Whilst I would eagerly follow “Bowraville” and the Kiwi “Black hands” podcasts, most of ” The Teacher’s pet” dragged, with a total of 24 hours, it was far too long to binge.
Episode One – Did Lyn Dawson appear in a Cornish episode of the “Antiques roadshow” decades after going missing? Joanne Curtis and her relationship with Lyn’s husband, Chris, a noted sports figure, is central to understanding what happened.
Episode Two – the 2003 inquest and “Alice”.
Episode Three – unsubstantiated gossip seems to form the basis of the podcast. Alongside regurgitated rumours there is a lack of any legal probity. This compares with Jukes material in the Daniel Morgan murder.
Episode Four – is it a missing person or murder case? Even the New South Wales police opined that Lyn was dead and had not run off to start an new life without her daughters. Missing documents bedevil the Dawson case, as with Daniel Morgan and “Operation Abelard II” plus “Crategate” and Det Ch Supt Fiona MacCormack’s (Grenfell Tower) carelessness.
Episode Five – phone bugging of Chris Dawson and his twin brother, compare and contrast to the Morgan murder and bugging of “Southern Investigations” office. The hounding by the media of the Dawson family and that of Jonathan Rees and the Vian brothers deflects nicely from shoddy policing.
Episode Six – there are disparities in Chris Dawson’s account of his wife Lyn disappearing, that she “ran off”. If murdered, then where is her body?
Episode Seven – how much veracity can be ascribed to “Alice”?
Episode Eight – for one of the few functioning anglophone democracies in the world, Australia is often typified by Ocker policing. From “Bowraville” to the Lynette Daley murder, aboriginal lives do not matter. The police in the Lyn Dawson case do not cover themselves in glory. The podcast made some errors, ombudsman is Danish, not Swedish and MI5/6 ensured that the Etaples mutiny of 1917 still cannot be disseminated. The podcast touched on rank in policing, it made me reassess whether John Yates should have his reputation rehabilitated. At his rank, how much time could he realistically ascribe to informers such as Det Con “Reds” Haslam? The onus of proving Haslam’s wild allegations must fall on more junior ranks such as Det Ch Supt Dave Cook and Haslam’s other handler, Wood.
Episode Nine – the Dawson family move to Queensland. No, really, that is all in a one hour section. Cardigan dug up. No corpse found at Bayview.
Episode Ten – how much veracity can be accorded to Joanne Curtis? The theory Dawson propagated was that his missing wife Lyn ran off to a religious commune. She never evinced any prior interest in spirituality.
Episode Eleven – a pity that Mr Thomas does not know the difference between paedophile and ephebophile. Joanne Curtis was sixteen at the time. Ask either HRH the Duke of York or Peter Jukes for clarification.
Episode Twelve – tumbleweed, zzzzz.
Episode Thirteen – the cardigan reappears yet no forensic evidence ties Dawson to his disappeared/murdered wife. Bugging, used as a strategy to gain a confession. Ivan Milat added in a bizarre attempt to pad out the podcast. Joanne Curtis testimony to the first inquest, she has as little credibility as embezzler Jean Hatchet/Vonny Watts/Radstone.
Episode Fourteen – the DPP were inept in extremis. A clairvoyant is brought in to assist. Also the Vince O’Dempsey (McCulkin murders) trial and conviction. Even after more than 40 years justice was finally served, a message, if ever one was needed regarding the Morgan murder.
Episode Fifteen – still no evidence or prof but it boils down to a few scenarios. Either Lyn Dawson disappeared intentionally or was murdered A. By a total stranger (rare) or B. By her husband, Chris.
Episode Sixteen – the 2018 arrest of Chris Dawson. As with the Daniel Morgan and Stephen Lawrence cases, shoddy policing is centre stage. Ocker policing at its most venal.