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Dirty John

Dirty John

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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Siobhain Elyse Keleher

I'm glad they all made it out to the other side of this ridiculousness but I really worry about these people. They are like a bunch of lost puppies. Is there maybe a religious cult they can join? Power in numbers! 😂

Aug 19th
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Michelle Waterman

try listening to in the dark, this young journo is amazing, talk about intrepid

Aug 16th
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Amanda VanMeter

I had a hard time getting through this podcast. All the women of this family seem extremely stupid.

Aug 1st
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Johane Mc Duff

Again, these people are stupid beyond help!

Aug 1st
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Johane Mc Duff

Jesus fucking Christ, this woman is stupid beyond fixing.

Aug 1st
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Maggie Williams

women like her deserve everything they get

Jul 20th
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Stacey M. Halbrook

The more episodes and the deeper into an episode the more I bug my eyes out, shake my head and drop my jaw. This lady is beyond naive and has no self respect or a motherly instinct!!!

Jul 6th
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Stacey M. Halbrook

sorry, but this woman is not smart and she gets it from her mama! it's a shame and just jaw dropping. religious B.S. You can forgive someone for your own peace, but still make sure they go to jail and pay! Forgiving does not mean forgiving to the point of being a fool!!!

Jul 6th
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Mounder Blue

Awesome

Jun 30th
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Francesca King

I think what people forget is Debra was raised in a highly religious family that valued forgiveness as a way to be closer to God's moral law. She also was sheltered. She didn't have a lot of street smarts when it came to people like John. Plus, when you factor in she had a propensity to see only the good in people and she'd already been married numerous times so her self esteem was very low which made her very vulnerable to manipulation. People are at their most vulnerable when they fall in love, I think that's why it's hard to accept "wait, I got it wrong again?" Each time a relationship failed she took it as a defeat and a defect of herself. When she was in that mode she couldn't think logically "maybe I need to pick better men and take more time to get to know them." Furthermore, I think her tendency to be a hopeless romantic, the fact she had reached her 50s which caused her to fear dying alone and her living in a bubble were a recipe for disaster. I throughly enjoyed it and hope women who hear this won't ignore the warning signs. Finally, it's okay to be alone and it's okay to date however use caution when dating.

Jun 26th
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Bety Beam

So good. couldn't stop listening.

Jun 26th
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Francesca King

It seems to me that John knew her buttons. He didn't have to hit her. He used her emotions against her. He isolated her like most abusive people do. He made it so he was her only lifeline. The guy was a genius at mind games.

Jun 26th
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Francesca King

I'm sorry, there's a difference in forgiveness and exacting deserved punishment. One thing I've never understood about Christianity is that murder is an unforgivable sin yet forgivable.

Jun 26th
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💚JUPITER💚

uugggghhh y couldn't he just get killed in jail 😡

Jun 20th
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Harry Buns

has to be in top 5 crime podcast of all time.

Jun 19th
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Missy Johnson

I'm enjoying the podcast app

Jun 14th
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Ross H

enjoyed the podcast. Mixed feelings re the protagonist of the podcast and how she protected her kids but...anyway, no spoilers, listen and make your own mind up.

Jun 13th
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Sunny Days

This is good stuff!!

Jun 12th
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Meghan Wishart

pathetic woman. deserves all she got. she's weak. her bloodline is weak.

Jun 8th
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Ruben Gregory Ramos

love it, BUT...no ability to rewind or fast forward is a problem

Jun 7th
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