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...||12/5/2018||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 ...||11/29/2018||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...||8/17/2018||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...||8/9/2018||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...||8/2/2018||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...||7/26/2018||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...||7/19/2018||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 ...||7/12/2018||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 ...||7/5/2018||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 ...||6/28/2018||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...||6/21/2018||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...||6/13/2018||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...||5/30/2018||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...||5/23/2018||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...||5/17/2018||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...||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
So much potential, yet so boring
This is a great story that started so strong. About halfway thru, the podcast just became repetitive and boring. I don’t expect that Lynn’s body be found in order to fix this, but I think the segway into the pedophilia could’ve been utilized in a way that kept this interesting and didn’t just repeat the same few points over and over. I lose interest in every episode seconds in because of the monotoned journalist and the continuous repeating of the same information over and over.
Episodes just end.
I’ve made it thru 3 episodes and they all just end abruptly. Mid sentence. I thought maybe it was my podcast app causing problems but I don’t think it is since it happens on 3 different days with 3 different episodes. Wish I knew how those episodes ended! Makes going into the next episode confusing.
Good series but...rape culture
I am trying to follow this series. It is interesting, well reported and seemingly well researched.
However, the host’s consistent blaming and shaming a vulnerable teenager who was groomed by a predatory, narcissistic teacher is disgusting. The victims were Lyn Dawson, her children, and the child Chris Dawson emotionally and sexually abused and moved into his wife’s place.
In the latest episode, Hadley Thomas invited Lyn’s sister to abuse and judge the former teenager, and then invited other “reasonable women” he knew to also judge her. I wonder if we are to assume that the grieving sister of a missing and presumed murdered woman is unreasonable? Or is he disappointed that more of these “reasonable women” were unable to condemn the brainwashed teenager?
I might be done now, before the series ends. To place a scarlet letter on a teen in the middle of this mess created by an adult is just too much. Hedley’s behavior and scorn feels like a continuation of the gross patriarchal rape culture that enabled Chris Dawson and many other teachers at Cromer High to victimize their students while everyone else looked the other way.
ETA: the “reviewer” who commented that I misunderstood the “reasonable women” voices. If you read above, you will see that I said the reasonable women failed to condemn her. Reading comprehension, like journalistic objectivity, is of utmost importance.