The Teacher's Pet
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.
Special Update Episode
Friday 05 April 2019
: 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,...
Introducing: Who the Hell is Hamish?
Friday 15 February 2019
: 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...
Wednesday 05 December 2018
: Nearly 37 years after Lyn Dawson disappeared, police have arrested Chris Dawson over the alleged murder of his wife, taking him into custody...
Thursday 29 November 2018
: Following an incredible groundswell of community interest ignited by this podcast, September saw a stunning development in the case with...
Friday 17 August 2018
: After 36 long years, failed police investigations, two coronial inquests, and countless appeals from Lyn's family, the case is stronger now...
Thursday 09 August 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...
Thursday 02 August 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...
Thursday 26 July 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...
Thursday 19 July 2018
: After six difficult years, the volatile marriage was over. Joanne felt she had become ‘disposable’, as Lyn had been years before, and...
Thursday 12 July 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...
Thursday 05 July 2018
: Lyn Dawson had been missing for three years when her worried friend Sue wrote to the Office of the Ombudsman - an independent government...
Thursday 28 June 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...
Thursday 21 June 2018
: In the days and months following Lyn's disappearance, Chris Dawson put forth a range of suggestions as to her possible whereabouts. Perhaps...
A Lovely Drink
Thursday 14 June 2018
: In January 1982, as most Australians enjoyed a carefree holiday season, Lyn Dawson was trying to pick up the tattered threads of her...
Thursday 07 June 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...
Thursday 31 May 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....
Wednesday 23 May 2018
: Cromer High School's pin-up sports teacher Chris Dawson pursued year 11 student Joanne Curtis with the sort of relentless determination he...
Friday 18 May 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 -...
Wednesday 16 May 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...