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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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Marty Markowitz had his share of problems. His parents had recently died. He had troubles at work. A failing relationship. He needed someone to help him through this rough patch in his life. So he decided to get some professional help from a psychiatrist. What he did not count on, was what happened in his life over the next twenty-nine years.This is a story about power, control, and turning to the wrong person for help. Listen now at wondery.fm/TSND
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

2018-09-0400:12:2429

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

2017-10-0800:45:26304

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

2017-10-0700:52:02274

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

2017-10-0500:46:44301

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

2017-10-0400:51:32372

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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Comments (422)

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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Brooke Venning

Deborah is absolutely pathetic. not to mention a horrible mom and aunt. She chose this scumbag over her kids and nephew. She should be embarrassed.

Apr 23rd
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jessica Robertson

I just CAN'T with this woman!

Apr 18th
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Kat Nathan

For someone who runs a multimillion dollar business, this woman sure appears to lack any common sense. And, how annoying is Jaclyn's voice and diction?

Apr 18th
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Cassie

Terra is a badass omg!!!

Apr 11th
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Cassie

HER FORGIVENESS IS NOT BEAUTIFUL. SHE HAS A DOMESTIC ABUSER AND MURDERER OUT ON THE STREET. UNBELIEVABLE.

Apr 11th
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Cassie

SERIOUSLY HE ONLY SERVED 2 YEARS FOR MURDERING HIS WIFE IN COLD BLOOD. IM. DONE.

Apr 11th
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Cassie

lol im sorry but she is not a very smart woman. its not her fault at all but so many not-smart decisions got her in this situation

Apr 11th
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