Crime special Dirty John, The Dirty Truth delves into the life and exploits of con man John Meehan. The two-hour special goes beyond the hugely popular L.A. Times podcast Dirty John, which has been downloaded more than 10 million times, to explore Meehan’s terrifying history of deception that began long before he seduced and manipulated Debra Newell.
Through the eyes of the real people he deceived, Dirty John, The Dirty Truth takes a deep dive into Meehan’s troubled past and his altercations with law enforcement. Featuring exclusive interviews with former girlfriends and other victims ensnared by his lies, the revealing special exposes the truth of Meehan’s sordid past and explores the psychology of why and how women fell into his deceitful trap.
In addition to hearing the Newell family’s terrifying tale, Meehan’s first wife Tonia Bales and her daughters speak out, along with other women from Meehan’s past who were caught in his web of lies. With access to never been heard threatening phone calls, alarming police reports and more, Detectives reveal their tribulations and struggle to get him behind bars.