'Dirty John': The true story behind upcoming Bravo show starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana
You probably know 'Dirty John', Bravo's upcoming TV show, is an adaptation of a famous podcast, but did you know the real story behind it?
If there is one thing Bravo gets right every single time, it is drama. After the popularity of 'The Real Housewives' franchise, the network is back with another dramatic tale of relationships gone awry - only this time, it is much closer to the truth. Bravo's podcast turned TV show 'Dirty John' that premieres next week is based on the life of John Meehan, a conman who caught the eye of Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard. Captivated by his story, he decided to turn the investigation into a podcast and the rest is history.
Who were John Meehan and Debra Newell?
Debra Newell was a single middle-aged woman living her best life in Newport Beach. She had a thriving career as an interior designer, she had two beautiful daughters and the perfect family. There was one thing missing - a partner. Enter John Meehan.
Meehan and Newell met on a dating site for older singles and completely hit it off. Meehan was everything Newell wanted at the time - a handsome and charming man, who was not only single but also successful. An anesthesiologist, he impressed her with his intellect, his affection and his love for charity after he told her about his extensive work with Doctors Without Borders.
Strangely, Newell's teenage daughters did not approve of her new love and neither did her mother - they all thought there was something absolutely off about Meehan which, at the time, Newell couldn't see. He ended up harming her family, isolating her from them in the worst way possible and worst of all, almost killing her daughter. Meehan was found stabbed on the side of the street and bled out and died. The passers-by initially thought he was the man who was attacked, not knowing he was the initial perpetrator.
Speaking in an interview with the LA Times, Goffard had said, "He is a drug addict. A con-artist. A serial imposter. A failed law student." He had been a nurse in his life but got hooked on the drugs he was "supposed to be giving patients" revealed Goffard. He is said to have often used his knowledge of the law to get away with his malpractices but what made him very dangerous was just how devoid he was of any human conscience. "He seemed like a guy who needed to inflict pain on others the way the rest of us need oxygen," Goffard said.
What to expect from the show
Bravo's interpretation stars Connie Britton as Newell and Eric Bana as Meehan. Julia Garner and Juno Temple portray the roles of Newell's daughters Terra and Veronica. Jean Smart plays Newell's mom Arlane. The trailer for the show starts off with a 911 call reporting a stabbing. Before you can wrap your head around what is happening, it jumps to Newell and Meehan's fateful first date.
Slowly, the trailer turns sinister. Meehan's demeanor changes after a strange woman turns up in their home. Debra starts questioning him and he snaps. She initially finds out he had been spying on her and trying to figure out how strong her bank account was. Startled, she digs deeper to find a flurry of restraining orders, a history of violence and abuse and most of all, the frightening truth about who he really is.
It's all downhill from there obviously, but the journey looks super interesting.