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New Details About The Teacher's Pet Podcast — And The Man Who Was Just Arrested For The Decades-Old Murder

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New Details About The Teacher's Pet Podcast — And The Man Who Was Just Arrested For The Decades-Old Murder

The man who has long been suspected in the unsolved disappearance of a 33-year-old Australian woman has finally been arrested. 

Chris Dawson, 70, was arrested this week and is expected to be charged with the murder of Lynette Dawson. She went missing in 1982, leaving behind two young daughters and her husband, Chris. 

He didn't report his wife as missing for nearly six weeks. 

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Lynette's disappearance was the center of the popular podcast, The Teacher's Pet, which has over 27 million downloads. 

Only days after Lynette went missing, Chris moved a 16-year-old girl he was having an affair with into his home. He worked as a PE teacher. They later got married, but have since gotten divorced. 

Chris as always denied having anything to do with his wife's disappearance. He claims she abandoned him and their family for a religious group. 

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"There is clear and uncontested evidence that Lyn Dawson was alive long after she left Chris and their daughters," a statement from Chris' family read. "We have no doubt whatsoever that Chris will be found not guilty, as he is innocent."

However, police say that there has been no trace of Lynette in 36. 

Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said that new information helped them make the arrest and that finding Lynette's body was "not crucial to finalizing the matter." 

"They were predominantly statements from witnesses that helped us tie pieces of the puzzle together," he said. "We're certainly hoping an interview with this 70-year-old man who's currently in custody in Queensland will assist us with the outcome of where the body may be."

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Emily Blackwood is a writer and editor living in California. She covers all things news, pop culture and crime.