When Chris Dawson (above) was abandoned by his schoolgirl wife in 1990, after six years of marriage, he wrote letters begging her to return and saying they should be together forever
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Love letters sent by accused murderer Chris Dawson to his schoolgirl wife as she fled their crumbling marriage included lines like ’till death do us part’, ‘honey come back’ and ‘oh you beautiful doll’.

The letters begged his second wife, known legally at Dawson’s murder trial as ‘JC’, to return and were written after she had left his Gold Coast ‘compound’ for Sydney with their young daughter. 

Dawson, 73, is standing trial in the NSW Supreme Court accused of murdering his wife, who disappeared aged 33. 

The Crown claims that then-high school teacher Chris Dawson killed Lynette and disposed of her body because of his affair with JC, who was one of his PE students. 

February 4, 1990

In a letter on February 4, Dawson wrote ‘we’ve both treated each other poorly’  and ‘some of my anger has been a defence of what I believed was poor treatment of S & S’, (Dawson’s daughters with his missing wife Lynette.

He also wrote ‘I’ve made mistakes, treated you poorly’ and claimed it was ‘through a frustration and fear of losing you’.

‘The unpleasant times are behind us, let’s make the happy times again?

‘I believe we won’t take each other for granted anymore … as we once vowed – “Till Death Us Do Part”.’ 

When Chris Dawson (above) was abandoned by his schoolgirl wife in 1990, after six years of marriage, he wrote letters begging her to return and saying they should be together forever

When Chris Dawson (above) was abandoned by his schoolgirl wife in 1990, after six years of marriage, he wrote letters begging her to return and saying they should be together forever

When Chris Dawson (above) was abandoned by his schoolgirl wife in 1990, after six years of marriage, he wrote letters begging her to return and saying they should be together forever

In a  letter written by Dawson on February 4, 1990, he said they still had 'a ton of love to share' and could have 'a beautiful life together ... Till Death Do Us Part'

In a  letter written by Dawson on February 4, 1990, he said they still had 'a ton of love to share' and could have 'a beautiful life together ... Till Death Do Us Part'

In a  letter written by Dawson on February 4, 1990, he said they still had ‘a ton of love to share’ and could have ‘a beautiful life together … Till Death Do Us Part’

Under cross-examination, JC told the court Dawson's letters were from a 'desperate' man and she had no wish to return to their 'prison-like' marriage in which she was 'a slave' and 'a sex slave'

Under cross-examination, JC told the court Dawson's letters were from a 'desperate' man and she had no wish to return to their 'prison-like' marriage in which she was 'a slave' and 'a sex slave'

Under cross-examination, JC told the court Dawson’s letters were from a ‘desperate’ man and she had no wish to return to their ‘prison-like’ marriage in which she was ‘a slave’ and ‘a sex slave’

February 11, 1990

Written on JC’s 26th birthday, Dawson wrote he had done ‘three loads of washing, vacuumed house, some ironing, lunch, BBQ, washed car, changed bed, towel, typed ribbons for swim carnival … folded washing, bought the papers & milk, dishwasher & scrubbed the pool’.

He then said ‘I need my “old” secretary back’, and added, ‘I pay well’, then wrote ‘we’ve had fantastic times – why don’t we focus on those and not be clouded by some bad. For 8 years (most of it) we’ve been best friends, lovers, husband and wife, father and mother’.

February 12, 1990 

A day later, Dawson wrote, seemingly in lines from songs, ‘I love you just the way you are. Honey come back …. Oh you beautiful doll …. Wish I could sleep’.

February 14, 1990 

Two days later, on Valentines Day, Dawson asked, ‘don’t I deserve some consideration? Wouldn’t you like to know or don’t you care how I am? Do you hate me that much?’ 

‘FRIENDS TALK we’ve both said,’ he added.

‘You say you don’t love me – then it should be easy to talk to me.’

March 1990 

In March, Dawson wrote ‘(JC), how can a love so beautiful turn so wrong. In both Jan and Feb you told me you loved me – what has happened since then? 

‘What about the words written by us both over eight years?’ 

Dawson said it was a ‘bastard of a feeling, it rips your guts out not to be able to communicate with you’. 

He also spoke about his daughter, asking JC to give their daughter ‘a special hug and kiss from me for my “little cutie pie”‘. 

When the letters were tendered on Monday in the NSW Supreme Court, JC – who has previously told the trial she was both Dawson’s ‘sex slave’ and his house work ‘slave’ – was cross examined by Pauline David, lawyer for the accused.

In a letter written on JC's 26th birthday, Dawson wrote, seemingly in lines from songs,  'I love you just the way you are' and 'oh you beautiful doll'

In a letter written on JC's 26th birthday, Dawson wrote, seemingly in lines from songs,  'I love you just the way you are' and 'oh you beautiful doll'

In a letter written on JC’s 26th birthday, Dawson wrote, seemingly in lines from songs,  ‘I love you just the way you are’ and ‘oh you beautiful doll’

JC  (above with Dawson and his three daughters) said about the letters that he was 'trying to entice me back with lies’ and that he was 'a desperate man that has lost something he fought so hard to have'

JC  (above with Dawson and his three daughters) said about the letters that he was 'trying to entice me back with lies’ and that he was 'a desperate man that has lost something he fought so hard to have'

JC  (above with Dawson and his three daughters) said about the letters that he was ‘trying to entice me back with lies’ and that he was ‘a desperate man that has lost something he fought so hard to have’

JC told the court ‘all of these letters’ showed Dawson was ‘a desperate man that has lost something he fought so hard to have ….. trying to entice me back with lies’.

She said at one point he was giving his two daughters dinner and ‘had two separate chairs sitting there vacant for me and (their daughter) to take. Fantasy.’

‘Writing all these things down does not make it true. That did not happen,’ she said.

‘That is desperation, he’s written this like an essay to get me back. Why would I have left the relationship if he was so loving?

‘He’s just making all this up. He would have said anything he could to try and get me to come back to the abuse and prison-like state that I lived in and I was not interested in doing that and he would not take no for an answer.’  

JC and Chris Dawson on  their wedding day when she wore a ring he had made from diamonds in missing wife Lyn's engagement and eternity rings she 'left behind'

JC and Chris Dawson on  their wedding day when she wore a ring he had made from diamonds in missing wife Lyn's engagement and eternity rings she 'left behind'

JC and Chris Dawson on  their wedding day when she wore a ring he had made from diamonds in missing wife Lyn’s engagement and eternity rings she ‘left behind’

Startling evidence at the Chris Dawson murder trial emerged late on Monday when a former childcare worker colleague told the court she saw bruises around Lynette Dawson’s neck, before she disappeared.

Annette Leary said she was at work on a Friday at Warriewood Children’s Centre, in Sydney’s north, when she saw the marks on Lyn’s neck as she changed nappies in the baby change room.

Lynette, who worked as the centre’s nurse, had earlier told Ms Leary she was having trouble in her relationship with husband Chris but believed they could be resolved by going to a marriage counsellor.

Then ‘one day’, Ms Leary saw ‘bruises on her throat,’ she told the NSW Supreme Court. 

‘She told me Chris (and she) had got into the lift to marriage counselling and he had grabbed her by the throat and shook her and said “if this doesn’t work I’m getting rid of you, I’m only doing it once”,’ Ms Leary said.

JC, who is now in her late 50s, (above) arrives to testify against her former husband, Chris Dawson

JC, who is now in her late 50s, (above) arrives to testify against her former husband, Chris Dawson

Now aged 73 and with a fractured hip, Chris Dawson attends his murder trial

Now aged 73 and with a fractured hip, Chris Dawson attends his murder trial

JC, who is now in her late 50s, (left) arrives to testify against her former husband, Chris Dawson (right) who is now aged 73 and has a fractured hip

Ms Leary said Lynette had then ‘not laughed (but) seemed to make out … pretending she didn’t think he was serious’.

The day Ms Leary said she saw the bruises was on the Friday before she vanished, with Lyn failing to return to work the following Monday. 

Another of Lynette Dawson’s work colleagues at the centre, her boss, said that Lynette had revealed she feared her husband’s interest in her was waning, during discussions in the staff room. 

The court heard that Dawson moved the schoolgirl into the home and when his wife (pictured together) fell asleep after he mixed her cocktails, had sex with the teenager in the family home

The court heard that Dawson moved the schoolgirl into the home and when his wife (pictured together) fell asleep after he mixed her cocktails, had sex with the teenager in the family home

The court heard that Dawson moved the schoolgirl into the home and when his wife (pictured together) fell asleep after he mixed her cocktails, had sex with the teenager in the family home

Barbara Crews, who hired her to work as a nurse at the centre in 1981, said she believed Lynette was being ‘naive’ about schoolgirl JC.

‘I think she felt her husband had lost interest in her, which concerned her of course … his interest in her seemed to be waning, let me put it that way,’ Ms Crews said.

‘The young lady who had been a babysitter had moved into the home, Chris had wanted to move her into the home, I remember that.

‘I remember her saying he wanted to move her into the home and I remember saying that I didn’t think it was a very good idea.

‘I thought she was fairly naive about it.’

A former childcare worker saw 'bruises on the throat' of Lyn Dawson (above with Chris) who told her he had got into the lift to marriage counselling and grabbed her by the throat and shook her and said "if this doesn’t work I’m getting rid of you, I’m only doing it once"

A former childcare worker saw 'bruises on the throat' of Lyn Dawson (above with Chris) who told her he had got into the lift to marriage counselling and grabbed her by the throat and shook her and said "if this doesn’t work I’m getting rid of you, I’m only doing it once"

A former childcare worker saw ‘bruises on the throat’ of Lyn Dawson (above with Chris) who told her he had got into the lift to marriage counselling and grabbed her by the throat and shook her and said ‘if this doesn’t work I’m getting rid of you, I’m only doing it once’

Ms Crews said on or about January 11, 1982, Chris Dawson rang her and said Lyn had gone away, ‘that she needed a break, that she just needed time to sort things out’.

Three years after Lynette vanished, she contacted the missing woman’s mother because ‘we didn’t feel Lyn had disappeared of her own free will’.

Ms Crews said Lynette ‘always seemed short of money’ and had in 1981 acquired a secret bankcard, which she didn’t want her husband Chris knowing about.

She had the statements sent to the childcare centre, rather than home.

Asked under cross-examination if Lynette had gone ‘out of her way to make herself look nice’ and ‘wanted to be attractive to Mr Dawson’, Ms Crews agreed.

The former schoolgirl who swam in the pool at Chris Dawson’s marital home admitted at his trial on Monday she had been caught by Lynette sitting on his lap in the months before she disappeared.

JC also told the court how two years later she married Dawson wearing a ring made from his allegedly murdered wife’s diamond engagement and eternity rings.

Chris Dawson is on trial for the alleged murder of his first wife Lynette (above, the couple together), who hasn't been seen since January 1982

Chris Dawson is on trial for the alleged murder of his first wife Lynette (above, the couple together), who hasn't been seen since January 1982

Chris Dawson is on trial for the alleged murder of his first wife Lynette (above, the couple together), who hasn’t been seen since January 1982

Chris Dawson's layer accused JC (above) of telling 'vicious lies' to destroy him and his family, including what the barrister said was an untrue allegation about an insurance policy forgery

Chris Dawson's layer accused JC (above) of telling 'vicious lies' to destroy him and his family, including what the barrister said was an untrue allegation about an insurance policy forgery

Chris Dawson’s layer accused JC (above) of telling ‘vicious lies’ to destroy him and his family, including what the barrister said was an untrue allegation about an insurance policy forgery 

Lynette, who shared two daughters with the former rugby player and lived in Bayview on Sydney‘s Northern Beaches, has been missing since 1982, with her husband now on trial for her alleged murder and disposing of her body.

Dawson said he last saw his wife at Mona Vale bus station on January 9 of that year, but her body has never been found and neither family, friends or her children have ever heard from her.

The Dawson home where JC said she heard a plot to forge Lyn Dawson's signature on an insurance policy and the swimming pool where she swam topless in the year she was babysitting Lyn's daughters

The Dawson home where JC said she heard a plot to forge Lyn Dawson's signature on an insurance policy and the swimming pool where she swam topless in the year she was babysitting Lyn's daughters

The Dawson home where JC said she heard a plot to forge Lyn Dawson’s signature on an insurance policy and the swimming pool where she swam topless in the year she was babysitting Lyn’s daughters

Dawson, 73, is standing trial in the NSW Supreme Court accused of murdering his wife, who disappeared aged 33.

The Crown claims that then-high school teacher Chris Dawson killed Lynette and disposed of her body because of his affair with JC, who was one of his PE students. 

Dawson’s legal team has argued that while he may have failed his wife as a husband, he did not kill her.  

The trial continues. 

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