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The Teacher’s Pet is a podcast by multi-award winning National Chief Correspondent Hedley Thomas, who has spent six months investigating the probable murder of missing Sydney mother Lynette Dawson. Thomas’s exhaustive independent examination of the cold case had left no stone unturned. In more than 100 interviews for the podcast series - many with people who had never before spoken publicly about the case - he has unearthed evidence that could finally resolve the mystery of Ms Dawson’s disappearance and bring an alleged killer to justice. Thomas is a five-time Walkley winner who earned a Gold Walkley - one of the most prestigious awards in Australian journalism - for his reporting on the flawed police pursuit of Dr Mohamed Haneef. The Australian’s Editor-in-Chief, Paul Whittaker, said the podcast series was one of the publication's biggest journalistic undertakings in recent years and followed the success of the Bowraville podcast series in 2016 that won multiple awards and led to a suspect being charged with the killings of three Aboriginal children. ‘’This podcast is part-investigation, part storytelling, with powerful voices in each episode,’’ Mr Whittaker said. ‘’Hedley Thomas has spent six months tracking down all the key players in this case, and convinced many of them to speak for the first time about what they know, and in the process, he has unearthed compelling new information unknown to investigating police at the time.”

The Teacher’s Pet is a podcast by multi-award winning National Chief Correspondent Hedley Thomas, who has spent six months investigating the probable murder of missing Sydney mother Lynette Dawson. Thomas’s exhaustive independent examination of the cold case had left no stone unturned. In more than 100 interviews for the podcast series - many with people who had never before spoken publicly about the case - he has unearthed evidence that could finally resolve the mystery of Ms Dawson’s disappearance and bring an alleged killer to justice. Thomas is a five-time Walkley winner who earned a Gold Walkley - one of the most prestigious awards in Australian journalism - for his reporting on the flawed police pursuit of Dr Mohamed Haneef. The Australian’s Editor-in-Chief, Paul Whittaker, said the podcast series was one of the publication's biggest journalistic undertakings in recent years and followed the success of the Bowraville podcast series in 2016 that won multiple awards and led to a suspect being charged with the killings of three Aboriginal children. ‘’This podcast is part-investigation, part storytelling, with powerful voices in each episode,’’ Mr Whittaker said. ‘’Hedley Thomas has spent six months tracking down all the key players in this case, and convinced many of them to speak for the first time about what they know, and in the process, he has unearthed compelling new information unknown to investigating police at the time.”
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The Teacher’s Pet is a podcast by multi-award winning National Chief Correspondent Hedley Thomas, who has spent six months investigating the probable murder of missing Sydney mother Lynette Dawson. Thomas’s exhaustive independent examination of the cold case had left no stone unturned. In more than 100 interviews for the podcast series - many with people who had never before spoken publicly about the case - he has unearthed evidence that could finally resolve the mystery of Ms Dawson’s disappearance and bring an alleged killer to justice. Thomas is a five-time Walkley winner who earned a Gold Walkley - one of the most prestigious awards in Australian journalism - for his reporting on the flawed police pursuit of Dr Mohamed Haneef. The Australian’s Editor-in-Chief, Paul Whittaker, said the podcast series was one of the publication's biggest journalistic undertakings in recent years and followed the success of the Bowraville podcast series in 2016 that won multiple awards and led to a suspect being charged with the killings of three Aboriginal children. ‘’This podcast is part-investigation, part storytelling, with powerful voices in each episode,’’ Mr Whittaker said. ‘’Hedley Thomas has spent six months tracking down all the key players in this case, and convinced many of them to speak for the first time about what they know, and in the process, he has unearthed compelling new information unknown to investigating police at the time.”

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English


Episodes

6 - Gone

6/21/2018
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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.

Duration:00:56:28

5 - A Lovely Drink

6/14/2018
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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.

Duration:01:03:27

4 - Soft Soil

6/7/2018
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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...

Duration:01:01:06

3 - Bruised

5/31/2018
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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.

Duration:00:48:29

2 - Cromer High

5/23/2018
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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.

Duration:00:54:22

1 - Bayview

5/17/2018
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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.

Duration:00:40:03

0 - Trailer

5/16/2018
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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 36 years, uncovering startling new evidence.

Duration:00:00:30