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The Teacher's Pet

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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.

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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.

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No clear flow

By foroneaudience - Feb 20 2020
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I listen to a lot of true crime podcasts and this one did not have a great flow to it. A lot of things were repeated and it jumped around a lot. The story needed to be told so I’m glad they’ve accomplished that but it could have been condensed into less episodes without all the repetition.

Great podcast

By MelissaBless - Dec 06 2019
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Very well done. I love the thoroughness. Well written and presented.

iTunes Ratings

5949 Ratings
Average Ratings
4291
816
399
231
212

No clear flow

By foroneaudience - Feb 20 2020
Read more
I listen to a lot of true crime podcasts and this one did not have a great flow to it. A lot of things were repeated and it jumped around a lot. The story needed to be told so I’m glad they’ve accomplished that but it could have been condensed into less episodes without all the repetition.

Great podcast

By MelissaBless - Dec 06 2019
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Very well done. I love the thoroughness. Well written and presented.
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The Teacher's Pet

Latest release on Apr 05, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 5 days ago

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: Bayview

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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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 18 2018

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Rank #2: Cromer High

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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. Other teachers followed his lead, seducing vulnerable school girls as those in charge looked away.
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May 23 2018

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Rank #3: A Lovely Drink

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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 Dawson was desperately seeking solutions. In this episode, a damning piece of evidence - once thought lost - is recovered, and it is something that should be vitally important to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
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Jun 14 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #4: Gone

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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 whatever he said, he clearly believed she was never going to return, as he promptly moved Joanne back into the family home where she became the new mother to his two children.
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Jun 21 2018

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Rank #5: The Rings

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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 something Marilyn didn't know. A secret existed between the brothers and Joanne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 28 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #6: Bruised

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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 suffering was clear. And the toll was not just emotional. In this episode, a former babysitter for the Dawsons speaks for the first time about the violence she witnessed in the home. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 31 2018

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Rank #7: Hopeless

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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 decades in storage, and the contents highlight the hopeless responses of police to a probable murder - and raise more questions, as public anger grows. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 05 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #8: Damaged

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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. In this episode, you'll hear what Chris Dawson told detectives when he was interviewed in 1991. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 19 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #9: Dreamworld

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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 'Stepford wife', and was expected to meet all of her husband's demands ... including continuing to look like a school girl. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 12 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #10: Soft Soil

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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 then suddenly, Lyn vanished. Years later, Joanne suggested Lyn's remains were buried at Bayview, in the 'soft soil' - outside what were her daughters' bedroom windows. In this episode, a surprise new witness speaks publicly for the first time about something he was told in 1987, indicating the possible whereabouts of a body.
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Jun 07 2018

1hr 2mins

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