20 episodes

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.

The Teacher's Pet The Australian

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    • 4.5 • 6.7K Ratings

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.

    The Front - Daily updates as Hedley Thomas appears at the trial

    The Front - Daily updates as Hedley Thomas appears at the trial

    This week Hedley Thomas appeared in the witness box in the trial of Chris Dawson. The Australian's daily news podcast The Front will be publishing daily updates. Search for The Front in your podcast app, and hit the follow or subscribe button to get daily updates on the trial of Chris Dawson and Hedley's appearance as a witness.
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    • 14 min
    Introducing - The Teacher's Trial

    Introducing - The Teacher's Trial

    From Hedley Thomas and the journalists at The Australian comes The Teacher's Trial. A new episode will be published every Friday for the duration of the trial of Chris Dawson, who is accused of the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson. Search for The Teacher's Trial wherever you listen to podcasts, or read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial here.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Introducing - The Front

    Introducing - The Front

    The Australian's news podcast The Front will be covering the trial of Chris Dawson with daily updates. Follow or subscribe to The Front in your podcast app. 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 15 min
    Special Update Episode

    Special Update Episode

    Preparation for the murder trial begins. The team behind The Teacher's Pet podcast series takes down the first 16 episodes in Australia, to help ensure Chris gets a fair trial.

    • 17 min
    Episode 16 - Arrest

    Episode 16 - Arrest

    Chris is arrested over the alleged murder of Lyn.

    • 45 min
    Episode 15 - Digging

    Episode 15 - Digging

    Police continue to search for clues.

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
6.7K Ratings

6.7K Ratings

MJW6506 ,

Best of the Best

This is hands-down the best podcast I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to and I cannot hardly wait for more of Hedley Thomas!

Update: after having seen other reviews here I wanted to post an update on my former review. It still stands that this is my favorite podcast of all time. But I have to agree with everyone else who thinks Joanne knew more, MUCH MORE, than she lets on. Even at 16, she must’ve know what Chris had done. Only after having lived with him for years does she come forward, only after the relationship had broken down. Only after she was no longer in love with this man does she realize that murder is wrong. It’s really hard to understand that. Nevertheless, I think it’s important to remind others that unless you’ve walked that path yourself can you judge her for how she behaved. We also have to remember that she was just a child herself with no real support system in place to catch her if she left this man, who by that point she probably knew enough to be afraid of. I feel for her.

But more than that, poor, poor Lyn. Wherever you are, I hope you’re at peace now.

SteffiCheneaux ,

It was useful for bringing the story to public attention

Kudos to the podcast for getting this story back on the public eye, but it’s not a great listen. I dropped out after 3 episodes. They badly needed to edit this down and the production wasn’t great: loads of garbled phone interviews, very repetitive. When they’re already recycling stuff in the first 3 episodes you know it’s bloated.

But my main issue is how the host talked about the teenager who was groomed and sexually abused by her teacher as though she was HIS GIRLFRIEND, and implying she shared some guilt in Lyns disappearance. That is unacceptable.

georgie8808 ,

Kind of repetitive

I’m loving this podcast but it’s kind of repetitive and I also think that Joann fully knew what was going on! How could she not?! She was living in the house with Lynettes husband while Lynette was still there! So when she disappeared she didn’t know what happened?! Bulls$!&! That’s just my opinion.

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