Sub­ject of crime pod­cast ar­rested for mur­der

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SYD­NEY An Aus­tralian man whose life was laid bare in a pop­u­lar crime mys­tery pod­cast about the dis­ap­pear­ance of his wife nearly 40 years ago was ar­rested on Wed­nes­day.

For­mer first grade rugby league player Chris Daw­son, 70, is ex­pected to be charged with the mur­der of his wife Lynette, who went miss­ing in Syd­ney’s north­ern beaches in 1982, author­i­ties said.

The body of the mother of two has never been re­cov­ered.

Daw­son de­nies killing his wife and says she left home at the time of her dis­ap­pear­ance to get some time to her­self.

The cold case is the sub­ject of pop­u­lar pod­cast The Teacher’s Pet, which de­tails a trou­bled mar­riage lead­ing up to the dis­ap­pear­ance and ex­am­ines the short­com­ings of the po­lice re­sponse.

The pod­cast, by jour­nal­ists from The Aus­tralian news­pa­per, has been heard by some 27 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide, ac­cord­ing to the pa­per.


An in­quest in 2003 found that Mr Daw­son, a for­mer high school teacher, had started an af­fair with a 16-year-old stu­dent who moved in with him within days of his wife’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

Po­lice have been crit­i­cised for not in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance prop­erly.

New South Wales po­lice com­mis­sioner Mick Fuller, who re­cently apol­o­gised for po­lice fail­ings on the case in the 1980s, said de­tec­tives had re­vis­ited the dis­ap­pear­ance three years ago and a “fresh brief” of ev­i­dence had led to the ar­rest.

“That in­for­ma­tion en­abled New South Wales po­lice to get an ar­rest war­rant for a 70-yearold man cur­rently liv­ing in Queens­land,” Com­mis­sioner Fuller told re­porters yes­ter­day.

He ac­knowl­edged that me­dia re­ports had con­tributed to po­lice ob­tain­ing ad­di­tional state­ments re­lat­ing to the case.

“What is im­por­tant to me was jus­tice for Lynette Daw­son and her fam­ily, and to­day is an im­por­tant step for­ward in that,” he added.

Mr Daw­son was due to be ex­tra­dited from Queens­land state to New South Wales, where po­lice said he would be charged with homi­cide.


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