The True Story Behind Dirty John Is Just as Bonkers as the TV Series

TVGuide.com | 11/20/2018 | Lindsay MacDonald
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Bravo is about to gift us with a chilling depiction of a true crime story so juicy it feels like it has to be fiction. The best part is that it's all based on a true story, as reported on by The Los Angeles Times contributor Christopher Goffard.

Dirty John, which premieres Sunday, Nov. 25 at 10/9c, tells the story of Debra Newell (Connie Britton), a successful business woman who fell in love with a con-man named John Meehan (Eric Bana). While some of the details of the case will no doubt be heightened for the sake of TV drama, TV Guide is here to take you through the true story it's based on. Be warned though, there are likely some serious spoilers for the show below...

Debra - John - Months - Divorces - Debra

Debra and John met and were married within two months. After four divorces, Debra Newell tried out an online dating service for singles over 50, which is where she first connected with John Meehan. Though he was a bit odd and her daughters were not sure about him, they started dating seriously and after just five weeks were looking for a place to live together. Despite more confrontations with Debra's daughters (including an incident where he said kids should be "smacked" for going through his things), Debra did not end her relationship with John because of how well he treated her. In a spur of the moment decision, she married him in a courthouse while on a business trip to Vegas — they'd known each other two months.

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Kids - John - Debra - Daughter - Jacqueline

Her kids were rightly suspicious of John. Debra's daughter Jacqueline decided to put a tracker on Debra's Tesla (which John regularly used) to watch his movements. After a woman broke into their apartment, John installed security cameras inside and out, on...
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