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To win legal settlements, he jumped in front of a Corvette and sprinkled broken glass in his Taco Bell order. Busted for selling cocaine, his sisters said, he testified against a friend and was forced to leave California as part of a plea deal.

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 . Times.

What's captivating about Dirty John is how Debra's story creates unease; you know from the start that there's more going on than meets the eye (how else would this be a podcast?), but getting to the heart of that mystery takes time and builds tension. Think of the addictive Serial narrative, but with something far more likely to happen to you. Parts of it probably have.

There’s also something satisfying about the idea that this is a self-contained tale. As a week-long deep dive into one man’s web of deceit, there’s an accompanying focus that a series concerned about setting up a sequel or establishing a brand wouldn’t be able to afford. With brand new episodes released over the course of a single week — continuing through until this Sunday — “Dirty John” also seems to have gotten close to the optimal podcast release model.

A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to a pop singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's.

Meanwhile, the images that accompany the online feature – moody black-and-white photos, splashed with garish red pulp-fiction captions – look like they could be posters for the next film in the Sin City franchise.

 · The mere fact that “ Dirty John ” exists proves that John Michael Meehan is not the man we hear that he claimed to be. It’s part of the true crime ...

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