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AustraliaWas the Lynette Dawson murder arrest sparked by The Teacher's Pet podcast?

01:20  06 december  2018
01:20  06 december  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

Teacher's Pet's Chris Dawson arrested on Gold Coast, murder charge expected

Teacher's Pet's Chris Dawson arrested on Gold Coast, murder charge expected Chris Dawson, the former husband of missing Sydney woman Lynette Dawson, has been arrested on Queensland's Gold Coast this morning. The ABC understands the former Newtown Jets rugby league player, who is at the centre of the popular Teacher's Pet podcast, will be extradited to New South Wales as soon as possible. Mr Dawson, 70, was arrested at Biggera Waters by detectives from Queensland Police Service's Homicide Squad. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Lyn Dawson disappeared from her Sydney home in 1982. He is expected to be charged with murder.

Chris Dawson was arrested Wednesday over the murder of his former wife Lynette Dawson , the latest twist in a case documented in the wildly popular Australian true crime podcast " Teacher ' s Pet ." The podcast alleges Chris Dawson , a former professional rugby player turned high school teacher

Her disappearance and suspected murder are the subject of ' The Teacher ' s Pet ' podcast . 60 minutes on Sunday and Australian Story on Monday both doing expose on the disappearance of Lyn Dawson , sparked by @australian Hedley Thomas’s brilliant The Teachers Pet podcast .

They say headlines help sell newspapers, but whether they help solve crimes is again up for debate following a breakthrough in the cold case of Lynette Dawson.

The disappearance of the mother of two from Sydney's northern beaches captured worldwide attention this year with a popular podcast, but police sources deny it led to yesterday's arrest.

After 36 years, Ms Dawson's ex-husband Chris Dawson — the man at the centre of The Teacher's Pet podcast — was arrested on the Gold Coast for her murder.

'We will not give up': Police promise to keep searching for Lynette Dawson's body

'We will not give up': Police promise to keep searching for Lynette Dawson's body NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller declared authorities will keep searching for the body, after Chris Dawson's sensational arrest on Wednesday.

A popular podcast , The Teacher ' s Pet , has brought wide attention to the case. On Wednesday, police said they had begun a five-day forensic search of Image caption Lynette Dawson 's disappearance has been given wider attention by a popular podcast . An inquest in 2003 found Mr Dawson , a former

A new Australian podcast investigating the disappearance and probable murder of Sydney mother Lyn Dawson and her husband, Chris Dawson 's Focused on the unsolved disappearance of Sydney mother-of-two Lyn Dawson , who was last seen on January 8, 1982, The Teacher ' s Pet delves into

Many times over the years the family had given up hope, believing it had been all but swept under the rug.

But according to Ms Dawson's niece Renee Simms, the podcast by Hedley Thomas, which The Australian says has been downloaded more than 28 million times, has been influential in giving oxygen to the case.

"I am actually a really big fan of podcasts and I do listen to a lot of true crime," she said.

"I sort of encouraged [my parents] and said 'look, we haven't gotten anywhere so far, what have we got to lose by doing this podcast?'

"Ultimately it has ended in what we were all after from the beginning."

Depending on who you talk to, true-crime podcasts like The Teacher's Pet have become a way of giving a justice to the voiceless, or providing a roadblock to investigators.

Lynette Dawson's family 'ecstatic' after cold case arrest

Lynette Dawson's family 'ecstatic' after cold case arrest The brother of missing Sydney mother-of-two, Lynette Dawson, said he was "ecstatic" on hearing the news that Chris Dawson was arrested this morning. Chris Dawson was taken into Queensland over the death of wife Lynette and is expected to be extradited to NSW over the coming days. Greg Simms said he was on the veranda of his Lake Macquarie home when NSW police informed them of today's explosive development. Mr Simms said he grabbed his wife and they both cried. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Chris and Lynette Dawson on their wedding day.

Mr Dawson , subject of the Teacher ' s Pet podcast , was arrested by Queensland police officers on the Gold Coast on Wednesday morning, at the request of NSW Police. The former Newtown Jets rugby league player is expected to be charged with murder . NSW detectives will apply for his extradition at

Lynette Dawson , a mother of two young children, vanished without a trace. A popular podcast on her Detectives say finding Mrs Dawson 's body is not vital to potentially bringing murder charges Image copyright SUPPLIED. Image caption The Teacher ' s Pet podcast has revived interest in the

Police yesterday said the arrest was the result of additional witnesses who came forward — two, in particular, which were "not crucial, but corroborative".

They would not reveal who the witnesses were or what new information they had, but it is believed Mr Dawson's former schoolgirl lover, Joanne Curtis, has been interviewed several times over the years.

But in the age of the podcast, there is no doubt that the media's role in reporting crime has changed forever.

"I see true-crime podcasts as a platform for more of an in-depth look in the justice system," University of Technology Sydney law professor Thalia Anthony told the ABC.

"Although we have to be careful we don't tip the balance too far one way or the other, there is no doubt it provides increased accountability on our justice system and police.

"And they've had a lot of good results."

Was the Lynette Dawson murder arrest sparked by The Teacher's Pet podcast?© Provided by ABC News Chris and Lyn Dawson were high school sweethearts. Serial, Trace podcasts spark second glances

The public's morbid fascination with true crime is nothing new, and much has been said about the power of podcasts covering cold cases.

Dawson to face NSW court for wife's death

Dawson to face NSW court for wife's death The husband of missing Sydney mother Lynette Dawson is expected to face court charged with her murder. Chris Dawson, 70, was arrested on a warrant and hauled before a Queensland court on Wednesday almost four decades after his wife was last seen alive. His extradition to NSW was granted and he is expected to be put on a plane and flown to Sydney on Thursday morning and then formally charged with his wife's 1982 murder. "We've been waiting for 36 years for something like this to happen," Ms Dawson's niece Renee Simms told Ten Network on Wednesday. "For it to finally happen it almost doesn't seem real yet to me.

A popular podcast , The Teacher ' s Pet , brought global attention to the case this year. Image copyright SUPPLIED. Image caption Lynette Dawson , a mother of two, was last seen in 1982. Since May, more than 27 million people have listened The Teacher ' s Pet podcast , which is produced by

A popular podcast , The Teacher ' s Pet , brought global attention to the case this year. Image copyright SUPPLIED. Image caption Lynette Dawson , a mother of two, was last seen in 1982. Since May, more than 27 million people have listened The Teacher ' s Pet podcast , which is produced by

Many podcasts have flung open previously shut doors.

Just this week the Victorian Coroner reopened the investigation into the 38-year-old case of Maria James, whose murder was the subject of ABC's Trace podcast series.

Former detective Ron Iddles only had praise for Trace: "When a podcast gets 3 million downloads that is a new initiative that needs to be seriously looked at as a way of solving unsolved cases".

Further abroad, the Serial podcast brought unprecedented attention to the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of murdering his ex high-school sweetheart in Baltimore in the United States.

Fresh evidence uncovered by the series led to a retrial being granted, which is currently under appeal.

Proving the podcast's high value in the hunt for clues, police in California this year created the Countdown to Capture series in the hope of tracking down a man charged with his wife's murder.

And clues they do produce, with the number of anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers on podcast cases booming.

Cold case roadblocks

Speaking on the anticipated trial of Mr Dawson and the impact of the popularity of The Teacher's Pet, Law Society of New South Wales councillor Thomas Spohr said the risk of "unfair publicity" was an issue the law has mechanisms to deal with.

"For example, fairly high-profile people get charged with crimes and the system is capable of dealing with that," Mr Spohr said.

"The biggest issue [that] besets these sorts of trials tends to be about the unavailability of witnesses because of the passing the time, or if lawyers can't find documents, rather than the fact it's been in the media."

According to Ms Anthony, the true-crime podcast — when done in a balanced journalist manner — was a powerful new element in the search for justice.

However, it did come with some negatives.

"It's inevitable they (podcasts) will only focus on an 'ideal victim', which helps with the story," she said.

"And there are many, many stories that don't make it through the 'media gatekeeper'."

Chris Dawson in court accused of murder.
Chris Dawson is due to front a Sydney court where he is expected to apply for bail after he was charged with allegedly murdering his wife almost 40 years ago.

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