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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 Dirty John

Introducing Dirty John

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A true story about seduction, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
The Real Thing | 1

The Real Thing | 1

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Debra Newell, an interior designer in Southern California, meets John Meehan on an over-50 dating site. His profile looks exciting: Anesthesiologist, divorced, Christian. She falls in love fast. But her children dislike him and warn her that his stories don’t add up. A psychologist advises Debra to set firmer boundaries with her kids, saying she has a right to be happy.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.comPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
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Newlyweds | 2

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After an intruder appears in John and Debra’s livingroom, John insists that they install security cameras. Debra begins to wonder whether he is spying on her. Her nephew, Shad, looks into John’s background and confronts him with what he finds. Debra’s vision of an idyllic marriage is shattered when she discovers a stash of paperwork in John’s home office.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.comPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
Filthy | 3

Filthy | 3

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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.comPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
Forgiveness | 4

Forgiveness | 4

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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.comPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
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Escape | 5

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Episode 5: 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.comPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
Terra | 6

Terra | 6

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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.comPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
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.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
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.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
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.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
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.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
One lawyer saw a broken system. But the system saw a vigilante killer. From Christopher Goffard, the Los Angeles Times reporter and host behind the hit podcasts ‘Dirty John’ and ‘Detective Trapp,’ comes a new eight-episode true crime podcast, ‘The Trials of Frank Carson.’  This story of power, politics and the law centers around Carson, the famously caustic defense attorney, who dedicated his life’s work to the very thing that has turned against him—the justice system.  The first two episodes premiere Tuesday, May 25, available wherever you listen to podcasts. http://link.chtbl.com/FrankCarson. Special bonus episodes are available exclusively to L.A. Times subscribers. https://www.latimes.com/frank-carson-podcast.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.
Comments (553)

Ciara Pacini

As someone who just recently began listening to podcasts, I was skeptical to begin this crime/murder podcast, but my sister-in-law insisted me to listen, as it is her favorite podcast. Immediately, I was intrigued as the narrator did not offer much of an introduction but instead established a disclaimer to the amount of profanity and disturbing descriptions; This drew me in to ask: how bad this crime could really be? Within the first three minutes of the first episode, there was scattered information regarding the case and all the grewsome details but what really caught my ear was when the narrator said, the “she fought like hell” but the context was not clear which left me wanting more; After this, the case began in chronological order. The narrator began by describing the area and vibe of Orange County and New Port Beach and then specifically Dirty John and all the women involved. The scene was set as two adults looking for love online. It was the classic story: the “perfect boyfriend” and a vulnerable woman with no self-confidence. Now, I don’t want to spoil the podcast too much, but he was definitely not the perfect boyfriend, but he would be gone soon enough. If I were to ask a question to anyone involved, it would be Debra, John’s wife. I would ask: When was the moment you knew that John was not a good man or the man he said to be? This question is interesting to me since the woman missed many signs that her boyfriend/husband was dangerous and manipulative. It was almost irritating how naïve Debra was. Also, if I were to change anything about the podcast, I would want it to made clear who was killed in the beginning of the podcast because some parts got foggy as the narrative continued, and less ads! If you’ve made it this far, you should definitely listen if you are interested in crime or murder. I have only listened to three episodes thus far, but I can't wait to finish it! Also - I will never forget the chills I got on my body when the narrator said, “the young woman fought like hell”. Listen for it. Anonymous

May 17th
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Keri Cannon

I'm sorry that no one could use his organs, but, honestly, no one that knew about him would want a piece of him in their bodies. I sure would not.

Mar 31st
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Keri Cannon

Poor Terra. Her mother has failed her so many times. Didn't call the police when someone tried to snatch her at 5 years old?! WTHeck? Did she not think that person might try to come back or snatch up another kid? Selfish. I just cannot comprehend.

Mar 31st
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Keri Cannon

This woman...she has no boundaries, no self respect. Knowing what Deb's mother did for the man that killed her daughter tells me everything I need to know about why Deb is the way she is. SMH.

Mar 31st
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Mark Lafhameyer

the daughter's explanation for scrubs is ridiculous. Ive worked for many hospitals, and yes many people will wear their scrubs the way dirtyD did.

Feb 5th
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Michael Hines

nice

Jan 27th
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MaeDay

Religion is the biggest manipulator.

Jan 9th
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Trizah Tkay

So good!

Dec 1st
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Jeff Pokopec

she is not African American. she is Jamaican american.

Oct 5th
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Susan Larson

No thank you.

Oct 5th
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Karë Galloway

all these people in the comments really bother me, making fun of how the daughters talk and sound, calling Debby/Debbie stupid, saying the narrators voice is annoying... if these things ruin the podcast for you, don't listen! no one is forcing you to listen to every episode. it's also super low to make fun of how someone speaks, and you never know how you would react in these situations yourself. Debbie's intelligence has nothing to do with the situation, it's so easy to judge someone in a toxic and abusive relationship until you've been in one yourself. the story is being told to inform us on John, the horrendous things he did, and the people he hurt, not to judge and pick apart his victims.

Aug 26th
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Lorena Luera

such a crazy story.

Aug 4th
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Daniel Cole

so what I got out of this it's her mother's fault that this poor girl went through what you went through my mother the piece of shit I feel bad for that girl that had to kill that man and I'm proud of her for killing that man but still the mother piece of shit

Jul 21st
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Daniel Cole

I think Christians are so messed up in the head for the mother that they give her daughter killer testify for him and what the hell Christians are weird weird people glad I'm an atheist

Jul 21st
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Daniel Cole

this woman has to be the dumbest woman I've ever heard about hey my name is Danny and I need a sugar mama I'll treat you right and I ain't won't be out for your money I just want to be treated right where you at come to Baltimore and pick me up

Jul 21st
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Jul 12th
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Cody W

buncha fuckin idiots

Jul 11th
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Mary Hominuk

All the women in this family couldn't be any dumber if their heads fell off

Jun 6th
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Mary Hominuk

Debbie's mother is the most irritating person ever. I suspect she functions at a low mental age.

Jun 6th
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Alaa Saad

great

Jun 5th
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