Dirty John

Los Angeles Times | Wondery

All episodes are available for free, with remastered ad-free episodes available for Wondery+ subscribers.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. read less

Our Editor's Take

Can't get enough of true crime dramas? Look no further than the incredible story of John Meehan in Dirty John. This podcast features ten episodes and a teaser intro and is not short on drama, mystery, or suspense. The story that unfolds is alarming, twisted, and full of dark secrets. Host and narrator Christopher Goffard brings his journalistic mind to this unbelievable story.

Dirty John uses investigative reporting to examine abuse, attempted abductions, violence, and murder. Each discovery complicates a story that listeners must hear to believe. Meehan was a dark and disturbed individual. He started as a conman and transformed into something far more sinister.

Dive into a murky trail of mysterious clues. Listeners can follow along from wholesome beginnings to a dreadful end. Goffard retells the harrowing tale of Debra Newell. Her pain, fear, isolation and suspicion grow as she becomes more aware of who John is—or isn't.

Captivated audiences get swept up in this story full of gripping details. Goffard's unsettling descriptions and awful recollections shock and move listeners throughout. Dirty John uses journalistic expertise to hook audiences from the start. Listen as Goffard combines the best aspects of true crime into a must-listen podcast.

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