Reviews
This one is a short but sweet listen. If S-Town and Crimetown were your cup of tea this story will grab you round the throat and hold you to the end. It’s hard to accept that people like this really do exist, but they do. Be careful what you wish for! Enjoy. PS it’s apparently a series on...Read full review »
Elseay via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/22/19
I presumed this story would be about a monster and his helpless victims. Instead this is a story about shear stupidity and what happens when stupid people meet somebody like Dirty John. Deborah is as dumb as they come, deliberately placing herself and family at risk time after time. No doubt she...Read full review »
realmc26 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/22/19
Veldig amerikansk. Begynner å bli litt lei psykopater, sosiopater og deres like.
Gila51 via Apple Podcasts · Norway · 02/21/19
The naivety of the victim is really the craziest part of this story. The siblings trying to help their brother, I can understand, but even they cut him out of their lives. That Ms. Newell returns to him even after the evidence her children and family produce for her is incomprehensible....Read full review »
Snoenoey via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/21/19
Story of every aspect of the human condition at the extremes. Tension builds, story develops, justice...found? Not S Town, not Serial but something that felt more dramatic, more televisual in tone and good pacing. Listen to this before you watch or read anymore. Wanted to hear more of the...Read full review »
Juan Diablo via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/20/19
Dirty John is a one episode podcast that went on for six episodes. The story is interesting, but no more interesting than a made for TV Lifetime movie. The podcast is more a study of the quintessential California valley girl stereotype than it is the criminal mind; this is more Kardashians than...Read full review »
LTSJJ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/20/19
Tara’s voice. I just can’t keep listen, too bad too because it sounded like such a good story.
lucyabdel via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/20/19
I binged this on a road trip. Amazing story, loved the show too.
TVD316 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/20/19
I WISH I had the money this woman had to just throw away on this con man. She’s surprised he found $30k IN CASH at the bottom of her closet 🤨 I don’t blame her for being duped.... but for letting him dupe her again... and again... and again 😐 And her daughter’s (Jacqueline)voice & apparent...Read full review »
Bellasmom214 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/19/19
The last episode switches to a live format with other supplemental material that just gets in the way of the ending. Also the victim in this story, I’m sympathetic to her, but she is incredibly naive to the point that it’s just painful and maddening to listen to.
frivolousjosh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/19/19
Meh
This is a well produced podcast, and they attempt to infuse it with suspense and drama. Unfortunately, listening to the daughters is so very difficult. I would be surprised if they’re high school graduates. This could have been better if the narrator had summarized their views and kept them...Read full review »
MaggieMayTampa via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/18/19
This really could have been like two episodes, it’s excruciating to listen to terra talk and the payoff isn’t really worth listening through the entire boring and privileged story of naivety.. I guess I listened bc the tv show is out and people are talking about it again but I wish I hadn’t...Read full review »
phillyholly via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/18/19
I really disagree with all of the bad reviews on this podcast.If you are into true crime and appreciate good storytelling, give this podcast a listen. I don’t think you’ll regret it
cndneifksmcneu via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/18/19
She couldn’t of been this oblivious to so many issues....
Finnicky7 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/18/19
Was glad to hear from attorneys, John’s sisters, former (1st?) wife; really anyone but the victim/subject. Some people have that ability to speak with clarity and confidence so that you listen with interest. These people must have other talents.
angusbeastie via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/18/19
On episode 3 and hooked but i do hate them commercials lol,
tablasjunior via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/17/19
It does make you wonder how dumb and insecure this woman was though.
Catmom1210 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/17/19
Chris, blaming an object for someone ‘s murder and the the actual killer is irresponsible, people kill people not objects.
psl59 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/16/19
I'm about the same age as this super successful woman, and halfway though, especailly when she took this idiot back, I kept saying 'What an idiot!' ... how could she not see thought this man manipulating her! I kept hoping it would get better, sought out the Dateline episode to see these people...Read full review »
Gi Gi 28 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/16/19
This is an epic account of a bizarre story, with far more interesting twists and turns in real life than the fictionalised TV version, that changed so many of the facts to make the peripheral stories and even the behaviour of individuals different to how the Los Angeles Times more accurately...Read full review »
Woodyrob via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 02/16/19
Made it through one and a half episodes. Not sure how the rating were so high.
Linkinkicks via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/15/19
I thought that this podcast was amazing. I found myself reacting verbally to this podcast a lot! Thank goodness I was in my car. Debra’s self esteem was so very low. That, along with being inundated with “Christian forgiveness rhetoric” from her parents made me understand why she was so easily...Read full review »
K2 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/15/19
Good job on the production, but so hard to listen to because Debra is so so dumb and so is her mother. Also the daughters voices are almost unbearable. It was difficult to keep listening because Debra is so frustrating and she put her daughters lives at risk because of her stupid choices. How...Read full review »
angie0918 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/14/19
Everything was great except when the daughters speak. It’s almost like they’re reading a script. Speaking super slow, sounding like they’re acting from a written script they’re reading for the first time. It just was weird and a little cringe worthy. That’s the only part I didn’t care for. That...Read full review »
CBoling86 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/14/19
The ending got me. I will admit that at first I was like ok this woman has money. What is she doing? But I have been in abusive relationships and it’s a very complex thing. I don’t want to spoil anything but after key things happen I’ll admit I get frustrated. I hate the comments saying she is so...Read full review »
Alwaysamanda via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/14/19
Clearly, Debra gets her terrible sense of others from her delusional mother. These people are so unbelievably clueless I couldn’t continue listening. After I read other reviews and found out nothing exciting happens, I knew there was no point in listening to more. And yes, blood WILL shoot out...Read full review »
whatabunchofdummies via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/14/19
These women are pathetic! I don’t understand this high caliber of weakness. You are not allowed to play victim if you’re actively ignoring every red flag and real facts. What really got me upset was hearing the story of the sister that was murdered by her abusive and controlling husband. I can’t...Read full review »
podcast good. people dumb! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/14/19
I listened to this before there was a series on television. I will say the television series was pretty accurate. I was annoyed by the daughters voices and I almost stopped listening but it was like a bad train wreck. When she took him back that’s when I knew someone had created a work of...Read full review »
HoneyBee043075 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/13/19
My coworker and I liked this story. If you find yourself frustrated with the characters, try not to judge and remember something they state: judgement is the last thing someone needs who is in an abusive relationship.
meganbright94 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/13/19
Great research and telling of this story. Binge listen the entire series on vacation drive.
silky0517 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/12/19
Very interesting. Well put together and a good listen. Would recommend
lilmiss1993 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/12/19
Stupid people
tipandrewsen via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/11/19
On par with Dr. Death and other podcasts of the like. Shorter than most, binged in a day, it’s such a crazy story and told really well.
i came back with a dollar via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/11/19
I agree with the other reviewers. This story is a definite disconnect. These women aren’t very smart. And the daughters..... dear Lord. Couldn't finish the first episode.
Brittany1985 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/11/19
It’s easy to want to judge the victims initially. The more you listen, the more you understand how control and domestic violence/manipulation works. Important for everyone to listen, none of us are immune to monsters like John.
malexander003 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/11/19
Tried to make it through the 1st episode. Listening to the daughter made me want to stick my head in the oven.
thespatula via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/11/19
The details of this case are insane. Well done podcast, great listen! I recommend to anyone interested in true crime
Celesta does Vegas via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/09/19
Those that give this podcast a 1-star rating because you didn’t like someone’s voice, or are judgmental about Debra going back in to the relationship should be ashamed of yourselves. Have you no compassion? Empathy? The man, John, is a creative monster. Some of the reviews I have read make it...Read full review »
Xtimemac via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/09/19
This woman (Arlene) made me sick to my stomach. She’s beyond disgusting. Hide behind your Christian faith, you let you’re daughter die and defended her killer. Then she lets her only living daughter get involved with dirty john. This woman is responsible for her daughters’ misfortunes.
attnymarc via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/09/19
I thought this story was superb! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Waynestaticluva via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/09/19
If you can get past the grating voices of the daughters, it’s an interesting listen. Doesn’t compare to Up and Vanished or Dr. Death by any means, though.
listener307789 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/08/19
The podcast itself is so good. Very intriguing story. Debra drove me nuts though. Girl, seriously? John was a horrible person, no doubt about that, but Debra’s actions speak a lot about her character as well. Who chooses a man over their kids? Overall it’s a great story, but there were a few...Read full review »
Mrshemperley via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/08/19
I’m shocked that there are so many negative reviews for this podcast. It’s super entertaining and the classic murder mystery. Regarding the daughters voices.. Ya they’re annoying, but they barely speak! Now that I’ve listened I’m excited to watch the TV series.
camwower 345 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/08/19
She was so stupid and selfish that she almost got her own children murdered. I guess it was a good listen but with how stupid Debra is, it’s very predictable. I feel so bad for her family. I’m glad Terra is still alive.
Sittit via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/08/19
If you have ever dated a sociopath or a narcissist you will identify with this story on all levels. It does happen to good, smart, intelligent, confident and successful women. I wish there were websites that could warn the next victims. However, you never listen to the “ crazy exes” the con...Read full review »
nicksterL via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/08/19
Great story about how a sociopath inserts himself into a sub par family. Crazy how insecurity can destroy you
bluebelle0325 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/08/19
I first heard this story on Dateline, then I listened to the podcast which is excellent! Then they made it into a TV series probably because the podcast was so good. The TV series in my opinion was a flop but the podcast was gripping and well told.
A Libby via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/07/19
Every. Single. Voice. Every voice on this podcast was like nails on a chalkboard...Excruciating to listen to. The Narration and questioning are super weak and not worth the listen. However, I am not one to start something and not finish it so I will struggle through the remainder of this train...Read full review »
81Priss via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/06/19
Regardless of how these people may or may not be in the story and regardless of the intelligence of the people it’s still a good story. We should empathize with someone who we believe to be less aware or ignorant of their situations and not condemn someone to their ignorance. They were good...Read full review »
Assddjdjdjdjd via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/06/19
There’s a candor and intimacy in these voices. There are many “Dirty Johns” out there and many women who want to believe that people are good at heart. I don’t think we should ever stop talking about stories like this. We must resist victim blaming the women and men who seek their human right to...Read full review »
bmwgirl79 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/06/19
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