‘Dirty John’ follows the story of a woman named Debra Newell whose life was upturned by the arrival of man she thought would be the love of her life. She met John Meehan through a dating site. She was cautious of Internet dating, partly because her previous relationships had ended in disaster and she didn’t know if a complete stranger she had met through a site could be trustworthy. By the time we reach the end of their story, we wish she had been more careful. We wish she had stuck to her original decision of not trusting the Internet. But then, if it wasn’t her, it would have been someone else. And it could have turned out to be a worse story.
After listening to ‘Dirty John’, the listener not only becomes conscious of the people in their lives but also wonders what makes people like John do such horrible things. If you loved this podcast and want to explore more stories that run along similar lines, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s the list of best podcasts similar to ‘Dirty John’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these podcasts like ‘Dirty John’ on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or even YouTube for free.
8. The Grift (2017- present)
While listening to Debra’s story, you would have wondered how could she not see John for who he was? Why wouldn’t she listen to her own daughters? How could a man whom she had only known for a couple of months, or a year, influence the relationship that she had with the girls she had herself brought into the world? You could have easily blamed Debra for what happened to her, believing that she could have been smarter; believing that if you were in her place, you’d have been smarter: “I am not dumb enough to be conned so easily.” If you have had these thoughts, then my friend, you make the easiest target. Conmen use this arrogance of yours in their favour. ‘The Grift’ tells you such stories. Listen to all its episodes here.
7. Mugshot (2018- present)
True crime is perhaps the most popular genre in podcasts. In fact, the first podcast for most people easily falls in this category. The audience is also obsessed with serial killers and unsolved murders and disappearances, and you can find a whole lot of documentaries and podcasts on these subjects. ‘Dirty John’ barely falls in this category. It is true crime, but not like ‘Serial’, ‘Up and Vanished’ or ‘In the Dark’. It is about the psychology of a deranged person who committed fraud, stalking, assault, and god knows what else, to survive in the world. If you have been looking for similar, but different than most, true crime stories, then ‘Mugshot’ is the answer for you. You can listen to all its episodes here.
6. Swindled (2018- present)