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    gldgrrl
    Oct 23
    8

    reviewed: Dirty John

    This is still a tale of choices

    I listened to all of this and am still weary of granting Debra a free pass. She relayed all of her family’s concerns to John, went back to him, and wasn't that concerned when her older daughter said she’d seen him and was worried about Terra. Confronting true evil is horrible, but she didn’t actually do anything to protect her family. She was afraid for her own life, but continued to let it all happen. Sorry, but being a good Christian does not absolve you of the choices you made...again and again.

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    Shaniceahills
    Oct 21
    4

    reviewed: Dirty John

    My ears are bleeding.

    The storyline is fantastic & really draws you in, but the daughter’s voices and speech patterns are TERRIBLE. Every statement they make sounds like it has a question mark at the end. The influx at end of every sentence is making my brain bleed through my ears. I can’t imagine anyone actually speaking this way & not having some sort of mental illness. It’s very hard to listen to their parts which unfortunately are important to the story so you can’t fast forward through them.

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    Criqet
    Oct 5
    10

    reviewed: Dirty John

    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.

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    Grayson2015
    Sep 28
    8

    reviewed: Dirty John

    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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    Noyster2
    Sep 28
    10

    reviewed: Dirty John

    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.

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    Rose Quartz Glasses
    Sep 26
    8

    reviewed: Dirty John

    Prime example of a dangerous narcissist!

    This story hits close to home with me because my dad was in a similarly toxic relationship with a narcissist woman. I found myself wrapped up in the story and finished it in one sitting.To those who don’t understand Debra’s actions have never encountered a narcissist or their prey. A lot of what this family experienced mirrored what my family has/is dealing with. I gave only 4 stars because I wish this theme would have been at least touched on, instead he was made out to be just a run of the mill con man.Narcissistic abuse is real and very dangerous! I wish there was a way to save victims from the damage of a narcissist, but sadly it is almost impossible and will undoubtedly end messy.

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    Essence S.
    Sep 24
    10

    reviewed: Dirty John

    Great Podcast. Debra is crazy!

    The team who worked on this deserves an award. This was a great podcast. Unfortunately this woman is crazy for and makes poor decisions in life. Definitely worth the listen.

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    Donna and Allen itunes
    Sep 22
    10

    reviewed: Dirty John

    Excellent !!!

    I just can’t believe this woman! I hope she has gotten some real help!! To choose a man over your family. ... I feel so bad for her innocent family members that were hurt.

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    RN by night
    Sep 20
    10

    reviewed: Dirty John

    Like watching a train wreck!

    First the 5 star review is for the author/journalist who told such an unbelievable story. It was told so well that I couldn’t turn it off and listened to the whole thing on a Saturday. I found it difficult to empathize with Debra and her daughters however. All I ever heard every time Debra talked was how much he did for her which is why she married and stayed with him. Her giggling when talking about him also was inappropriate and unnerving. I’m not sure if she’s naive or a narcissist. Naive because she’s clueless to all the huge red flags around her. Or just chose to ignore them. It seems that she only thinks about her own needs which is why this psychopath that she brought into her home and into the lives of her family felt she was easy prey. And finding out all that stuff and STILL go back to him is just plain stupidity! Even at the very end it seemed like she missed him and the things he did for her. Ugh. I kept shouting at the podcast! lol The one person I found more believable was the first wife, Tonia. Once she found out what she was married to, she did everything possible to protect her daughters and to try to get him in prison. I’m happy to find out she found a decent man to be an example for her daughters. Now I’m a fan of the Walking Dead but I know it’s not real! Lol however I do have to give Terra props for using those skills to fend off a murderous psychopath. But I thought she was like 12 years old from her voice and rhetoric. Her other daughter Jackie just reminded me of a Kardashian wannabe. Ugh. The most disturbing part of this family’s story though is Arlene’s recollection of her daughter Cindy’s murder and how she supported Billy. I kept getting the impression that she not only forgave him for murdering her daughter but that she almost acts like Cindy deserved it because Billy did everything he could to save the marriage. That whole family is a mess! So of course she liked John! This story not only makes me appreciate my own family more but I have decided those dating websites are just a perfect hunting ground for psychopaths.

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    tevomurph
    Sep 19
    10

    reviewed: Dirty John

    Poor children

    Debra’s poor children spotted this train wreck quickly and tried to stop it. Terra almost paid the ultimate price for her mother’s desperation. I thought people only got married after whirlwind 2 month romances on soaps. I was wrong. I will never understand how she put her family in danger and no prenup either. Unfathomable. Debra, please stay off dating apps, act your age and do some charity work.

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    FensterC
    Sep 10
    10

    reviewed: Dirty John

    John is a perfect Sociopath!

    The podcast is excellent! To all the judge mental listeners who Monday morning quarterback this story...... He was a great manipulator!! Debra and her girls are honest, believable and this type of abuse is much more complicated than anyone can imagine!! Intelligence is not a factor here and it is an emotional, physical attraction that leads men and women into these relationships! Fascinating story!

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    LnfromLSal
    Sep 7
    10

    reviewed: Dirty John

    Riveting!

    I loved it! I listened to the whole series in about 3-4 days because I was so hooked! Wondery does a good job of creating really good podcasts. I have listened to many and have enjoyed all of them

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    con1231
    Sep 2
    6

    reviewed: Dirty John

    Come on Debra....

    This was a very well told story but listening to Debra talk in the final episode was infuriating. She said that the moment she realized that her life with John was a lie was when she found out he was on dating apps the day of their marriage. Like not when he tried to kill your daughter by stabbing her to death in a parking lot!? Her priorities are clearly way out of whack and it is hard to listen to.

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    Jazz_Man
    Sep 2
    10

    reviewed: Dirty John

    So riveting

    the production, narration and investigative information is so cleverly put together that I end up hanging on every word spoken.It’s thoroughly captivating. How do you do it?

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    BrittOD
    Aug 25
    10

    reviewed: Dirty John

    Couldn’t turn it off

    Wow wow wow. This was an incredible depiction of Dirty John. You must listen.

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    rawwhitestevemeds29
    Aug 24
    10

    reviewed: Dirty John

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    Shannon Drullinger
    Aug 24
    8

    reviewed: Dirty John

    How can a whole family be this dumb?

    Is it bad that I hate all the victims? “I’m scared for my life... but I love him. Her dee dur. 🤷🏻‍♀️”I can’t. They’re just too naive.

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    haliation
    Aug 7
    2

    reviewed: Dirty John

    Their voices!

    I really wanted to like this podcast, but the daughters’ voices were so unbelievably annoying I had to abandon ship. Yikes.

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    MomCallsMeNicholas
    Aug 7
    10

    reviewed: Dirty John

    Wow

    Amazing story. It was told and edited expertly. It made a Friday work day FLY by. Wondery podcasts are top notch, and Dirty John is no exception. You owe it to yourself to give this a listen.

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    Lord Networthington
    Aug 5
    10

    reviewed: Dirty John

    Justice At Last

    What exceptional story telling! And what a mind boggling example of how evil and treacherous people can be.A riveting podcast that just flew by, would certainly recommend. ♥️

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30 Episodes 40.4k Ratings First Aired: Sep 11, 2017 🇺🇸

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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30 Episodes 40.4k Ratings First Aired: Sep 11, 2017 🇺🇸

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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