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An Australian man was found guilty of murdering his wife on Tuesday true crime podcast In 2018, he paid a lot of attention to work.
The judge found that 74-year-old former high school teacher Christopher Dawson he killed his wife Lynette Dawson in 1982.
At the time of his wife’s murder, Dawson was having an extramarital affair with the 16-year-old nanny of their two daughters, ages 2 and 4. According to a 2003 lawsuit called for an investigation. She was a former student and moved in with teenager Christopher Dawson days after Lynette Dawson disappeared. They got married when they turned 18 and separated four years later.
Hedley Thomas, investigative reporter Australian newspaper, mentioned this incident in his podcast “Teacher’s Pet”.
ON THE SUBJECT OF THE ‘TEACHER’S ANIMAL’ PODCAST, a man accused of murdering his wife in 1982 moved in with his student when his wife went missing.
Dawson, a former professional rugby player turned high school teacher, waived his right to a jury and asked to be tried by a judge, citing the podcast’s large audience, Australian court records show.
Thomas did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday afternoon – early morning local time.
The conviction was “40 years overdue,” hey wrote in the essay published after the verdict.
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“It was a hopelessly one-sided spectator affair,” he said of the proceedings. “Pretty much everyone there wanted to see Dawson in handcuffs before dinner.”
The podcast attracted a global audience of around 60 million and the case was revisited. Australian police arrested Dawson In December 2018 at his home in Queensland.
Dawson reported his wife missing in February. 18, 1982, according to New South Wales police. But his last known contact was more than a month ago, in January, when he spoke to his mother. 8. They made plans for dinner the next day. He did not appear.
His body has not been found.
Judge Ian Harrison said, “All the substantial evidence convinces me that Lynette Dawson died on or about January 8, 1982, and that she did not leave her home voluntarily.” said in courtThe Associated Press reports.
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He said Dawson lied about receiving phone calls from his wife after she disappeared and called the argument “ridiculous” that her family might be over.
Dawson faces life in prison.
Fox News’ Katherine Lam and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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