The Dirty John Podcast - A Special Valentine's Day Podcast Pick

 Valentine’s Day Podcast Pick:

Dirty John - Presented by the LA Times and Wondery

The True Life Drama

“Who you marry may be the most important decision of your life, but it might be the most irrational.”

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer, whom after a couple of marriages and children leaving the nest, is looking to date again.

The doorbell rings. Standing in his surgical scrubs is John Meehan, a man in his late forties to early fifties. John is a successful anesthesiologist. His prior Hollywood style looks have weathered slightly, unbeknownst to Debra, who views nothing but a tall, dark, and handsome man in her doorway. Could he be the perfect man?

In a matter of weeks, John and Debra are in a full relationship. John is giving Debra the attention she so desperately sought for many years. He buys her flowers frequently, cooks dinner, and runs errands for her constantly. But things are not quite right.  

Debra’s children start questioning the motives and integrity of John. He leaves for work every day in his surgical scrubs, but no one knows where he goes. How come Debra has never been to his big house or seen his garage full of cars?

The final wedge between Debra and her children is when she and John decide to get married and have John move into her home after only a few months of dating. 

After the marriage, Debra becomes estranged from her children. John believes they are jealous of their relationship and are only after her money. One of Debra’s daughters is sure there is something off about John. 

They start digging into his background and trying to find out, to no avail, where exactly he practices medicine. This only further drives the wedge between Debra and her family. Then a letter for John arrives at the house with a return address from a California correctional institute. What is going on here?

The Gripping Podcast

Dirty John is a six-part podcast that unravels the suspenseful true story of John Meehan, the worst nightmare of online dating, and chronicles the family whose life he turns upside down.

This harrowing story serves as a cautionary tale for all of us to take heed from. Debra Newell was smart, sophisticated, and successful yet she succumbed to the trappings of a sociopath hell-bent on exploiting everyone in his path for personal gain and deranged, sadistic pleasure.

The depths and lengths that Meehan went to wreak havoc in people’s lives is just chilling. The forethought and careful planning he put into his twisted schemes is the stuff of true nightmares, making Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers laughable.

Christopher Goffard from the LA Times does an excellent job narrating the story as the host. Wondery, the acclaimed podcast company, deliver as the show's producers. 

Just when you thought John Meehan could not be any more despicable, it only gets worse from there, proving that true life is far more crazier and suspenseful than anything Hollywood could craft.

The Dirty John Episodes:

The Television Show

Podcasts are exploding in popularity and are beginning to shape popular culture as well. There is a new trend recently of highly successful podcasts getting produced as television shows. Lore and Homecoming have been given the television makeover treatment as well as our featured series here Dirty John.

Some podcast enthusiasts fear their beloved medium of podcasting could be getting pillared and exploited but by the corporate, sanitized, Hollywood elites but I feel the attention and opportunities for hardworking podcast creators can only be for the greater good of creators and listeners alike.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Love and attraction are powerful but do not let it cloud your judgment this Valentine’s Day as you listen to our special holiday podcast pick: Dirty John.

Have a wonderful and safe Valentine’s Day!