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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    • Documentary
    • 4.6 • 39.6K 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.

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    • 6 min
    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John”

    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John”

    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.

    • 10 min
    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John”

    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John”

    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.

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

    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John"

    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

    Episode 6: 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
39.6K Ratings

39.6K Ratings

Criqet ,

Great Listen

I can’t imagine the pain but mostly frustration this family went through! Great writing and story telling. Thank god the whole story was in by the time I found the podcast, it was a great binge listen.

Noyster2 ,

Excellent Storytelling — great wrap up bonus episode

I am very disappointed to hear the criticism of the family that went through this ordeal. Unless you’ve been in the position of being victimized by a master manipulator you cannot know the psychological pressure this sort of situation can exert. I hope I would not make the same decisions that Debra did but the harsh judgment I’ve seen in the reviews shows the exact lack of empathy that helps to isolate victims of domestic abuse.

Its obvious that in retrospect Debra regrets many of her decisions — and has courageously opened herself up to criticisms in hopes of raising awareness in others who may be being abused.

Thanks to the crew for putting this important podcast together.

Grayson2015 ,

Great podcast

This is a great podcast however it’s hard for me to feel sorry for a woman who picks a man she has known for 5 weeks over her daughters.

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