22 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 Crime X

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    • 4.5 • 6.9K Ratings

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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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    Bonus episode: Hedley Thomas talks The Teacher's Pet with Raymond Bonner

    Bonus episode: Hedley Thomas talks The Teacher's Pet with Raymond Bonner

    Hedley Thomas sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winner and former NYT foreign correspondent Raymond Bonner to discuss his new book, The Teacher's Pet, at Bookoccino book shop on Sydney's Northern Beaches. 

    The book is published by Pan Macmillan and is available at all good bookstores, and wherever you get audiobooks. 
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    From I Catch Killers with Gary Jubelin: Remembering Lynette with Hedley Thomas (Part 2)

    From I Catch Killers with Gary Jubelin: Remembering Lynette with Hedley Thomas (Part 2)

    Lynette Dawson, now remembered as Lynette Simms, went missing from her Bayview home in 1982. But it would take another 40 years for her husband Chris Dawson to be convicted of her murder.

    In this special episode of the I Catch Killers podcast, Hedley Thomas shares his  personal connection to Lyn’s story with host Gary Jubelin.
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    • 50 min
    From I Catch Killers with Gary Jubelin: Catching A Killer with Hedley Thomas (Part 1)

    From I Catch Killers with Gary Jubelin: Catching A Killer with Hedley Thomas (Part 1)

    A school teacher, a missing wife, and the student caught in the middle. The Teacher’s Pet was the podcast that captivated the world.

    In this special episode of the I Catch Killers podcast, award-winning journalist Hedley Thomas joins host Gary Jubelin to discuss the ins and outs of the investigation into Lynette Dawson’s disappearance — ultimately landing murderer Chris Dawson behind bars.
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    • 47 min
    Bonus episode: Hedley reads Chapter 1 of his new book, The Teacher's Pet

    Bonus episode: Hedley reads Chapter 1 of his new book, The Teacher's Pet

    Listen to Hedley Thomas reading Chapter 1 of his new book, The Teacher's Pet.

    The book is published by Pan Macmillan and is available at all good bookstores, and wherever you get audiobooks. 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 25 min
    From The Front: Three more years for Chris Dawson

    From The Front: Three more years for Chris Dawson

    Grey, shrunken and hiding his face, Chris Dawson is sentenced for unlawful carnal knowledge of a schoolgirl. Hedley Thomas joins us.

    Find out more about The Front podcast here and read about this story and more on The Australian's website or search for The Australian in your app store.

    This episode of The Front is presented by Claire Harvey, produced by Kristen Amiet, and edited by Lia Tsamoglou. Original music is composed by Jasper Leak.
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    • 18 min
    The Front: Inside podcasting with Hedley Thomas and David Murray

    The Front: Inside podcasting with Hedley Thomas and David Murray

    Hedley Thomas, Claire Harvey and David Murray reveal how our smash-hit podcasts get made.

    Find out more about The Front podcast here and read about this story and more on The Australian's website or search for The Australian in your app store.

    This episode of The Front is presented and produced by Kristen Amiet, and edited by Lia Tsamoglou. Our regular host is Claire Harvey and original music is composed by Jasper Leak.
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
6.9K Ratings

6.9K Ratings

Natstan03 ,

Subtitles

These voice recordings of folks on the phone are so mumbled and heavily accented- I normally do not have a hard time with understanding deep accents but the muffled bits just make words unclear ! We need some accents -
I’m only on the first episode- I’ll come back to review ! Thanks

soul24 ,

5 episodes of material max

This podcast is well-done but it spends way too much time droning on and on about the same basic facts. I know that true crime podcasts are a great way to deep-dive but this is way excessive. That said I think this is the most outrageous teacher/student crime incident ever. This story needed to be told. And it is told well. Just expect a lot of repetition.

clynnk ,

I Wanted To Like This

I am a true crime podcast junkie, however I am super sensitive to extra wet mouth noises and have diagnosed misophonia. Hedley’s thick, sticky voice had so many extra wet tongue noises while he spoke I could barely get through an episode. I made it to three before I just couldn’t handle it any more. Needs better sound editing and he needs to back away from the mic when he speaks to get rid of the thick, sticky moving tongue noises he makes when talking. Wish I could have made it farther.

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