Reviews
Just finished the podcast after watching the Netflix series & holy cow Debra has truly got to be the most annoyingly stupid individual. I really hope that she is not accurately portrayed, if so can’t say I’m surprised she’s been married 5 times.
Nurseinrecovery via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/26/20
This podcast did not disappoint. This is the first podcast I recommend to new podcasters.
Nikkibeeee via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/20/20
There seems to be only one woman in this family that has any sense. I couldn’t stop listening because I can’t believe they are so, well, ignorant. Zombie apocalypse.....lol. She’s a keeper.
Prncs64 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/18/20
This podcast kept my attention and was told very well.
DebL1982 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/18/20
While I liked the overall story, the first person speaking was painful. By the end, it was more a joke to finish because the actual family members talking, especially Terra, took away from the story rather than adding. I’m disappointed as the LA Times and Wondery are reputable sources but this...Read full review »
ANurseAmay via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/17/20
This podcast seriously hurts my ears. Two of the actors playing the daughters are speaking like they are the definition of dumb, with every sentence ending like it's a question. It sound so stupid. Could have been so much better.Read full review »
frksolem via Apple Podcasts · Norway · 05/16/20
Unbearable to listen to daughter’s storytelling. Quit on first episode.
mdbone00 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/16/20
Debra and her Mother should be the feature of another podcast on how they set women back 100 years - they do not do the Y chromosome justice.
dbarclay via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 05/10/20
This is one of the better podcast I have heard in a long time about a true crime case.
Poggy98 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/20
This was a great podcast. Narrator/author did a great job with the details.
MssMeLK via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/07/20
Amazing podcast .... it’s really brought me up close and personal.. I have so much respect for the Newell’s as well as johns family for the impact and trauma they faced . As a fellow survivor and fighter of abuse - I resonate deeply with the story and truly understand how it effected each...Read full review »
moonchild111 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/20
I loved the podcast, but it’s childish in the way Debbie handles everything. Going into the podcast, I would have never guessed that John died, because of her giggly and nonchalant attitude towards him. She NEVER apologizes for her daughter almost being kidnapped and murdered. She just giggles...Read full review »
waylakayla via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/02/20
Love this podcast so much! The show is great as well —- highly recommended to other other people as well :)
Reb2328 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/01/20
Amazing story and extremely well done.
Caper360 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/30/20
I appreciate the light this story shines on coercive control through the eyes of abuse survivors and their families. I really hope that this compelling series may educate listeners on the complexity of trauma and recovery. I really empathize with the trauma bonding Debbie and the other women...Read full review »
Lucy_Lulu_Lucia via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/24/20
Interesting story this one, glad that it was told from the mouths of the victim and their family. Not played out as a gruesome pouring over of the details. You’ll find yourself shouting at your EarPods.
Lfc_fan via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/20/20
Great podcast— well paced! But holy moly, all of her children’s voices are nails on a chalkboard.
Andistry via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/17/20
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harpandjune via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/16/20
The podcast is so much better than the Netflix show. Loved it!
KayV.A via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/14/20
Why can I hear typing 38 minutes into episode 3? Just wow.
MJG716 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/14/20
Intriguing, frustrating, chilling I also saw some personality parallels to “ the Donald”- scary
ANCHORIRISH via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/08/20
Can you please sponsor run gum🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ please
1928$&#@tryio via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/03/20
Zu brutal
urhhthebhrk BGB fhz via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 04/03/20
Great podcast. The most disturbing part thus far has been Arlane defending the man who murdered her daughter. While listening it became clear very quickly that Arlane is a callous narcissist masquerading as a god-loving woman. She hides her ignorance and egomania behind her illusion of...Read full review »
dhissbgdsksbsb via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/01/20
I saw the television movie and thought it was GREAT! I couldn’t believe how incredibly stupid this well accomplished woman is. After everything that was put in front of her and everything she knew to be the facts she still allowed herself to be wrapped up with him.
drhackenbush1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/24/20
As I listened to the last episode where the podcast producers tried to justify Debra Newell’s actions I wanted to get sick. This woman (mother which I will use the term loosely) put her family and so many other people in danger because of her selfishness. The producers tried to compare Newell’s...Read full review »
labgal39876 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/23/20
I like it
paul man 12435 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/21/20
Could someone at LA Times or Wondery have done some basic research into the cycle of abuse? Presenter remains baffled by women who return to abusive partners, despite this being well researched. Could have been an opportunity to shine a light on this - instead presenter is judgemental throughout.
Zoe 335 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/21/20
Of the many disturbing podcasts (i.e. Dr. Death, Bad Batch, etc.) that I choose and enjoy listening to on a regular basis, Dirty John was equal parts fascinating, educational and disturbing. The final episode of this podcast allows this particular story to serve as a reminder that this woman and...Read full review »
R13Avenger via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/20/20
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Harniel_tie via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/17/20
This story is so tragic on a thousand levels. The main problem is that I know, you know, everyone knows women that are this stupid in matters of the heart! But like so many of other listeners, the icky thing about this podcast is Debra’s crazy mother who recounts her daughter’s horrific murder as...Read full review »
jijituc via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/16/20
This podcast took me on a detailed journey of how one person can do so much damage. It’s easy to judge someone by their chooses but when you are in a similar situation you have no idea how bad things can get.
Random _ Username via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/20
Really REALLY difficult to feel a deep sense of sympathy for a woman who repeatedly chose a psychopath over her own children. The true benefit here is the object lesson and showing how predators like these operate. Hopefully it can help others protect themselves.
GothamGargoyle via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/14/20
So hooked on this podcast. It teaches you how weak a person can be when they are in love.
Cobangirl via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/14/20
This was so well done. I really enjoyed listening. Well done.👏🏼👏🏼
Shirley BP via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/12/20
What a story. It makes you speechless that humans can do such bad things, and even get away with it. I recommend this story to all females - you never know - who needs to understand sociopaths. Excellent podcast. Thank you very much.
MonikaMercedes via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/10/20
John was horrible and preyed on weak women that are easy influenced that live in a bubble of forgiveness and everyone is good to them although they have been running across bad. Her daughters may have been right about him but they are disrespectful and treat their mother rotten and talk to her...Read full review »
Miss P314 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/09/20
I had already watched this story on cable a couple of years ago but decided to take a listen anyway. Excellent story telling! Really enjoyed this podcast. Will recommend it to my friends. Look forward to more podcasts! Pam H.
Fice star reviews via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/09/20
She raised her daughters to forgive men who harmed them and make them think that “they” were bad people if they didn’t forgive. She forgave Billy who killed her daughter under the guise of being a good Christian woman. What a load of #%+< She is a an abuser of her daughters who supported...Read full review »
The7thBleu via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/07/20
I also had a VERY hard time listening to the daughter’s “upspeak” and “ vocal fry” and like, all the likes... but I pushed through. I was furious that a mother would ever forgo her own flesh and blood for a virtual stranger. Although she seems like a kind woman I think it speaks volumes that...Read full review »
Large Marge2 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/07/20
I found myself not making my morning calls to friends on my way to work but instead excited to hear more and see where the story would go... wonderful story telling.
cr_sound via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/06/20
Interesting content, but I couldn’t get over Terra ending every sentence as a question.
Bills Backer Bob via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/05/20
Was enjoying this podcast while I was at work and really got into it. And then the last episode came on and I feel like there is an episode missing. The live ending was interesting but didn’t fit in with the rest of the podcast and didn’t seem to wrap things up very well.
Hay_Lied via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/04/20
So glad I gave it a chance. Its terrifying to think that people like that exist.
Stephanie Green via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/04/20
So fascinating, gripping, frustrating, and pieced together so well to tell such a complex story.
Lew029 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/21/20
This crazy story is gripping and well told. I couldn’t stop listening and binged the entire series.
Eagle treehouse via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/20/20
Great storytelling of a great story. A bit scary how relatable this story could be, so it keeps you asking “what if”?
CAS90263 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/19/20
Binged in one sitting. Just kept driving around listening to it. Podcast much better than the TV adaptation.
Coooool beans via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/16/20
I couldn’t wait everyday to leave work so that I can continue listening the rest. It’s shocking, sometimes I felt really scared walking at night to home and listening. Don’t know why but it made me horrified listening to this whole thing about this man. There are a lot to take a lesson too....Read full review »
yis.ki via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 02/15/20
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