Chris Dawson, the subject of wildly popular podcast The Teacher's Pet was arrested on the Gold Coast in Queensland on December 5 over the suspected death of his wife Lynette Dawson, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The 70-year-old former Newtown Jets rugby league player and high school teacher is expected to be charged with murder over Lyn's 1982 disappearance.
Despite two separate coronial inquests in 2001 and 2003 that concluded Lynette was murdered by her husband, Chris Dawson had never been charged for the crime. Public pressure grew exponentially this year due to the hugely popular podcast, hosted by journalist Hedley Thomas.
There has been no trace of Lynette since her 1982 disappearance. An unsuccessful search for her body was conducted at her former home at Bayview, New South Wales in September 2018.
Speaking at a press conference, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirmed Lynette's body has still yet to be recovered, but said police "will not give up." Homicide Squad boss Detective Superintendent Scott Cook said the case was able to move forward as the result of two more witnesses contacting police with information, which Fuller said helped "tie pieces of the puzzle together."
Dawson made an unsuccessful application for bail when he appeared in Southport Magistrates Court, and was extradited to Sydney the following day on December 6. He was formally charged with murder later the same day. He has always steadfastly maintained his innocence.
More to come.