The Real Story Behind ‘Dirty John’

When divorcee Debra Newell met hunky John Meehan online, she thought he was a great catch. He told the interior designer from Newport Beach, California, that he was an anesthesiologist and had just returned from volunteering in Iraq. After just two months of dating, Newell says Meehan talked her into marriage. But things weren’t all as they seemed. Her story has been dramatized for a Bravo limited series, “Dirty John,” based on the popular podcast and Los Angeles Times story.