True-crime podcast a global phenomenon
In the 24 hours following Chris Dawson’s arrest in relation to the 1982 disappearance of his wife, The Teacher’s Pet amassed a further one million downloads — bringing the blockbuster podcast’s total listens to 29.5 million.
In that time in the US, which holds the largest global audience outside of Australia, the podcast catapulted from No 82 in the iTunes chart to No 1.
The dramatic development in the unsolved mystery also sparked huge interest in the other major English-language podcast markets of Canada and Britain, where it returned to the No 1 position. It continues to claim the top spot in Australia.
It’s a stunning feat for the 16-part series spearheaded by this paper’s national chief correspondent, Hedley Thomas, who launched the true crime investigation in May.
The story of the disappearance and alleged murder of Lyn Dawson has become a global podcasting phenomenon and was credited by NSW police with generating some of the leads and witnesses needed to arrest Mr Dawson.
The milestone comes as iTunes announced Apple had selected the true-crime investigation as one of the Best Australian Podcasts of 2018.