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The Teacher’s Pet: ‘The Moment I Realised My Dad Murdered My Mum’

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Shanelle Dawson was just four years old when her mother disappeared and was convinced by her father for decades that her mum didn’t love her or her younger sister anymore. The truth is Chris murdered Lyn and moved his 17 year old girlfriend into their family home just two days later.

Shanelle spent her entire life looking for answers and being manipulated.

The Teacher’s Pet podcast series unearthed compelling evidence which led to the case being reinvestigated in 2018 and Chris’ arrest, conviction and sentence to life in jail.

In this conversation Shanelle speaks to Mia about what it was like growing up in that house, her relationship with her family now, the chilling things multiple psychics told her and her powerful victim impact statement.

Shanelle’s written a book about her search for answers, it's called My Mother’s Eyes.


Listen to Hedley Thomas on True Crime Conversations here.

The Teacher's Accuser podcast by The Australian is available here.

Shanelle is passionate about raising money for Women's Community Shelters and advocating for victims of domestic violence. 

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Host: Mia Freedman. You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her newsletter here.

Executive Producer: Kimberley Braddish 

Audio Producer: Madeline Joannou

Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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