Everything seemed fine, until it wasn't. As Dirty John shows in its graphic finale, Terra Newell, then 25, killed Meehan after he deliberately attacked her in a parking lot with a knife. Cindi was still a teenager when she met and fell in love with a man named Billy Vickers. Meehan's sisters, Karen and Donna, watched his evolution take place. Newell first Meehan through a dating app for older singles. If you're not already a Mamamia member, sign up (it's easy, we promise). But John Meehan wasn’t the first dangerous man in Debra’s life. Promise. Dirty John Con Man Dad & Family History Is Mostly True, That Americans have a long, rough week ahead is an understatement. ", Here's Arlane explaining her decision: "[Billy] said, 'How could you love me? But many years before Meehan met Newell, he was living as an Ohio family man, working as a nurse anesthetist with a wife and two small children at home. Meanwhile, Sell's police report began an 18-month investigation that would culminate in his conviction (Dirty John depicts the particularly dramatic arrest). "I got upset because I started to think about things and dig up the past," she said. He was a monster, wrapped up in an appealing package. I felt that this was an opportunity to love again," Newell said on the Dirty John podcast. In an ironic twist of fate, as the family was driving up to attend the ceremony and visit Emily, Emily said her younger sister Abby had seen some prisoners working alongside the road and had mentioned her dad and his death someday, not knowing he had already died. The couple was in the process of separating, and the murder took place in the kitchen of the home they had just sold in Laguna Niguel, California. The podcast revealed Meehan’s sordid past including a lifetime of cons, drug addiction, threats against women and his marriage to Debra Newell, a successful interior designer, who fell under the convicted criminal's spell and believed his lies. The success of the podcast and television show has catapulted the family into the spotlight, an experience that Emily described as surreal. “They threw [Cindi] under the bus,” Avdeef told the LA Times. Coverage of the latest true crime stories and famous cases explained, as well as the best TV shows, movies and podcasts in the genre. She decided not to respond, but admits that it was tempting. Donna, who is called Denise (Joelle Carter) in the show, tried to help John throughout his life. She got a restraining order and the court judgment against him for money. Shortly after John and Bales got divorced, he pleaded guilty to felony drug theft after being caught stealing powerful anesthetics from his job as a nurse anesthetist and served 17 months in a Michigan prison, according to a series of articles in the Los Angeles Times that ran as a companion to the "Dirty John" podcast. Her mother Arlane was (and is—she's still alive) a deeply religious person who believed in turning the other cheek. The third episode of Clare Crawley? According to Emily, the family would eventually relocate to Georgia, with the court's permission, to be closer to other family members. I could never understand that. Why did he look so disheveled? The family dynamic certainly illustrates how a smart successful women could be so unbelievably gullible and naive. Emily would hear the news after her white coat ceremony, a formal ceremony in nursing school to welcome her into the profession and celebrate the transition from classroom learning to clinical learning. He also frequently harassed and threatened his ex-wife until she took him to court, where he was convicted of menacing behavior and received a suspended sentence. On an episode of the Murderish podcast, Emily told host Jami Rice that despite the lack of contact between the two, John continued to use photos of his daughter at his home and even used a shot of himself with his daughter as his profile picture on Match.com to portray himself as a doting dad. In fact, according to video footage Goffard found, the nickname was even mentioned during a toast at his wedding—his first wedding. And he just sobbed and he cried.". At a young age, Meehan acquired his father's skills, like pulling off insurance scams and filing bogus lawsuits. Watch all eight episodes of Dirty John on Netflix for all the other wild twists you couldn't predict. Why couldn’t John ever give a straight answer to questions about his life? Shudder. FYI, this is *technically* a spoiler zone for those of you watching Dirty John. "She knew what it meant. By Jill Sederstrom Emily Meehan, Tonia Bales and Abigail Meehan attend the after party for Bravo's anthology series 'Dirty John' world premiere at NeueHouse Los Angeles on November 13, 2018 in Hollywood, California. They also involved their cousin, Shad (called Toby and played by Kevin Zegers in the show). Although she only told a few coworkers about her connection to "Dirty John"  the news quickly spread among the large labor and delivery hospital where she works. She was a sitting duck, a woman who had been brought up to believe her worth was less than the man she was with, a daughter who believed forgiveness was always the best option. Though Meehan lost his job, he was still allowed to work at other hospitals, where he caused further trouble: Meehan reportedly brought a gun into an operating room. I give her children a lot of credit as I'm not sure I could forgive my mother for all the destruction and almost causing the murder of one child. According to Donna, Meehan spent his first night out of prison on Match.com. Her mother soon got remarried and both girls became close with their step-father, Augie Bales. Although her major is undecided, Emily said her sister has an interest in forensics and psychology. She would later discover John was a compulsive liar, a manipulator who had a history of stalking and blackmailing women. He served 17 months in a Michigan prison. The jury sobbed as Arlane preached forgiveness on the stand for five hours straight. She texted him, "I know who you are. We've got more to the story. "My mom never hid anything from me. Terra and Jacquelyn later looked into Meehan by hiring a private investigator. Before watching Dirty John, here's a basic rundown of what you need to know. Even back then, there was a significant divide between Meehan's appearance and his character. Debra and Cindi grew up in a strict religious household with parents who preached Terra feels responsible for what's happened to John. After graduation, Meehan put glass in a Taco Bell meal. We love you, and we forgive you.’ And he just sobbed and he cried,” she told Christopher Goffard, the host of the Dirty John podcast. As of November 25, 2019, this harrowing true story—wrapped up in the good looks and good lighting of prime-time TV—is available to stream on Netflix. "From 2005 to 2014—from about the time he got out of prison in Michigan for drug theft to the time he met Debra Newell in California—he had seduced, swindled and terrorized multiple women, many of whom he had met on dating sites while posing as a doctor, court records showed. In the podcast, "He was taught to manipulate at a very early age," his sister Karen Douvillier said on the podcast. This was all she knew. Sells was spurred to search for evidence of why he would leave so abruptly. This content is imported from {embed-name}. Terra credits her years spent binge-watching The Walking Dead with her life. V, When Shonda Rhimes officially left ABC Studios in 2017, the showrunner and super producer signed a major deal with Netflix that would allow her to cre, After the coronavirus pandemic shut down Hollywood and halted production of Grey’s Antaomy, the cult favorite series will be returning for its sevent, “You want to know why I don’t like haunted houses?” Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) asks halfway through New Girl’s first Halloween episode, the aptly t, Off the top of your head, can you recall who Fennec Shand is and where we last saw her? What Dirty John's Daughters Are Up to Now? He closely monitored what Cindi was wearing and who she was seeing. "If he was here right now, I would ask him, what was your plan when you married my mom and you decided with her that you wanted children? "We have an unspeakable bond and I think a lot of people are surprised by that, you know, just the circumstances, but I am actually fond of these women," she said. In the weeks that followed, however, the reality set in and his death became more difficult to deal with as she was forced to confront the realities of what type of man her biological father had been not only to her, but to other women he came in contact with. Emily was just five years old when her dad left the house and her parents got divorced. At the time, 23-year-old Terra was living outside Las Vegas with her then-boyfriend, and 24-year-old Jacquelyn was living with her mother in California. She was instantly charmed by the man sitting across from her at dinner. "It's clear that he does not like women and I wondered if our relationship would have been different or if he would have tried more," she said. So, I guess that was my zombie kill,” she added. If you'd like to hear more from Keryn Donnelly, you can follow her on Instagram and Facebook. “He was a hustler,” Douvillier said. But by the first night out, Meehan was on Match.com. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. The pair plans to get married in September. Then in 2015, he unexpectedly sent his oldest daughter a tweet with a picture of the two of them together. Dennis Luken, an investigator for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio who began looking into Meehan in 2002, correctly predicted how the story would end. Meehan was killed the next year after he had tried to attack Debra Newell's daughter Terra. Instead, Newell and Meehan only became closer. What about a guy by the name of Mythrol? "That was his vehicle for picking all of his victims, these dating sites," Donna told Goffard on. Or maybe she overlooked Meehan's strangeness because, after years of conning, Meehan was an expert at making people do precisely that. “I knew this case was going to go on until either somebody killed him or he killed somebody,” Luken told the L.A. Times. To her shock, she found boxes of the surgical anesthetics Versed and Fentanyl, which she believed Meehan was stealing and using. As Luken suspected, Goffard's podcast begins with the reading of an autopsy report. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Despite all the help Donna had provided, Meehan eventually turned on her. After 14 years of marriage and three kids, Cindi finally worked up the courage to leave Billy. They saw something in Meehan that Newell didn't: Menace. When John walked into Debra's life, Arlane had been preaching forgiveness at her for 59 years. "He tended to have everything on my checklist that I was looking for.". 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