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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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Frannie Billings

Im sure Debra got her smarts from her mother. Geez! How can you love everyone after they murder your child and testify to help him not be prosecuted. Crazy. Straight nuts.

Feb 18th
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Nancy Williams

This story is infuriating...she LET HIM COME BACK. Its not "baffling" as the narrator exclaims, it's just plain old gullible and moronic. The women who fell for this shit had multiple red flags, they decided to ignore logic and better judgement. "Dirty John" is a straight up asshole, but the women who fell for his horseshit are unbelievable...pills, lies, police reports, no family contact, no home address he can prove, not a vehicle, friend or job in sight...ugh.

Feb 15th
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Shanice Meikle

Now I get why Debra is so dumb and gullible... it's the mother. This episode was hard to listen to.. smh

Feb 13th
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Jessica Ruggiero

spoiler alert!

Feb 3rd
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Lea S

I hate this woman. Debra needs help.

Feb 3rd
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Nayeli A. Guerrero

I can't stand the mother.

Feb 3rd
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Andrea Ann

This was a fabulous podcast! although I could have done without the political slant.

Feb 2nd
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张导演

大家好

Feb 2nd
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张导演

张导演 听不太懂,但我会努力的

Feb 2nd
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Brandy Larison

I enjoyed it!

Jan 30th
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S'mores

My uncle was like Dirty John. Women would knock on my aunt's door and tell her she could live with them when they got married. she would ask them who they thought she was. They said, his sister... LOL! But she'd stay with him despite all the red flags. He would get drunk and beat her senseless...one time when I was a kid, I spent the night with her. He came home in the early morning hours and beat her with a hose until she was black and blue. My mom and dad would beg her to leave but she'd always go back. He was a con man, and had people after him all the time. One time in Miami he got burried up to his neck in sand at the beach and left for the tide to come in to kill him. Someone came and dug him out in time, unfortunately. He told my mom (his sister) that he wanted her to come down to Florida to see him. When she came what he really wanted was for her to give him money and help him move before the people who were after him killed him. Despite everything my aunt stayed with him, she worked...no surprise, he did not unless it was illegal work...he was always scamming. My aunt finally got MS and he found a new woman to believe his crap. In fact, he tried to get my aunt committed to St. Elizabeth's in DC. one of the worst and most dispicable aslylums in the US. He couldn't get enough people convinced she was crazy. She was naive, but not crazy. The last time I saw him I had stopped by my aunt's house to check on her. He was there trying to empty the house of anything valuable. She was in a wheel chair at this point and he was about to slap her in the face. I stepped in front of him...he raised his hand to me, but I told him I was not my aunt and he'd pay dearly! My aunt eventually died of cancer...in her last days she still would say she loved him and would put his picture out discreetly. Her wealthy aunt had bought him off with $30K to go away. He didn't come back. I heard he made the woman who was a nurse and tried to help him commit my aunt miserable and that he mistreated her daughter horribly. In the end a cousin told me he got Alzheimer's. He's probably dead. I was so embarrassed to be his biological niece. He hurt so many women and deserted at least 6 children that I know of. I don't like it when people say it could happen to anyone. I adored my aunt, but she like the woman in the story refused to see the many, many red flags. I think women get addicted to men like this...it's more than co-dependency. It's an addiction unlike any other where these women, despite being intelligent, successful, hard-working business women...just can't live without a man. I think they like the drama in their lives and the idea that they are the woman who can change a man like Dirty John. Think again! They are easy targets and no amount of hard core evidence will budge them from their man once they fall under the spell. One of three things will happen...if they are lucky the devil will tire of them after getting all their money...or they will die or the devil will die trying to kill them or someone they love. Usually it's one of the first two options :(. My brother said it best...."Uncle Tom is like a bad penny that just keeps coming back!"

Jan 27th
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Danielle Marsh

ugh. this woman drives me nuts.....

Jan 21st
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Attila Rahman

ed

Jan 20th
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Lisa Lawson

10 NEON.20.18. GOD

Jan 18th
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j nut

the actress that played Terra sounds like a fucking retarded two year old

Jan 18th
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j nut

wow John you let some wimpy five foot two broad kick your ass in the end, you're pathetic

Jan 18th
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brown sugah

Love this podcast and just watched all the TV episodes

Jan 15th
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Tracey Mrachek

wow!! I'm somehow courageously sending out this invisible post stating that i, too, am dealing with a dirty john who seems completely unstoppable...but he has yet to acquire a record. seems the crazy-maker will continue on to do major damage. So scary.

Jan 14th
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Erin Nicole

I'm confused...listed to dr death first...maybe that's why this is bad

Jan 14th
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shikha sourav

very good podcast. I loved it. I started today and not stopped listening.

Jan 10th
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Natasha Williams

awesome job

Jan 10th
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