12 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, 2.3K 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
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

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Addictive

I pretty much listened to this podcast all the way through! I’ll say though that Debra Newell’s Mom is someone who’ll anger you- she is naive to the point of delusional and has the surprising habit of taking the sides of both her daughters’ abusive husbands, even going as far as saying she loves them- they are such swell guys! I hope Arlene pays for her crimes against her own daughters!

Of course, barely mentions the impact the abuse had on her daughters and her grandkids. Little wonder that Debra, for all her intelligence & success as a businesswoman, throws her kids under the bus in order to be with her obviously manipulative & criminal man! Her mother did the same to her and her sister, of course.

Corbeilgal ,

Good.....but

Good story overall but OMG Debra and her mother make me embarrassed to be a woman. They just made me want to slap them. Good luck to the daughters growing past their examples.

Desynk ,

Great content

I listened to this after watching the Netflix series and documentary. Great for true crime listeners. Had great content including interviews with people involved.

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