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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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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    L.A. Times presents The Trials of Frank Carson, from Christopher Goffard, creator of "Dirty John" and "Detective Trapp"

    L.A. Times presents The Trials of Frank Carson, from Christopher Goffard, creator of "Dirty John" and "Detective Trapp"

    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.

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    • 6 min
    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" Part 3

    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" Part 3

    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.

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    • 10 min
    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" Part 2

    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" Part 2

    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.

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    • 14 min
    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" Part 1

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

    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.

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    • 15 min
    Dirty John: Live at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

    Dirty John: Live at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

    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.

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Terra

    Terra

    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. 




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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

David Rhys ,

Needs to be a film. SUPERB.

Beautifully presented. Professional sound. An utterly engaging story.

Aleksandra Tintinfan i UK ,

Ludicrous

The most startling aspect of this sordid tale is how stupendously dimwitted those Californians at the heart of it are. It is all very odd to this Danish listener.

PrinnyLove ,

Gripping if a bit kitsch

Very gripping story and great coverage. My only critique is that the show’s a bit “overproduced” - frequently playing the theme song and raising the drama with audio clips when what the victims were saying provided tension enough. But that could just be my Britishness not liking the overdramatisation 😅

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