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Man Arrested In 36-Year Australian Cold Case Highlighted By The Teacher's Pet Podcast

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09:40 5 Dec 2018


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A man has been arrested in Australia today in relation to a 36-year cold case that was recently the subject of hit podcast The Teacher's Pet.

70-year-old Chris Dawson is set to be charged with the murder of his ex wife Lynette Dawson.

Lynette, a mother of two, went missing in Sydney in 1982. While her body was never found two coronal inquests in 2001 and 2003 ruled her dead.

Chris claims she left the family home and joined a religious group but many of Lynette's close friends and family members believe her to have been murdered.

 

As outlined in the podcast Chris, a teacher at a local school, was dating a 16-year-old female student in 1982.

The student Joanna Curtis moved into the Dawson family home just days after Lynette's disappearance. The couple later married in 1984 but divorced in 1993.

In July, New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller apologised to Lynette's family for police failings in the case.

Speaking in a statement this morning he explained that fresh evidence had led to the arrest of Chris Dawson.

Australian journalist and presenter of The Teacher's Pet, the podcast credited with bringing the case to the attention of the media, Hedley Thomas has yet to comment.


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