Identical Twin of Chris Dawson Accused Babysitter-Turned-Second-Wife of Murdering Lynette Dawson
The twin brother of a 74-year-old Australian man on trial for the murder of his first wife 40 years ago thinks his brother’s second wife is the real killer. Chris Dawson is accused of the 1982 disappearance and alleged murder of his wife Lynette Dawson, with whom he had two children.
Dawson went on to marry the couple’s babysitter, who is known only in court as JC, was also a student at the school where he taught and had a child with him. Prosecutors are trying to prove that Dawson killed his wife to engage in an “unsustainable relationship” with the babysitter. The two married in 1984 and separated six years later.
Thursday, the court heard Dawson’s twin brother Paul, who said his second sister-in-law had reason to “remove” her first sister-in-law and, in fact, once threatened to do so. “If Lyn was murdered, JC has a motive, JC has more to gain and JC has achieved more than Chris ever gained from their relationship,” Paul Dawson told the court.
The defendant’s twin also told the court a conversation he had with family friend Elva McBay, according to ABC Australia News. McBay, who did not testify personally, told Paul Dawson that the missing wife, who was never found, had confronted the babysitter. Annoyed, Lynette Dawson told her how the babysitter threatened her that if she “gets in the way” she will “get rid of her.”
Earlier, the court heard from a friend of Lynette Dawson’s how her husband Chris Dawson “strangled her” while they were in an elevator on their way to a couples counseling home. The friend, Annette Leary, told the court, “If this doesn’t work, I’ll remove you.” Other friends testified saw scratches on Lynette Dawson’s arm in the weeks before her disappearance.
Chris Dawson insists his wife left the family of her own accord and is likely still alive.
The court also heard an interrupted conversation between the twins, in which Paul said, “You’re not the type to do this. Anyone who knows you knows that,” Paul may have been. said to his brother, “If someone has a motive, [J.C.] motivated,” according to reporters in the courtroom.
Paul Dawson also testified how JC mistreated older children (whom she used to babysit), refusing to pick them up from school while caring for the child she had with the current murder suspect. different baskets,” he told the court. “They have to get out of the pool if her daughter wants to get in.” He also said that the babysitter’s second wife would pull their eldest daughter’s hair while combing it too tightly “their scalp would bleed.”
JC testified in court that her husband would in fact not allow her to discipline the girls she used to babysit. “I was only allowed to treat them like little princesses,” she told the court, according to press reports. “If I discipline them, he will discipline me, and they come to see that I really have no authority.” She has not been charged with any crime.
She had previously told the court that Dawson had also abused her. “He groomed me and abused me and insisted that I marry him,” she said.
The trial is expected to continue for several weeks.