At least 25 Australians have been convicted of murder despite the bodies of their victims never being found. This week ex-teacher Chris Dawson joined them.
No body? Still no getting away with murder
There’s a widespread misconception amongst killers that if you get rid of the body you can get away with murder.
But that’s not always the case, particularly in Australia.
Christopher Dawson learned this the hard way on Tuesday when he was found guilty of murdering his wife Lynette in January 1982, despite her body never being discovered.
The 74-year-old former teacher and rugby player has now spent his first days behind bars for the crime, which a judge found was motivated by his deep animosity toward his wife whom he saw as an obstacle to his unseemly relationship with a teenage student.