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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.

Customer Reviews

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.

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