The chilling words Chris Dawson told his teenage lover just days after his wife disappeared 36 years ago have been revealed as he continues to maintain his innocence.
Mother-of-two Lynette Dawson, 33, hasn't been seen or heard from since she vanished from her home on Sydney's northern beaches in January 1982.
At the time, Mr Dawson was a sports teacher who was having an affair with 16-year-old student Joanne Curtis, who moved into the family home days after Lyn vanished.
A Current Affair tracked down and confronted Lyn's husband Chris, the former Newtown Jets rugby league star, who now lives on Queensland's Sunshine Coast with his third wife.
It's been almost 37 years since Lynette Dawson (pictured) vanished without a trace
Schoolgirl Joanne Curtis (pictured) moved into the family home days with Chris Dawson and his two daughters just days after Lyn vanished
It has now been revealed that Ms Curtis gave an interview to police in the 1990s, in which she described the time she moved in with Mr Dawson and his daughters just days after Lyn's disappearance.
She later married and divorced Mr Dawson.
'All I know was she'd gone, he had said right from the word go "she's not coming back. Lyn's gone, she's not coming back", that's just what he said so I believed him,' she said.
A Current Affair tracked down and confronted Lyn's husband Chris Dawson (right) on the allegations that has plagued him for 36 years
Chris and Lynette Dawson on their wedding day in 1970. They later have two daughters
She also revealed Mr Dawson admitted to her at the time that he considered hiring a hitman to kill his wife but changed his mind because 'innocent people would get hurt'.
Lyn's family still believe she was murdered by a 'known' person.
Her sister Pat Jenkins told the program Lyn had been looking forward to seeing her eldest daughter's first day at school and was inviting people to her mother's upcoming surprise birthday party at the time of her disappearance.
'She said to me two weeks before she disappeared, Everyone sees Chris one day but there's dark side that nobody knows,' she said.
'And I now wonder if we ever knew him at all.'
Joanne Curtis (pictured) later married and divorced Chris Dawson
Mystery still surrounds the 1982 disappearance of mother-of-two Lynette Dawson (pictured)
The remains of a pink cardigan (pictured) found in the garden of Lyn Dawson's former home in 1998 was described by her friends as her favourite piece
Chris Dawson (pictured) played rugby league for the Newtown Jets in the 1970s
Two separate coroners' inquests in 2001 and 2003 found Mrs Dawson was murdered by someone known to her, but Mr Dawson was never charged.
The DPP has always maintained there isn't enough evidence to prosecute Mr Dawson.