Crime TV shows have been staple of television for years and especially those based on real-life events. Bravo is bringing a new anthology series based on a popular 2017 true crime podcast, Dirty John. The show stars Connie Britton as Debra Newell and Eric Bana as John Meehan. After the announcement of the show, the big question is being raised on the true identity of John Meehan. So, who really was John Meehan?
Meehan was an anesthesiologist, who had spent a year with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in Iraq. 55 year old was wealthy, good looking and owned multiple houses in California and other cities. However, it was later revealed that John was never an anesthesiologist and he had not worked for Doctors Without Borders. He was a con man who was a master at manipulating women with his sweet talks and his charm. Prior to his meeting with Debra Newell in 2014 via a dating site, Meehan had exploited more than a dozen naive women fulfilling his desires. And just two months into their relationship, they got married and moved into a $6,500/month Newport Beach home. Witnessing the pace in the relationship of their mother, Debra's two daughters Veronica (Juno Temple) and Terra (Julia Garner) got a little bit concerned.
Being concerned about their mom’s new man, they did a little research and find out that he had previously been in a prison and he was a con man. Few months into their relation, Debra started having her own doubts and she fully cut him off after Meehan stole her car and lit it on fire. In 2016, Meehan was killed by Terra Newell in self-defense after he attempted to murder her with a knife in a parking lot outside her home. Dirty John premieres November 25, 2018, on Bravo.
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