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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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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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Jason Wood

weird he left stuff in the open. understand the momentums deal but would have though he could have hid it better

Jan 3rd
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registeredhuman

This story is old and was covered more concisely by Dateline which benefitted greatly from images and video. This story is interesting but could have been wrapped up in far fewer episodes. As far a sound quality, Wondery produces a high quality sounding podcast. I personally find Christopher Goffard's writing overly verbose and narcissistic and his voice to be effeminent and nasal, all of which detracts from the gravity of the tale. If you have a hard-core diet of true-crime, you may want to turn away from this one, but for a beginner this might be a good entry point into the genre. 3/5 stars.

Jan 1st
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Jackie Glass

registeredhuman ???? overly verbose and narcissistic? Um...ok.

Jan 1st
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Catherine Heim-Buksar

Enjoyed this. I see victims like this every day. Not at this caliper but you would be surprised at what people will not see when they dont want to.

Dec 30th
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Vanessa Vartabedian

This was the weirdest podcast. Personally, I don't think the storytelling was done all that well... it was pretty obvious what was going to happen from the beginning and all the clues along the way just made me want to skip to the last episode and get to the predictable point. Pretty irritating subjects in the story as well. (Admittedly, I am comparing it to S-town, which is the gold standard of podcasting as far as I'm concerned.) I also think that what is missing here is a deeper look at the insecurities and damage of people who succumb to men like John. I did in my 20's. Luckily I got out of it, but it was the most excruciating, confusing and crazy making situation. Manipulation is just a way of creating a reality that suits the needs of the manipulator. However, unlike Deborah, I did not have children nor did I stay in this relationship for more than a few months. Like John, this damaged person (sociopath?) was getting dressed and going to jobs that he did not have and stealing from me and my family and friends. Any time I confronted him he lied and turned it around on me in order to make me feel crazy. And I did! Manipulators are amazing! Here's the real thing I think they're forgetting to address, both in the program and in the after show talk: For the most part, people like John don't just start out crazy - they have adapted to survive - by lying, cheating and using others in this case. So - all of this nonsense about John just being an "evil" person or Satan incarnate - is ridiculous. It seemed such an obvious cop-out by the show. We did understand that his parents were complicit in his tactics for getting through life. I'm not saying he didn't have some mental health issues, however, people with that kind of damage will do almost anything to get by. I believe it was the lawyer (?) at one point who said that John acted as if he was "entitled" to reparations from his exes. That is a clear sign of someone who feels he has been robbed by life in some way. I wouldn't be surprised if there was child sexual abuse, neglect, and a bunch of other shit that happened to this person to make them need to take it out on others. Beneath it all I think there was more pain in John than evil. The hurt done to him by others could only be relieved by inflicting hurt on others by making them pay the price for what he felt life owed him - what he felt entitled to. None of this, by the way, is an excuse for his behavior, especially as a grown man, but this is my theory/insight. People are so much more complicated, and it would have made for a much more interesting story. Why no conversation about this? Lastly, all of the ads in this program with the URL extension "DirtyJohn" is glorifying the guy! I think it's all terribly fucked-up and a real missed opportunity to get to a deeper story - and more important point.

Dec 29th
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amber hogrelius

Go Terra!

Dec 29th
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Krisha Standifer

I stabbed and killed a man, but most importantly an I going to get to go see Jason Aldean?!? WT Actual F?! this was a great podcast but seriously there's something wrong here...

Dec 28th
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Ja Na

Krisha Standifer dude she is badass and she was in shock. why the judgement?

Jan 6th
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Krisha Standifer

all the talk about, watching walking dead, Dexter, and other shows to know what to do, really strikes me as ignorant.

Dec 28th
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Rob James

Krisha Standifer I'm not sure you understand the word ignorant. a young woman likes a show and uses information from those shows to save her own life from a sociopath. How on earth could that be seen as ignorant.

Jan 10th
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Krisha Standifer

I don't know whether to think she's dumb, or feel bad for her bc she's obviously so lonely. But one thing for sure... her mother is a piece of shit!!

Dec 28th
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Luis Cardenas

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Jan 10th
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Derrick Henderson

This woman's stupidity knows no limit.

Dec 25th
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stuart richardson

Derrick Henderson I'm glad you

Jan 7th
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Shadow Bound

I am extremely grateful to hear about"coercive control" on your show! I am currently in the process of leaving an 11 year abusive relationship with a very controlling narcissist. And while researching my options, I stumbled across a uTube broadcast explaining coercive control. I can't express enough how validating it is to hear that your show is helping to spread the word about this. And for all of the listeners who are judging, please be careful, predators who are on the hunt are very hard to see and one may get close.. keep your eyes open and NEVER doubt your intuition.

Dec 24th
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Rachel Shea

Ok so I know he is presenting himself as a doctor which he was definitely not but they are very much downgrading Nurse Anesthetists. It is not a nurse with special certification. It is an advanced practice area of nursing. CRNA programs are extremely competitive and require significant experience. A CRNA a masters/doctorate level program.

Dec 22nd
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Ashley Robinson

I'm having the hardest time listening to this podcast. it's so unorganized and all over the place. first talking about Jon and then the sister. Nothing is really connected to each other.

Dec 20th
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Michelle Burkett

I find it so sad, pathetic, and irritating that there are so many comments from people talking about the women in the story being stupid. Grow up. Don't make fun of victims. You can't judge someone's actions until you have been in the same position. Even then, everyone reacts differently. instead we should be acknowledging their strength and honestly to tell their story to the world. Praise her for fighting off her attacker and defending herself. There were so many awesome take aways from this story.

Dec 19th
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inez miller

these are the dumbest people I've ever listened to in my life.....especially the mother! I can see where the daughter gets it from.

Dec 18th
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Kayla Ivery

I cant even finish this. it's so painful to hear the stupid shit these women put themselves through. allowing a man to serve a couple of years over blatantly murdering your own daughter is just absurd. Idgaf what religion you belong to. premeditated murder is what he did and that woman testified in favor of him persuading the courts to accept a plea for manslaughter?! outrageous. I have a daughter. there's nothing in this world that would keep me from holding any person accountable appropriately for hurting her, let alone killing her. and debra going back to him 😂😂😂😂😂😂 I cannot even finish listening to this pathetic story. needless to say this entire family got exactly what they had coming to them for being complete and utterly naive.

Dec 18th
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