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The Teacher's Pet

The Australian

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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 ar...Show More

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Special Update Episode

16:00 | Apr 5th

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 episo...Show More

Introducing: Who the Hell is Hamish?

20:22 | Feb 15th

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 cra...Show More

Arrest

44:07 | Dec 5th, 2018

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-yea...Show More

Digging

1:28:21 | Nov 29th, 2018

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. Th...Show More

Decision Time

2:01:05 | Aug 17th, 2018

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 comm...Show More

The System

1:29:34 | Aug 9th, 2018

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 sta...Show More

12 - Momentum

1:11:46 | Aug 2nd, 2018

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 hi...Show More

11 - Loyalty

1:14:14 | Jul 26th, 2018

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 no...Show More

10 - Damaged

1:23:03 | Jul 19th, 2018

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. I...Show More

9 - Dreamworld

1:02:55 | Jul 12th, 2018

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 'Step...Show More

8 - Hopeless

1:04:51 | Jul 5th, 2018

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 dec...Show More

7 - The Rings

1:06:01 | Jun 28th, 2018

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 ...Show More

6 - Gone

56:29 | Jun 21st, 2018

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 whateve...Show More

5 - A Lovely Drink

1:03:28 | Jun 14th, 2018

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...Show More

4 - Soft Soil

1:01:07 | Jun 7th, 2018

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 th...Show More

3 - Bruised

48:30 | May 31st, 2018

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 suff...Show More

2 - Cromer High

54:23 | May 23rd, 2018

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. Oth...Show More

1 - Bayview

40:04 | May 18th, 2018

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.

0 - Trailer

00:30 | May 16th, 2018

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.