The Teacher's Pet

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The unsolved murder of Lyn Dawson


Special Update Episode
Apr 4, 2019 • 17 min
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…
Introducing: Who the Hell is Hamish?
Feb 14, 2019 • 21 min
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…
Arrest
Dec 5, 2018 • 45 min
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…
Digging
Nov 29, 2018 • 89 min
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…
Decision Time
Aug 17, 2018 • 122 min
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…
The System
Aug 9, 2018 • 90 min
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…
Momentum
Aug 2, 2018 • 72 min
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…
Loyalty
Jul 26, 2018 • 75 min
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…
Damaged
Jul 19, 2018 • 84 min
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…
Dreamworld
Jul 12, 2018 • 64 min
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…
Hopeless
Jul 5, 2018 • 66 min
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…
The Rings
Jun 28, 2018 • 67 min
On January 15, 1984, Chris and Joanne 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, but there was…
Gone
Jun 21, 2018 • 57 min
In the days and months following Lyn’s disappearance, Chris Dawson put forth a range of suggestions as to her possible whereabouts. Perhaps she had gone north to think about their marriage. Maybe she’d joined a cult, or a religious group. But whatever he…
A Lovely Drink
Jun 14, 2018 • 64 min
In January 1982, as most Australians enjoyed a carefree holiday season, Lyn Dawson was trying to pick up the tattered threads of her marriage. Joanne Curtis was taking tentative steps to extricate herself from her affair with Lyn’s husband. And Chris…
Soft Soil
Jun 7, 2018 • 62 min
Humiliated and broken by her husband’s affair, Lyn finally asked Joanne to leave the Bayview home. The teenager walked out, and into the home of Chris’s twin brother, Paul, a few hundred metres down the same street. Tensions continued to rise. And then…
Bruised
May 31, 2018 • 49 min
As Chris brazenly moved his teenage lover into the family home, Lyn saw the cracks in her marriage widen. It was crumbling all around her. Unable to believe the worst of her husband, she responded with denial, but to her family and friends Lyn’s suffering…
Cromer High
May 23, 2018 • 55 min
Cromer High School’s pin-up sports teacher Chris Dawson pursued year 11 student Joanne Curtis with the sort of relentless determination he showed as a star of rugby league. Chris had model good looks, an easy charm, and students looked up to him. Other…
Bayview
May 17, 2018 • 41 min
Lyn was a devoted wife and mother. She adored her husband, but he betrayed and humiliated her in the most callous way. Now she’s gone - missing, a likely victim of murder. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Trailer
May 16, 2018 • 1 min
A star footballer. His school girl lover. A wife who vanishes. The Australian’s Hedley Thomas digs deep into a cold case which has been unsolved for 36 years, uncovering startling new evidence. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.