Chris Dawson’s secret love notes to ‘topless’ babysitter who said she later became his ‘sex slave’

Chris Dawson’s secret love notes to ‘topless’ babysitter who said she later became his ‘sex slave’

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The former schoolgirl who became intimately involved with Chris Dawson in the year before his wife was allegedly murdered has told the court how she became his ‘slave and sex slave’.

The woman known as JC said she had become resentful while aged only 18 at having to care for Dawson’s two daughters, after his wife Lynette Dawson disappeared in January 1982 and she was moved into the marital home.

She said Dawson himself never brought up subject of his wife’s whereabouts and it never came up in conversation unless she mentioned it.

‘It didn’t come up at all unless I got so cranky and asked when is she coming back, that I was 18, I was taking care of two children, having to learn to cook, to clean, to be the substitute housekeeper, sex slave, stepmother, babysitter, slave, just a slave,’ she said.

The court was shown photos of JC wearing Lynette Dawsons clothes, and photos of her own wedding to Dawson in 1984, which lasted for six years before she left him in 1990.

The court also released cards and notes Dawson left in JC’s schoolbag in the year that the schoolgirl – who was half Dawson’s age – went to live at the family home and swim topless in front of his wife in the family pool.

The secret love messages, released on Thursday by the NSW Supreme Court during the murder trial of former PE teacher and football star Dawson, had been kept for 40 years by JC .

Cards addressed to ‘Petal’ and ‘Bub’, Dawson’s nicknames for the woman now known as JC, and one is signed by him ‘Love Always God’, the name Dawson used for himself to disguise the fact he was romancing a 16-year-old

This was despite the fact Dawson told the schoolgirl who became his second wife to destroy them. 

The court heard on Thursday that Dawson gave the girl the romantic cards in the same year he drove her in her school uniform over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to a hotel and told her afterwards he had planned to hire a hitman to kill his wife.

 ‘(When he came out) he said “I went inside to get a hit man to kill him but then I decided I couldn’t do it because innocent people would be hurt”,’ the former schoolgirl, known only as JC said in evidence.

The cards Dawson gave the teen on Valentines Day, her birthday and at Christmas, have greeting card images of romantic couples and proforma greetings like ‘All I need in all my my life is all your love’, ‘I wuv you’ and one is signed off by him with ‘Love always, God’.

They are addressed to ‘Petal’ and ‘Bub’, Dawson’s nicknames for the woman now known as JC, and  ‘God’ is the name Dawson used for himself to disguise the fact he was romancing a 16-year-old.

JC said Dawson called her ‘Petal’, himself ‘God’ and pledged they would be together forever at a time when his wife was still alive, but vanished soon afterward

Romantic cards to the teenage schoolgirl who told the court on Thursday that  in the same year he drove her in her school uniform over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to a building site and told her afterwards he had planned to hire a hitman to kill his wife

For a 1981 card Dawson addressed the envelope to, ‘The most beautiful girl in the world on her 17th B’day’ and wrote on the card inside under a proforma greeting ‘Happy birthday my little chickadee!’.

The words he hand wrote were ‘To my lovely beautiful Bub. Hoping today is a very happy one and knowing we will share all the birthdays to follow. All my love forever XXX’.

In a 1981 Valentines Day card, he wrote , ‘To my lovely beautiful (JC). The happiness have given me will be with me forever’, and he also enclosed photos of himself.

In a Christmas 1980 card, when JC was aged 16, Dawson allegedly called her by his pet name for her, ‘Petal’ and wrote, ‘Love always, God’ which JC said he often used to disguise his identity in love notes to her, because ‘it was 1980 and I was 16’.

A Happy Valentines Day car from Chris Dawson to the schoolgirl who had turned 17 days earlier an din the same year he moved her into his marital home before his wife Lynette vanished

Dawson told JC his wife Lyn (above with their daughter) had voluntarily left the marital home but JC found her diamond rings and a wardrobe full of her clothing 

Other cards have  images of naked little girls with voice bubbles saying ‘Without you asround to wuv, I go to pot’ and ‘in case I haven’t told you lately, I WUV YOU’ .

Inside the card, Dawson had written ‘all my love forever’.

JC  said Dawson had left love notes in her schoolbag while she was at biology class in the year before he allegedly murdered his wife.

Now aged in her late 50s, JC told the court that after the trip to tyhe building site when Dawson mentioned the hit man, she had tried to end their relationship but he had told her he ‘missed me terribly and couldn’t live without me’.

JC said by early January 1982 she had gone off to live with her sister, then stayed with friends at South West Rocks from where she was retrieved by Chris Dawson on January 10 or 11.

‘The only one time he brought up Lyn Dawson, he said Lyn’s gone, she’s not coming back, come back to Sydney and help me look after the children,’ hse said.

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 left love notes like the one above in the schoolbag of JC every time she went to biology class, even though she was a 16-year-old and half his age

JC was taken back to the Dawson family home at Gillwinga Drive and from then on she slept in Lyn Dawson’s marital bed.

In side the closets in that bedroom were ‘Lyn’s underwear’ and a ‘wardrobe bursting to overflowing’ with her clothes, Lyn’s ‘diamond rings’ and possibly her nursing badge. 

In the days and weeks afterwards ‘the clothes were all put in green garbage bags with the view to taking them to her mother’s .. I was allowed to keep anything I wanted, a couple of tops, some pants, I didn’t give it a second thought.

Chris Dawson told schoolgirl JC that his wife Lynette (above the Dawson couple with their daughter) she had gone of to join a religious group in January 1980, when police allege she was murdered 

If JC asked where Lyn was he told her ‘she went away with religious people’ but ‘I thought it always was a fob off. It was too hard for me, I was a child, I couldn’t look after two children. 

The onetime Cromer High School student on Sydney‘s Northern Beaches had earlier told the court that Dawson, who was then a PE teacher twice her age, had eyed her up ‘in the playground’ from when she was 15.

‘He told me he had seen me in the playground the year before when I was 15 and he’d like to get to know me because he was attracted to me,’ the woman known as JC told the court.

‘I believe he deliberately tried to take my class the following year.’

She said Dawson had put his hand on her leg at a school athletics carnival, had with his twin brother Paul both lied to their wives to to drink with schoolgirls at the local Time and Tide Hotel, and kissed her in the Dee Why car park while giving her driving lessons.

Dawson, 73, is standing trial in the NSW Supreme Court accused of murdering his wife, who disappeared in January 1982, aged 33.

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

A court has heard how Chris Dawson called a student at his former high school ‘petal’ and that he wooed her with secret love letters left in her schoolbag

Dawson’s legal team has argued at the trial that he might have failed his wife as a husband, but he did not kill her.

JC told the court that in 1980, Dawson had bought the 16-year-old two different schoolbags, in which he left love notes.

‘He used to leave notes of love and affection in may bag when I went to biology,’ JC told the court.

‘When I left the relationship in 1990, he said I should destroy all those notes. I destroyed most of them.’

But she said of ‘the rest’, ‘I kept the originals for 40 years.’

The love letters tendered at the trial included a card Dawson gave JC on her 17th birthday, signed by him ‘Happy Birthday XXX’ and a Happy Valentine’s Day 1981 card.

Asked how that made her feel at the time, JC said, ‘I felt loved’, which was ‘quite different’ to her home life, where her stepfather was physically attacking her mother.

JC told the court she would spend the night at Dawson’s home while she was hired to babysit his children.

Asked what she thought the birthday card meant, JC said she thought it meant ‘that he expected to share every birthday together – that we would be together forever’.

Chris Dawson and his wife Lynette married and had two children, but she vanished without trace aged 33 in early 1982 after he had begun an affair with schoolgirl JC

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

When she was forced out of home after the stepfather hit her, Dawson had offered her a room at his house, and although Lynette ‘was very welcoming’ she soon noticed his cruel taunts to his wife, the court heard.

She said Dawson would ‘sing songs to her that were cruel, put her down, songs with double meanings, maybe it was to impress me … about her unattractiveness’.

She said in one of those songs he called her ‘Fatso … and laughed about it’.

The court heard Dawson made Lynette sleep by giving her alcohol so he could have sex with JC.

‘Chris Dawson would want me to have sex with him … in the bedroom I was designated,’ she said.

JC told the court about how she would swim in the family swimming pool of the Dawson house topless because that ‘was the fashion’ at the time.

She said the pool was immediately surrounded by brick tiling, but the rest of the land around it was ‘just dirt’, which after rain, turned muddy and cascaded dirty water down into the pool.

The swimming pool at the Dawson home where JC swam topless was surrounded by brick tiles and lots of dirt which became muddy after rain and emptied into the pool

Lynette Dawson (above in the yard of the family home) with one of her daughters before she disappeared in January 1982, aged 33

JC said in about October 1981, while Dawson was in hospital having nose surgery, Lynette confronted her at home and said, ‘you’ve been taking liberties with my husband’.

Asked what JC thought that meant, she said, ‘she realised there was something more going on than… that we were in a sexual relationship’.

JC said she stayed at the Dawsons’ home where she said Dawson was distant to his wife. 

Asked by Mr Everson how many times after that she saw Lynette Dawson, JC replied, ‘Never’.

Precious family photos that were taken shortly before Lynette vanished from Sydney’s Northern Beaches 40 years ago were shown in court on Tuesday, The Australian reported.

The last photo of Lynette Dawson (pictured with arms folded near centre) before she disappeared in January 1982 was shown to court on Wednesday 

One image from Christmas 1981 shows the mother-of-two at a festive celebration, standing with her arms folded.

On it, her heartbroken mother Helena Simms’ wrote: ‘The last photo of my Lyn’.

On Tuesday, Mr Everson read dairy entries, penned by Mrs Simms, to the court detailing conversations with her daughter in the months leading up to her disappearance.

In one diary extract from January 6 in 1981, Ms Simms recounted a Christmas party at her house attended by Mr and Ms Dawson.

The court heard that the entry read: ‘Chris said again ‘I only want to look after my two little girls!’ I said ‘what about Lyn?’ He said: ‘she’s in the kitchen where she belongs’.’

Another diary entry read to the court Ms Simms note that ‘Lyn wants Chris to see a doctor to see what is making him so angry.’

A third entry read to the court – a year after Ms Dawson, 33, disappeared in January of 1982 – said Mr Dawson came to her house to drop off Lynette’s belongings in ten black garbage bags.

Another family photo provided to court shows Chris and Lynette in 1979

Helena Simms, (pictured left) the mother of alleged m urder victim Lynette Dawson, kept a diary documenting the treatment of her daughter at the hands of her husband Chris Dawson

The former Newtown Jets rugby league player and high school teacher was reportedly ‘sick’ of having the bags in his study and had packed items such as Ms Dawson’s gardening gloves, nursing uniform and badge and a garter that she wore on their wedding day, the court heard that an entry read.

Also on Tuesday, the court heard Ms Dawson was greatly distressed before she vanished after becoming ‘cowered’ by her husband.

Ms Dawson’s sister Patricia Jenkins testified at the trial on Tuesday and told the court her sister ‘didn’t know what the future was going to be’.

The court heard that Ms Dawson initially appeared to have a happy marriage, but by 1981 there were tensions in the Bayview home about the presence of JC, a high school student babysitter who Mr Dawson was reportedly dating.

It was told tensions eased when Mr Dawson left the family in late 1981 but that Ms Dawson had little money and ‘didn’t know what the future was going to be’.

‘She was in great distress, I could tell by her voice,’ Ms Jenkins said.

Alleged murder victim Lynette Dawson was greatly distressed according to her sister Patricia Jenkins (pictured) before she vanished in January of 1982 from Sydney’s northern beaches

She agreed Ms Dawson was intelligent, made independent decisions and stood up to people, but said ‘I think she was cowered’ by Mr Dawson by 1981.

Quizzed in court over whether Ms Dawson could have needed a break from what was going on in the household, her sister conceded it was a remote possibility.

‘There’s always that little bit of hope you’re going to find her,’ she said.

Earlier, Ms Jenkins in her evidence became emotional, but declined a break in proceedings, when recalling a conversation with her sister a day or two before Christmas 1981 in which she was told that Mr Dawson had left the family.

The witness said Ms Dawson told her she came home to find a note on the bed from Mr Dawson that said: ‘Don’t paint too dark a picture of me to the girls’.

She said her sister told her Mr Dawson’s clothes and pillow were gone and that ‘she didn’t know if Chris was coming home again or not’, causing her to be upset.

Ms Dawson told her she later said to the girls their father had gone on holiday and gave each of them a kiss and said it was from him, Ms Jenkins told the court.

She also testified her sister told her she was worried about Mr Dawson’s health due to him being angry at her, and thought there may be a physical cause.

Ms Jenkins said she spoke of her husband’s ‘black eyes flashing’, trying to give him a hug but being pushed away, and him giving her ‘such a dirty look’.

The Crown claims Mr Dawson, now 73, killed his wife and disposed of her body because of an affair with one of his students, known as JC

The last time Ms Jenkins talked to her sister was on New Year’s Day 1982 when Ms Dawson told her of a ‘sad Christmas’ and a yacht party that Mr Dawson attended.

‘I’ve not seen her since then, not heard from her since then,’ Ms Jenkins said.

Also on Tuesday, Ms Jenkins conceded listening to the The Teacher’s Pet podcast and meeting with its creator Hedley Thomas.

‘It was very overwhelming to listen to it,’ Ms Jenkins said.

On Monday, the trial heard from Julie Andrew, a friend and neighbour of the alleged victim, who testified she saw Mr Dawson standing over his crying wife, screaming at her and shaking her shoulders in their backyard in late 1981 – weeks before she disappeared.

The judge-alone trial continues.

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