrison

I can get it to play.

May 21st
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Amber Lea

can't get episode to download or play..

May 13th
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Chesca

The school Principal should have gone to the police. He should have taken it further in regards to sleeping with students. He is shoddily shifting blame and hiding his ineptness disgrace. This whole case is the definition of NIMBY

Aug 14th
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Denise Nichols

Men teachers in a girls school is just an opportunity for men to groom young girls for sex. They don't care the damage they do,only interested in their own genitals. Pedophiles have become a major problem . There is no cure,they never change.

Aug 12th
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