13 episodes

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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    • 4.6, 2.1K Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.1K Ratings
2.1K Ratings
jillyjugs ,

Kept me captive

I listen to podcasts while walking my dog...the month I discovered this one I clocked 260 kms!

Disturbing story and well told.

Pig wrangler ,

So disturbing

Such a creepy story. It really goes to show how love can be blind. A lesson in trusting the instincts of people close to you!

Bertiebert33 ,

Bloated bombast

One episode would have been adequate to cover the whole story. The scenery-chewing quality of the writing made me loathe myself for listening to the whole thing. LA Times’ editors need to care more about the output of their writers.

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