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.

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