The Teacher's Pet
By 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 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.
||ExplicitArrest||Nearly 37 years after Lyn Dawson disappeared, police have arrested Chris Dawson over the alleged murder of his wife, taking him into cust...||5 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDigging||Following an incredible groundswell of community interest ignited by this podcast, September saw a stunning development in the case with ...||29 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDecision Time||After 36 long years, failed police investigations, two coronial inquests, and countless appeals from Lyn's family, the case is stronger n...||17 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe System||Before the first coronial inquest, police tap phones in the lead-up to digging in a relatively small area around the swimming pool at Bay...||9 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMomentum||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 t...||2 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLoyalty||Chris Dawson was interviewed by police in 1991, and then never again. But Sue Strath, Lyn's loyal friend, kept agitating for a further in...||26 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDamaged||After six difficult years, the volatile marriage was over. Joanne felt she had become 'disposable', as Lyn had been years before, and...||19 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDreamworld||Leaving the dark shadow of Lyn's disappearance behind, Chris moved his young new wife and children north to Queensland, into a home on ...||12 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHopeless||Lyn Dawson had been missing for three years when her worried friend Sue wrote to the Office of the Ombudsman - an independent government ...||5 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Rings||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 ...||28 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGone||In the days and months following Lyn's disappearance, Chris Dawson put forth a range of suggestions as to her possible whereabouts. Perha...||21 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Lovely Drink||In January 1982, as most Australians enjoyed a carefree holiday season, Lyn Dawson was trying to pick up the tattered threads of her marr...||13 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSoft Soil||Humiliated and broken by her husband's affair, Lyn finally asked Joanne to leave the Bayview home. The teenager walked out, and in...||6 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBruised||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...||30 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCromer High||Cromer High School's pin-up sports teacher Chris Dawson pursued year 11 student Joanne Curtis with the sort of relentless determin...||23 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBayview||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 - m...||17 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrailer||A star footballer. His school girl lover. A wife who vanishes. The Australian's Hedley Thomas digs deep into a cold case which has bee...||15 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A can of worms
Great representation of a very true story. Went to Cromer high school..... this was our life. The Time and Tide story was not once in a while or even once a month, it was every Friday night at least. You would go out with your friends to be confronted with your teachers entertaining students on their laps. Can’t believe we never told our parents. Grooming was an everyday occurrence. Little notes from teachers in class, asking you to buy them something from the canteen and to buy yourself anything you wanted at whatever cost and to take as long as you liked. Stay back after class for chats on how great you are. Friends going camping in the holidays and the teachers would rock up. So creepy and so wrong at any level. Remember well my dad being annoyed with me that one of those creepy teachers had written on my report that I “talk too much in class” and me thinking if if only I could tell my dad my judgements of my teacher. But still for some unknown reason we didn’t tell. Even to the point that many years later one of the main culprit teachers ended up teaching my own daughter. I was close with the principal at the time and still didn’t speak up. These teachers are still around, and some still on the northern beaches. Please let justice prevail for Lynette’s family and friends.
Great local homegrown investigative journalism
I have listened to the first podcast episode and so far it’s really good. If you like investigative journalism then this is a goodie. Similar to trace on ABC, Teachers Pet looks at an unsolved crime from 36 years ago of a local sydney northern beaches woman, mother of two and wife. Lyn has been missing and assumed dead for 36 years. Lyn’s neighbour is desperate for answers and justice. Cracks and twists are appearing early on and you can see that there is going to be so much more to this case than first meets the eye. I am really looking forward to the rest and to see if this mystery is actually solved.
Started well, starting to repeat
Very thorough and interesting case to listen to, but the podcast is repeating the same thing too often.
I wished he understood that podcast broadcasters assume that listeners have heard the previous episodes so he can stop repeating himself.
It’s sort of like watching a reality tv show, where they take you through a heap of detail, then have an ad break, then return back to the show and repeat most of what happened before the break.
You end up sitting there thinking ‘yes I know that, just get on with the story or get on with the point’ a little too often.
Also this guy loves his adjectives a little too much. There’s adjectives to give a good description of certain things, then there’s this podcast.
Otherwise it’s well research and a very interesting case.