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Dirty John

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 e...Show More

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6 | Terra

44:22 | Oct 8th, 2017

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...Show More

1 | The Real Thing

43:08 | Oct 2nd, 2017

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 stor...Show More

5 | Escape

50:56 | Oct 7th, 2017

John finds a lawyer and plots to unleash a blizzard of lawsuit 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 deepen...Show More

4 | Forgiveness

47:02 | Oct 5th, 2017

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...Show More

3 | Filthy

51:19 | Oct 4th, 2017

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-...Show More

2 | Newlyweds

38:46 | Oct 2nd, 2017

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’...Show More

Dirty John: Live at The Theatre at Ace Hotel | 7

1:24:14 | Jan 16th, 2018

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 c...Show More

Introducing Dirty John

02:57 | Sep 11th, 2017

A true story about seduction, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times. Premieres October 2nd. Subscribe today so you are the first to hear Dirty John when it comes o...Show More

Introducing Over My Dead Body | 1

05:35 | Feb 12th

What happens when a seemingly-perfect marriage ends in a nasty divorce and someone ends up dead. Listen to Over My Dead Body today wherever you’re listening to this or visit

Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John” | 3

11:50 | Nov 21st, 2018

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...Show More

Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John” | 2

15:12 | Nov 19th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" | 1

17:00 | Nov 14th, 2018

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 a...Show More

Introducing Dr. Death | 1

12:24 | Sep 4th, 2018

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 pa...Show More