Debra Newell Stewart and John Meehan are the centerpiece of my most recent podcast obsession, Dirty John. John is a diabolical crook who preys on lonely women. Â Debra is normal. Â Sheâ€™s an outlier on the spectrum of episodic podcast personalities. Â The two met on a dating site for singles over fifty called â€œOur Time.â€ Â From there, the couple fell madly in love, even at the request from Debraâ€™s family that she end the relationship.Â Debra’s family felt like there was something not right about John.Â Their story is a reverse Romeo and Juliet. Â The story has everything–a secret Vegas marriage, puppies, scrub analysis and the most satisfying ending to a podcast series that I have ever heard.
Thereâ€™s only one downside.
Listening to a podcast can be a lonely business. Â Itâ€™s you, the earbuds and whatever ad the show is shilling that day. Â There is already lots of chatter about Dirty John and all of his lies but, I like instant gratification. Â Below, is a little present for when you make it to episode six. Â A play by play reaction to all of the little moments that makes Dirty John end with finality. Â Â Â Trust me, when you get to episode six, youâ€™ll want someone toÂ ðŸ˜² with!
0:20- John traced his bloodline to Murder Inc.? Thatâ€™s definitely that label that Ja Rule is signed with. Â Ja Rule and Ashanti really got me through 2002
1:14 -Â Itâ€™s bout time Debra! Cut that man off!
1:19 – I would never expect a sociopath to have a Golden Retriever named Murphy.Â He was really playing the long game here.
1:30 Â – Iâ€™m obsessed with how Jacqueline Â enunciates. Â Itâ€™s fascinating.
2:00 – Two minutes in and itâ€™s on. Â We are so blessed to get to the action quickly
2:42 – Smashing rental car lights is a real savage move
3:18 – Ads,Â ðŸ‘Ž
5:11 – Debra! CallÂ ðŸ‘Â the ðŸ‘policeÂ ðŸ‘
5:50 – Not hearing from Terra at this point makes me feel like Terra isnâ€™t going to make it through all of this.Â I need to hear her voice!
7:05 – â€œTerra would be watching for the wrong oneâ€ sent shivers down my spine
7:44 – â€œShe had a huge heart for the smallest things.â€ She doesnâ€™t swing in softball. Â I ðŸ’—Terra.
8:22 – Â Terraâ€™s abduction story is horrifying.
8:59 – Terraâ€™s methy boyfriend story is horrifying
9:05 – Terraâ€™s Taylor Swift heart tattoo is questionable
9:10 – This poor girl has been through it.
9:50 – Thankfully, we get to hear her voice. Â She has to live, right?
10:41 – â€œThe Walking Dead was a reservoir of survival techniques.â€ Â Is it?
11:31 – Knife 101: Hold the knife tight
11:35 – Knife 102: Donâ€™t cut yourself
12:10 – Knife 103: Kill their brain.
12:41 – Love this transition from â€œkill or be killedâ€ to zip recruiter. Checks out.
14:38 – Why are fake accents always French?
14:42 – Why are fake dogs always Rhodesian Ridge backs?
15:34 – âš ï¸IMPORTANT DETAIL ALERTâš ï¸ – rain boots!
15:55 – Â Jason Aldean has been associated with too many tragedies. Â This coincidence is eerie.
16:51 – Thereâ€™s bear mace!?
17:12 – The fact that the phrase â€œkidnap kitâ€ has happened enough that it warrants an actual name is disheartening.
18:10 – Oh no! Itâ€™s happening!Â ðŸ˜²
19:26 – I love this dog. #GoodBoy
21:06 – What is she going to do with a beach towel?
22:39 – âš ï¸IMPORTANT DETAIL PAYOFF ALERTâš ï¸ – rain book pedal kicking!
23:08 – Terra says she was â€œdoing this.â€ WHAT WERE YOU DOING TERRA WE CANâ€™T SEE YOU!
24:08 – Terra went to Knife 103! Good.
25:16 – These Junior Lifeguards are out here killing it. Was I the only one imagining her doing a slow Baywatch run?
27:03 – â€œIâ€™m really, really sorry. Â I think I killed your husbandâ€ Heartbreaking.
28:10 – Yes. Donâ€™t leave Cash!
28:35 – No. Â Donâ€™t go to Jason Aldean!
29:22 – Using Johnâ€™s organs for others is the silver lining to this terribly sad story.
29:55 – I want it to be on record that I dislike the name, Shad.
30:30 – I totally believe that John would fake his death. Â This whole podcast might be a trick.
31:22 – John can’t even donate his organs. Â Itâ€™s sad. So, now the silver lining is appropriately dirty.
32:20 – â€œYou did a good thingâ€ – Johnâ€™s Sister, what a wild thought
34:14 – Just â€œresearchedâ€ pictures of Terra. Â She looks tougher than she sounds
34:30 – More commercials, even at the end?
36:43 – â€œShe decided to fight.â€ I hope she gets that tattooed with a Taylor Swift heart.
37:27 – â€œSome people are just born bad.â€ Â This sentence will haunt me forever.
37:53 – â€œCertain predators have green worms in the brain.â€ Just kidding, this will haunt me forever.
38:56 – Who is doing all of this typing during the interview!
39:30 – I hope if any woman sees herself in Debra they find a solution quickly.
40:14 – I need Terraâ€™s dog to live forever.
41:18 – â€œAnd thatâ€™s what made me feel like none of this was real.â€ Â That! That part, is what made you feel like none of this was real. Â Go on Debra, I canâ€™t with you right nowÂ ðŸ˜
41:48 – John, a sociopath, this is an understatement
42:03 – Q: Was it possible he was lying to her every time he smiled at her?
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â A: Yes. Â Emphatically Yes.
42:55 – What is this song.
43:10 – They are free associating words to write this song. I wish I could unhear this.
In the end, here are a few words that I will always free associate with Dirty John: Steroids, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Ambrosia, Our Time, Kidnap Kits, Anesthesiologist, Jason Aldean and The Walking Dead.Â