The woman at the center of one of the most exciting murder mysteries in the world has revealed that she "does not look good" for her suspicious father.
Shanelle Dawson was only four years old when her mother Lyn mysteriously disappeared from her life, two days before her father's 16-year-old lover moved to the family home in Sydney.
In an explosive interview that aired on Sunday at 60 minutes, Shanelle burst into tears when asked if she believed her father's sordid lust for the teenager had seen him murder his mother.
"It does not look good for my father, I'm going to be honest to say," the 36-year-old told the program.
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Shanelle Dawson (pictured), who is at the center of one of the world's most exciting murder mysteries, revealed that "she does not look good" for her suspicious father.
Joanne Curtis (center) with Shanelle and Sherryn, her school lover, the children of Chris Dawson. Ms. Curtis takes care of the girls and then became her stepmother when she married Chris
In the photo: physical education teacher Chris Dawson. His romance with a 16-year-old student has gained worldwide fame in recent weeks
In recent weeks, the relationship of married teacher Chris Dawson with Joanne Curtis almost 40 years ago earned infamy around the world and brought the case back to the spotlight.
"It turns out that it's my family and my life … It's something incredible," Shanelle said of the sudden attention.
Mrs. Dawson has not been seen or heard since she disappeared from her home on the beaches north of Sydney in January 1982.
At that time, her husband, a sports teacher, had prepared his 16-year-old student, who moved into the family home and slipped into his marriage bed two days after his disappearance.
"It does not look good for my father, I'm going to be honest to say," said Shanelle Dawson (pictured)
Chris Dawson, now 70, lives in Mt Coolum on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. He has always denied any involvement in the disappearance of his first wife Lyn 1982 and alleged murder
Now, at 54, Ms. Curtis still lives on the beaches north of the city, where the events occurred and where she was portrayed with the now grown daughter she had with Mr. Dawson during their brief marriage.
She has not had another relationship since she separated from Mr. Dawson in 1990 and her friends describe her as a victim, a survivor, a brave woman and a "scared little girl".
The grandmother of two is one of the main themes of a 14-part podcast called The Teacher's Pet produced by The Australian newspaper that has intrigued audiences around the world.
The series has been downloaded more than 17 million times and last month it reached number 1 on iTunes podcast lists in Australia, the United States, Britain, Canada and New Zealand, which returns to make Ms. Curtis a reluctant figure of interest.
Chris and Lyn Dawson pictured on their wedding day on March 26, 1970. Mr. Dawson would marry his teenage lover Joanne Curtis in 1984 and is now in his third marriage
Joanne Curtis walks the beaches of North Sydney, 36 years after the disappearance of Lyn Dawson from her home in Bayview. Ms. Curtis has refused to be interviewed by the media
Chris Dawson was twice as old as Joanne Curtis (pictured) when they started having sex while in Year 11 at Cromer High and was a teacher there. The couple got married when he was 19
Ms. Curtis's voice appears on the podcast of a taped statement she made to the police 20 years ago, but never granted an interview to the media.
A friend told Daily Mail Australia that the popularity of the podcast had made her lose sight of Curtis, who had returned her to public attention.
"It's not very good at this time because obviously it has become this worldwide phenomenon that nobody anticipated," said the friend.
"Nobody could have predicted it, so now I feel sorry for her." She has this massive focus on her, so I think she feels a little annoyed and hunted right now.
Joanne Curtis (left) holding her grandson. Ms. Curtis lives a quiet life on the beaches of North Sydney and is concerned about the events that led to the demise of Lyn Dawson 36 years ago.
Joanne Curtis drew to the right and left with her daughter Kristen on the beaches of North Sydney last week
A team from A Current Affair faces Chris (right) and Paul Dawson last month
& # 39; In general, you know, your life is pretty good. I do not think it's easy. It is a great thing to live. She just wants to keep her head down. "
Ms. Curtis refused to speak with Daily Mail Australia when she approached him at home. "Sorry, I do not talk to reporters," he said. Thank you. & # 39;
In her statement to the police in 1998, Ms. Curtis described her seduction by Dawson, the disappearance of his wife and how she moved to her marital home just hours after her disappearance.
Two decades later, his quiet life was again disturbed by the success of the podcast, which shows that Dawson killed the mother of his two daughters, a proposition already supported by two forensics.
Lyn Dawson was a devoted mother whose family says she would never have left her two children. On the left is Lyn with her husband Chris and their daughter Shanelle. Lyn in the photo with Shanelle on the right
The old house of Chris and Lyn Dawson on Gilwinga Drive, Bayview, as it is today. Police found a pink cardigan near the pool in 2000 and intends to excavate other areas
Lyn Dawson's favorite pink cardigan (pictured) was found when police conducted a small dig in the house of the former Dawson family in Bayview in 2000. The cardigan was found near the pool
WHAT HAPPENED TO MOTHER OF TWO LYNETTE JOY DAWSON?
On January 9, 1982, Lyn Dawson made plans to meet her mother in Northbridge Baths, where her husband worked casually as a lifeguard. He told the police that he left his wife at the Mona Vale bus stop around 7 a.m. M.
Mrs. Dawson did not arrive. Instead, Mr. Dawson took a phone call that he said was from his wife, who told her that she was taking a break and that she needed to be alone.
Ms. Curtis was on vacation with her family and friends in South West Rocks on the north coast of NSW when she says that Dawson called her on 9 or 10 January.
Lynn Dawson (left) was a nurse and devoted mother of her two daughters. She met Chris Dawson (together on the right) at school. Then he went on to play the first-grade rugby league for Newtown
She told the police that Mr. Dawson said, "Lyn is gone, she is not coming back, I need you now, come and live with me and the Bayview girls.
Mrs. Curtis thinks it was the next day that Mr. Dawson arrived by car to pick her up. She returned to the Dawson family home as her lover and effectively the mother of her children, four-year-old Shanelle and two-year-old Sherryn.
He wore Mrs. Dawson's clothes and jewelry. Nobody but Mr. Dawson has claimed to have spoken with his wife since the day he disappeared.
Ms. Curtis told the police in 1998 that the situation was "very strange to everyone."
"I want to say that I tried to leave several times because I did not want to, I did not want to be in that situation with him," he said. I did not want to have a relationship with him. I wanted to get away … because I was just a child.
"They kept me in the dark and I did not realize that, for many things, I was under this kind of spell, I suppose."
When asked if his older lover had been "distressed" by the disappearance of his wife, Ms. Curtis told the police: "No, I do not think he was distressed."
"I think it was, you know, he had what he wanted," he said. "That was what he wanted, that was his, his goal was to have me and have children, have the house and not have Lyn … I was euphoric, as far as I was concerned".
Mr. Dawson told Mrs. Curtis that his wife, a soft-spoken nurse who worked part-time in a child care center, could have escaped with a cult. However, she did not take belongings with her.
He reported that his wife had disappeared six weeks after his disappearance, alleging that he had phoned him several times, and made his first written statement to the police in August of that year.
When Ms. Curtis finally left the marriage on February 1, 1990 and returned to Sydney, she went to the police with her suspicions that Mrs. Dawson was buried on the Bayview property.
Chris and Lyn Dawson on their wedding day (left) and Lyn with their daughter Shanelle (right)
She told the police that she left Mr. Dawson because she was scared and "desperately unhappy."
When asked if Mr. Dawson had ever asked him to do something "out of the ordinary" sexually, Ms. Curtis said: "Well, yes, you know … do this and you can have this & # 39;
Yes, I mean, yes, you know. If I wanted a pair of shoes, well, you know, you have to pay for that.
Chris Dawson has always denied any wrongdoing and blames his once teenage lover for fighting a campaign of lies against him.
He has said that Lyn could still be alive and has pointed to a woman in the background of a 2006 episode of the Antiques Roadshow television series with the look of his missing wife.
In his last long interview with the media, Mr. Dawson told a journalist in 2003 that the case had led him to contemplate suicide, but that deciding to commit suicide would make him look guilty.
Dawson, a former model and practical player in the Newtown Jets rugby league, has never been charged with any crime and his wife's body has never been found.
When the investigation was resumed in 2000, the police, in the company of Ms. Curtis, dug up a small area near the pool at Dawson & # 39; s Bayview house, where a disturbance had been detected in the ground.
They found the remains of a pink cardigan that is said to be Lyn's. It had been separated into panels and appeared to have been pierced with a knife in a manner consistent with the stabbing.
In 1990, 1991, 1999 and 2016 a ground penetration radar was used on the property. The excavations were carried out in 2000 and 2016 and the entire block was mapped by a funeral site expert in 2015. The corpse dogs have been dragged along the ground.
Christopher Dawson's teenage lover, Joanne Curtis, plays with her daughters Shanelle and Sherryn
The old house of the Dawson family on Gilwinga Drive, Bayview, as it is today. A pink cardigan that had belonged to Lyn Dawson was found when the police searched an area near the pool
The Commissioner of Police of New South Wales, Mick Fuller, recently revealed that investigators will return to the house to dig for the remains of Mrs. Dawson or other evidence.
Until last week, Ms. Curtis had been photographed for the last time in public in 2003, when she presented her testimony in the second investigation to determine that Dawson had killed his wife.
Despite these findings, the first was in 2001, the Director of the New South Wales Public Prosecutor's Office has so far refused to take action against Mr. Dawson.
According to the evidence in the 2003 investigation, Dawson started having sex with Joanne when she was still 16 and 32 years old.
While Ms. Curtis stays close to her daughter Kristen on the northern beaches, Dawson, now 70, lives in Queensland near Noosa with her third wife, Sue.
There is a $ 200,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of Lyn Dawson's killer. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.
Joanne Curtis (left) and her daughter Kristen (right) go for a walk in the park of the northern beaches
Lyn and Chris Dawson lived in this luxurious house in the hills above the beaches of North Sydney. Some members of Ms. Dawson's family believe that her body is buried in the property
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF LYNETTE JOY DAWSON: A CHRONOLOGY
1970: Lynette Joy Simms marries the soccer player Christopher Michael Dawson. Both are 21 years old and then have two daughters, first Shanelle and then Sherryn
1980: Dawson, who retired from the rugby league to become a physical education teacher, starts an adventure with 16-year-old Joanne Curtis at Cromer High School on the beaches of North Sydney.
1981: Dawson persuades Mrs. Dawson to let Joanne move into her home to get away from her violent stepfather and finish her High School Certificate
December 1981: Dawson and his young lover escape together to Queensland, but Mrs. Curtis changes her mind and they return to Sydney.
January 8, 1982: Mrs. and Mrs. Dawson go to marriage counseling. Ms. Dawson's mother speaks on the phone with her daughter, who is not a heavy drinker, and thinks she sounds "dazed".
January 9, 1982: Dawson says he left his wife at the Mona Vale bus stop to go shopping in Chatswood. Mrs. Dawson does not get to know her mother, husband and children in Northbridge Baths. Dawson says his wife called him and said he needed time for herself
January 10 or 11, 1982: Dawson picks up Joanne from South West Rocks, on the north coast of NSW, and she moves into his house. He reports that his wife disappeared six weeks later.
1983-85: Dawson divorces his missing wife and marries Joanne. Newlyweds move to Queensland, where Joanne has the couple's daughter, Kristen
1990: Mr. Dawson and Joanne split up. She returns to Sydney and urges the police to search her old garden for a body
2000: Ms. Dawson's pink knit jacket is found during a police dig at the former family property in Bayview
2001 and 2003: Two forensics discover that Ms. Dawson was killed by a "known person", Chris Dawson, but is not charged with any crime
2006: An episode of the British television series Antiques Roadshow is filmed in Padstow, Cornwall. Dawson later claims that a woman seen in the background of the episode could be his missing wife
2018: The police prepare another report for the Director of Public Prosecutions of New South Wales. The Australian releases his podcast, The Teacher & # 39; s Pet, on the case
Chris Dawson suggested that a woman (right) who appeared in an episode of Antiques Roadshow filmed in Cornwall in 2006 and projected in Australia in 2010 could be his wife Lyn (left)
Kristen Dawson (pictured) is close to her mother Joanne Curtis and lives on the beaches north of Sydney. She has grown up with the murder allegations that are being applied to her father Chris