The Teacher's Pet

19 EpisodesProduced by The AustralianWebsite

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… read more

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Trailer

May 16th, 2018

0:30

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 unsolved for …

Bayview

May 18th, 2018

40:04

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.

Cromer High

May 23rd, 2018

54:23

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 …

Bruised

May 31st, 2018

48:30

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 …

Soft Soil

June 7th, 2018

1:01:07

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 …

A Lovely Drink

June 14th, 2018

1:03:28

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 …

Gone

June 21st, 2018

56:29

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 …

The Rings

June 28th, 2018

1:06:01

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 …

Hopeless

July 5th, 2018

1:04:51

Lyn Dawson had been missing for three years when her worried friend Sue wrote to the Office of the Ombudsman - an independent government watchdog - …

Dreamworld

July 12th, 2018

1:02:55

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 …

Damaged

July 19th, 2018

1:23:03

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 …

Loyalty

July 26th, 2018

1:14:14

Chris Dawson was interviewed by police in 1991, and then never again. But Sue Strath, Lyn's loyal friend, kept agitating for a further investigation, …

Momentum

August 2nd, 2018

1:11:46

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 hold to …

The System

August 9th, 2018

1:29:34

Before the first coronial inquest, police tap phones in the lead-up to digging in a relatively small area around the swimming pool at Bayview, where …

Decision Time

August 17th, 2018

2:01:05

After 36 long years, failed police investigations, two coronial inquests, and countless appeals from Lyn's family, the case is stronger now - and …

Digging

November 29th, 2018

1:28:21

Following an incredible groundswell of community interest ignited by this podcast, September saw a stunning development in the case with police …

Arrest

December 5th, 2018

44:07

Nearly 37 years after Lyn Dawson disappeared, police have arrested Chris Dawson over the alleged murder of his wife, taking him into custody and …

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February 15th, 2019

20:22

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Special Update Episode

April 5th, 2019

16:00

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, the team …

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