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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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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

2018-09-0400:12:2432

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

2017-10-0800:44:06314

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

2017-10-0700:50:43301

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
Forgiveness | 4

Forgiveness | 4

2017-10-0500:45:41316

Debra is in hiding, living out of hotels and disguising herself with a wig. Debra fears she will meet the fate of her sister Cindi, who was killed by her husband as she tried to escape a bad marriage. John has explanations for the accusations against him. He weeps and apologizes. Three decades earlier, that had helped Cindi’s killer walk out of prison. 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
Filthy | 3

Filthy | 3

2017-10-0400:50:16386

Debra grapples with the question, “Who did I marry?” The story of John’s mysterious past unfolds through the eyes of his sisters, his law-school housemate, his ex-wife, and an Ohio cop who hunted him. The origins of John’s nickname are revealed. Bed-ridden in an Orange County hospital, he pleads with Debra to take him back.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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C

Frustrating as can be! Seriously two years for an execution style murder of your wife is complete bullshit. The fact that the mother threw her dead daughter under the bus and blamed her for wanting to leave as a right to be killed is just insane. This percieved notion of older generations tolerating abuse because it's the women's fault for her husband's actions.

Jun 24th
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William Durgan

Listening to Deb made me wish I was deaf.

Jun 12th
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Kirsten Farr

fantastic, lives upto hype wasnt expecting the end

Jun 7th
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Maggie

The sheer idiocy of the women in this family. It's like a hereditary disease... The men they choose are narcissistic criminals, but they can't see past their own desperation.

Jun 6th
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Louis Hunter

Maggie Indeed.

Jun 26th
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Linda Boudreau

Just found this after seeing the show based on this podcast, its amazing how a successful businesswoman could fall for this con man common sense should have kicked in when he couldn't prove himself as who he presented himself to be, a successful man wouldn't move in with you have to borrow money or drive your car. If he owned 3 homes then he'd have his own place to stay. I bet she knows to check out new cĺients before signing a contract. But being lonely I guess could cloud judgements, you have to recognise that her children were grown living their own lives, it at the point in life where you don't have the responsibility of raising kiďs looking at where your life is going and being alone is a reality, she was desperate for companionship an easy mark for scumbags. One reason why catfish are so successful in scamming older women.

Jun 5th
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Cora Woolley

Couldn’t finish the first episode cause the daughters voice is so annoying or drunk.

Jun 3rd
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iMgenuine

EXTREMELY FRAIL MINDED WOMEN. its unfortunate. their weakness for men and religion. stupid

May 25th
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Sarthak Aneja

iMgenuine 👍

May 25th
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Charli Mowery

ugh, it's impossible to give a crap about anyone in this story. debra, the mom, her kids, etc none of them are likable. debra and her mom are morons, it's like nails scratching a chalk board when her daughter's talk.

May 10th
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Shanaya Painter

The comments in here are disgusting. They're full of judgement and ignorance. Deb is a naive woman who wanted SO MUCH to be loved, how DARE you judge her. Get off your high horses.

May 7th
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Shanaya Painter

Jesus f*ck! How didn't they get a restraining order?!

May 7th
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jessica burkhardt

Loved this! 🙌🙌

May 7th
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Michele D

Terra's voice is irritating!! The valleygirl dialect went away in the 80s....

May 6th
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Kamille Martin

shoot wife in the head 2 years 9mo have a oz of weed or a half gram of coke theyll put you away 10 years

May 5th
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Kamille Martin

she ignored her kids and that was the 1st problem

May 5th
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Kamille Martin

oh no she married this guy...the d must have been everything

May 5th
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Eve Tillman

God her daughter's voice drives me nuts. These people are dumb beyond belief

May 2nd
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Amina Yazouri

TERRA YOU ARE AMAZING!!! I feel really bad that these girls had to go through all this pain because of their naive mother!!!

Apr 26th
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Duncan Biscuit

check out Who The Hell Is Hamish? Great new podcast.

Apr 24th
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Brooke Venning

Terra is amazing! how did such a badass come from such a weak, stupid mother? Wow!!

Apr 23rd
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Brooke Venning

oh NOW Deborah cares about protecting her kids? 🙄

Apr 23rd
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