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Author: L.A. Times | Wondery

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Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

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Introducing Room 20

Introducing Room 20

2019-07-3000:09:139

For more than 15 years, a man named Sixty-Six Garage would lay in a nursing home bed, unidentified and unconscious. Or so everyone believed. Join reporter and host Joanne Faryon across borders and through the twists and turns of the truth until she finally uncovers who Garage really is. Listen now at wondery.fm/Room20
In 1960s Los Angeles, after the catastrophic Watts riots, an outsized character emerged — one who found an unexpected way to unite people across race and class. Odds are you’ve never heard of him—but his name, was Big Willie. Reported, written and hosted by Daniel Miller from the L.A. Times. Subscribe now at wondery.fm/LTL
From the partnership that brought you Dirty John, comes Man in the Window. Pulitzer prize winning reporter Paige St. John investigates The Golden State Killer, and traces his path of devastation through the eyes of his victims. Listen now at wondery.fm/MITW
In the last of three special episodes, Alexandra Cunningham, showrunner of the new Bravo series, offers insight into how she approached the writing of the show and its titular psychopath. Jeffrey Reiner, who directed all eight episodes, discusses the creative team’s ambition to transcend the conventions of a traditional thriller.
In the second of three special episodes, Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights,” “Nashville”) talks about playing Debra Newell in the new Bravo series, and why the story feels timely. Julia Garner and Juno Temple, who play Newell’s daughters, discuss how they came to inhabit their roles, and the show’s production designer and costume designer share details of how they helped create the characters’ worlds.“Dirty John” premieres on Bravo at 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. You can also find the original LA Times series, plus 14 other pieces of narrative journalism, in a new collection called “Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders,” by Christopher Goffard, published by Simon & Schuster.
In the first of three special episodes about the making of the Bravo limited series, Christopher Goffard talks with actor Eric Bana about his portrayal of John Meehan, and the parallels between actors and con-men.  “Dirty John” premieres on Bravo at 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. LA Times Studios is participating as a producer on the Bravo series. You can also find the original LA Times series, plus 14 other pieces of narrative journalism, in a new collection called “Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders,” by Christopher Goffard, published by Simon & Schuster.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Squarespace - Need a professional looking website? Get started today at squarespace.com/dirtyjohn and use the offer code DirtyJohn at checkout for 10% off.
Introducing Dr. Death | 1

Introducing Dr. Death | 1

2018-09-0400:12:2433

A year ago a listener of Dirty John emailed Wondery which produced Dirty John with the LA Times, with a tip about a surgeon. He said the surgeon appeared to have a lot in common with John Meehan. This is a story not just about a surgeon and the 33 patients he hurt, but about a system that failed to protect those patients at every possible turn. And It's the same system that supposed to protect you and me today. I hope you help us spread the word because it’s a story that everyone should listen to.Subscribe to Dr. Death on Apple Podcasts or visit www.wondery.com/drdeath
In the months since “Dirty John” was released, more of John Meehan’s victims have told their stories. Carolina Miranda from the LA Times interviews Christopher Goffard, Debra and Terra Newell, and John Meehan’s first wife. Plus, a panel on coercive control and a special live performance by Tracy Bonham. Recorded live at the Ace Theatre.Thank you to our sponsors:Hunt A Killer - Get 10% your subscription when you use the code DIRTY JOHN at checkout when you visit www.huntakiller.com/dirtyjohn  Quip - Get free shipping and your first refill pack free when you buy a toothbrush at www.getquip.com/dirtyjohn
Terra | 6

Terra | 6

2017-10-0800:44:06336

Jacquelyn and Terra Newell suspect that John has been watching them. When Jacquelyn tells her mother that he is in town, her mother believes she is mistaken. Jacquelyn warns Terra to carry her pocket knife. But Terra is preoccupied by a country-music concert, and she is watching for the wrong car. Subscribe today so you don't miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/dirtyjohnDo you like the music from Dirty John? To find out more, as well as find other podcasts to listen to, go to Wondery.com
Escape | 5

Escape | 5

2017-10-0700:50:43324

John finds a lawyer and plots to unleash a blizzard of lawsuits against his enemies, with the aim of proving to Debra that he is the victim, in case after case. The lawyer believes her life is in danger. As her painful isolation from her family deepens, she secretly plans her escape from the marriage. Subscribe today so you don't miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/dirtyjohnDo you like the music from Dirty John? To find out more, as well as find other podcasts to listen to, go to Wondery.com
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masoud hajian

Hi guys How can i get the transcript of this podcast?

Aug 20th
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Myst

i dated a guy with the same power of getting anyone to believe what he said. its so scary to watch someone so evil get away with so much. glad i got out when i did.

Aug 19th
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sam goodwin

Myst that would be crazy scary

Aug 19th
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Jq Baker

Let me get this straight. You can forgive a man for executing your daughter and testify on his behalf but you can't forgive your other gullible daughter's 5TH husband?

Aug 16th
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Fion Lewis

Jq Baker Good question...

Aug 16th
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Teddy Spaghetti

in my top 5.

Aug 2nd
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Nancy Loomis

This kind of seduction of desperate women by con-men always amazes me. Plus she wouldn't listen to her daughter & nephew. It just goes to show you when women rely on their emotions totally over their brains, the outcome can be tragic.

Aug 2nd
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Kayla

Nancy Loomis yes, I totally agree. The outcome can be tragic😔

Aug 2nd
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J.

yeah, she shouldn't be allowed to date; it sounds like she can't stop herself from making bad relationship decisions. She should focus on her family instead.

Jul 25th
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Doreen Perry

J. I agree. she should focus on her family

Jul 25th
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J.

I'm at a point in the podcast right before the commercial. Jacqueline said 'I knew this is it.' I know this is a serious situation, and I'm sorry to say this, but I was screaming "go shoot that mofo!!"

Jul 25th
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Lars Wood

J. Ok, get it!

Jul 25th
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J.

lady, please let me know who your advisors are for your business. I would love to hire them, because there is no way you built up your multi-million-Dollar business with your kind of judgement.

Jul 25th
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Doreen Perry

J. 🤔🤔🤔

Jul 25th
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J.

Only in America, you will find these compassionate conservatives like this woman who forgave a coward for murdering her own daughter. If you don't like this country and just want to abash us constantly, you can leave. And also, send that loser Billy to the firing squad.

Jul 25th
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Doreen Perry

J. 😒😒

Jul 25th
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J.

We had to get rid of someone like this from a company I founded; he even made it to become a c-suite executive. These so-called "hustler" scam artists should be prosecuted to the maximum of the law.

Jul 23rd
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Gloria Watson

J. 🙄🙄🤔🤔

Jul 23rd
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J.

Sounds like it's a story of a woman who repeatedly made bad relationship decisions in her life. And of course, the psychologist who thought she knew more about this lady than her kids was a female. Probably also coach a lot of her young patients to accuse rape in college.

Jul 23rd
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Fido Wood

J. I don't agree with you, you may listen again!

Jul 23rd
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Renee Woodside

It's so sad how a woman in love can be convinced of anything. I wont say anything bad about Debra. I feel sorry for her but oh my gosh you better bet I will warn my daughter about men like this.

Jul 19th
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Archie Smith

Renee Woodside really sad...

Jul 19th
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Andrea

Narrators voice is whiny and annoying so damn if I can listen.

Jul 17th
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Joanna Francis

Andrea : (

Jul 17th
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ejw o331

seriously this mother is the dumbest,weakest person I've ever heard of.

Jul 16th
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Ian Anthony Sowell

ejw o331 Most likely for plot convenience.

Jul 16th
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ejw o331

is he convincing or are you gullible and desperate.

Jul 16th
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Joanna Francis

ejw o331 Actually, a little desperate...

Jul 17th
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denis

why would he write all of this to her knowing she could use it as proof... lol. i am not sure which one of these two morons is more dumb.

Jul 12th
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denis

what the fuck is wrong with these people? he killed her daughter... my god, i’ve never wanted to slap a dumbass more.

Jul 12th
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Frances Paul

denis beats me

Jul 20th
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denis

like i know this is a serious podcast and story but i CAN’T. i am laughing so hard listening to these daughters speak. such californian stereotypes. reminds me of that SNL skit hahaha.

Jul 11th
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Sarah-Jane Percy

My upmost respect to a young girl who survived a situation that many of us might not. It doesn't matter the how's or the why's... She survived a horrible monster and a situation that she should never have had to face. She kicked ass for sure and I'm personally amazed at how such a timid and gentle girl found it in herself to fight for her life and do what she had to do to survive. Massive kudos to her. I don't understand the harsh criticism of Terra at all 😕 it seems that some people are focusing on the wrong things here however I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion even it it seems meaningless and shallow to me. It would be very easy for me to judge the Mother (I see some similarities in my own Mother which is sad) however that's not my place. Some fair comments with regards to the Mother though... I was left on many occasions wanting to give her a good shake with a strong dose of coffee....however some people are just in love with the idea of being in love. That's why it's even more amazing that Terra ended the torment for all of them. She is a hero in my eyes and ultimately her families saviour. That's the bottom line in this story. She has my full love and respect 🙏🏼😊

Jul 6th
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C

Terra was a complete badass and I'm glad she fought back!!

Jul 5th
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