16 episodes

From Hedley Thomas and the journalists at The Australian, The Teacher's Trial follows the events in the trial of Chris Dawson, who is accused of the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson. To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

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From Hedley Thomas and the journalists at The Australian, The Teacher's Trial follows the events in the trial of Chris Dawson, who is accused of the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson. To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

    Episode 14 - Memory Lane

    Episode 14 - Memory Lane

    We revisit the volatile decade that was the 1970s, Chris and Paul Dawson’s heyday. They were at the peak of their celebrity as well known sporting figures and male models, exploiting the novelty of being identical twins in everything they did. Many years later as police close in over Lyn’s suspected murder, phone-taps capture more conversations between the brothers and within the Dawson clan. And we take a look at the role of the meticulous young Homicide Unit cold case detective who first became involved in 2015 and ultimately brought the murder case to court.

    To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 13 - Twins unplugged

    Episode 13 - Twins unplugged

    From bewildered to furious, Chris and Paul Dawson vent their true feelings in tapped phone calls over two decades, as the lingering mystery of Lyn’s disappearance draws the attention of police, journalists and the wider world. Retired detective inspector of homicide Gary Jubelin takes us inside the emotion and suspense of a murder trial, and defence lawyer Karen Espiner breaks down the tactical decisions and judicial process at play. Plus, an evocative exploration of Lyn’s family and their long wait for answers.

    To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

    The National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service can be reached on 1800RESPECT.  Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 12 - Sue

    Episode 12 - Sue

    Sue Strath is that rare, loyal friend who never turns away, who never gives up. Her efforts to poke and prod police into action over the disappearance of Lyn Dawson makes Sue one of the few heroines of a tragic story. Sue kept agitating for 16 years, although she was sure that Lyn was dead. The facts and chronology of the case show that Sue's persistence caused the police investigation in the late 1990s which led to much of the evidence presented in the murder trial. Sue was in the witness box at the murder trial for only a short time but her fascinating story battling bureaucrats and cops is unpacked here, along with all the developments in the case since Justice Harrison adjourned to consider a verdict and write his judgment.

    And, as the Dawson twins turn 74, Chris faces another court -- this time on a charge of carnal knowledge of a student from his time at Cromer High. 

    Plus, we meet some more inspiring women: the dedicated court-watchers who’ve been in the public gallery each day. 

    To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

    The National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service can be reached on 1800RESPECT.  Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14.

     
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    • 58 min
    Episode 11 - The Defence Closes

    Episode 11 - The Defence Closes

    Chris Dawson is a man of good character, badly let down by police and unfairly tainted over the disappearance of his wife: that's the essence of the Defence's closing address on behalf of the accused. Finally, the court got to hear Dawson's side of the story. Through barrister Pauline David, he admitted having behaved 'horribly' towards Lyn by beginning a relationship with babysitter JC, leaving his wife in such despair she walked out and cut off all contact with her family.

    We heard from a surprising defence witness, and got some clues about Justice Ian Harrison's thinking, as he sought Ms David's rebuttal of the Crown's case. We hear the voices of Dawson family insiders, including Chris himself, in flashbacks to The Teacher's Pet investigation.

    This is our longest episode yet, as we explore the fine detail of Chris' claims to be an innocent man, wrongly persecuted. 

    To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

    The National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service can be reached on 1800RESPECT.  Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14.
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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Episode 10 - The Crown Closes

    Episode 10 - The Crown Closes

    Obsessed with teenage babysitter JC, Christopher Dawson murdered his wife Lyn in terror of losing what he so deeply desired. That was the powerful thrust of a meticulous and forensic closing address, delivered over two days by Crown prosecutor Craig Everson SC. Everson said Dawson made four separate plans to escape his marriage before ultimately killing Lyn, disposing of her body and racing to South West Rocks to collect JC and install her in the family home, wearing Lyn's clothes and her rings.This is the first of two episodes focusing on the closing submissions by each side. Next episode: The Defence Closes.To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.For daily updates on the trial of Chris Dawson search for The Front in your podcast app.The National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service can be reached on 1800RESPECT. Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 9 - ’She Took Off’

    Episode 9 - ’She Took Off’

    Police taps on Chris Dawson’s phone in 2018 as episodes of The Teacher’s Pet were unfolding reveal him and his twin brother Paul raging over the former babysitter-c*m-wife JC, as well as journalists, TV crews and homicide cop Damian Loone. In one intercept Chris discloses he was still hearing from Lyn some ‘six or eight weeks’ after she disappeared - although in 1982 he told police his contact with Lyn ceased after a week. He says of Lyn: 'she took off'. The evidentiary value of bruises described by witnesses on Lyn’s arms, neck and leg is weighed by the judge as the trial reaches its pointy end.

    To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

    For daily updates on the trial of Chris Dawson search for The Front in your podcast app.

    The National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service can be reached on 1800RESPECT.

     

     
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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
599 Ratings

599 Ratings

alialiali456 ,

Give it back Harvey Norman

Great show sponsored by the Australian tax payer via Harvey Norman. Give back the millions. Maybe the money could be used to prevent murders and mistrials… Love your work H T!

Still cringing at Katie Page proudly saying she’s the CEO of Harvey Norman at the top of every episode…

coastalgirl16 ,

Good but still issues with selective bias and presenting style

This is an intriguing and awful case, and I hope there’s justice for Lyn and her family, but Hedley Thomas is so biased, self-serving and unaware of himself that it’s entirely grating. Damian Loone’s past is entirely relevant when you paint him as so morally upstanding he would never put a step wrong. And by the way, any good lawyer would not tell anyone under suspicion to talk to the police let alone journalists, they tell them to say nothing and with good reason. There is so much that was appalling and suspicious about Paul Dawson’s behaviour. The verdict will be interesting.

Mishie764 ,

Fantastic

Congratulations to everyone on such a great podcast series. I have especially enjoyed Matthew Condon’s eloquent description of the courtroom and witnesses. His contribution to Episode 13 was outstanding. His description of the bundle of photographs had me in tears! Well done to Hedley and the team for seeing it this far. I can’t wait for the verdict.

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