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Married and Afraid: Henderson household shares the story behind '' Dirty John ' podcast

HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) –

A true crime podcast including adjustment, deceptiveness and murder recorded the country this fall. “Dirty John” is about a woman in her 50s who is swept her feet by someone she thinks is the ideal man. In reality, he was a socio-pathic scam artist who wound up trying to eliminate her daughter. That lady and her daughter have been living part-time in Henderson.

Debra Newell met John Meehan in Oct. of 2014. At the time, she lived in California, she ‘d been wed and separated a couple times previously, and she stated she believed, “Finally, this was the genuine thing.”

Nevertheless, very rapidly, things deviated, and she and her family recognized they were dealing with a dangerous con artist; one who would stop at nothing to obtain what he wanted, she stated.

“I fulfilled him on a dating site and he had the tendency to have everything on my checklist I was searching for,” Debra stated.

Debra Newell had actually become a very successful female. As the owner of a flourishing interior decoration service, with a lovely household, she stated she was ready to share her life with somebody who valued those things.

“I liked that he was a doctor, that he had been successful helping people, and after that when he said he had actually been to Iraq, Physicians Without Borders, that pleased me also,” Debra said. “It moved extremely quickly, and I was sort of, how do I put it? Swept my feet due to the fact that he understood exactly what to say. Everything was so calculated,” Debra stated.

John stated he was a medical professional, owned multiple houses and was a married man.

“He would get worn his scrubs and yet he wasn’t bringing in earnings. He stated all his money was going towards his kids,” Debra said.

Debra said she was blinded by love at the time, but her kids were not.

“I simply desired her to look at the red flags and slow it down and pump the breaks,” Debra’s child Terra said. “My impression of him was that he was kind of cold.”

Her child and other relative revealed their concerns about John, however Debra was head over heels.

“It was like a swept off your feet, like I’m stating, love and I just fell hard for him. I wasn’t rather prepared to obtain wed. He would ask me a minimum of I’m going to state in between 10 and 20 times a day,” Debra said.

Lastly, after understanding John less than 2 months, Debra said “yes.”

“I let my heart lead instead of my head and I ought to have let me head lead, and we went to Vegas and got married,” Debra stated.

However, the pleased moment didn’t last long.

“I was seeing signs and I was like ‘Exactly what did I do? What did I do? Why did I wed this male?'” Debra said, “I had my household, which is incredible, I have the best family, and a couple of my kids began looking into him.”

They worked with a private detective and found jail records, limiting orders, proof that he wasn’t a doctor after all, signs of drug dependency and more.

“I was so torn due to the fact that part of me made a commitment and I need to honor it. The other part of me states ‘He’s a bad man, you have to get away,” Debra stated.

Debra got out, however it wasn’t long prior to John reeled her back in.

“He’s got a reason for every single one, but he’s got a legal representative saying that he can prove John’s innocent,” Debra said. “You’ve fallen in love with someone, you wan na believe them. At the very same time, your gut’s informing you, it’s simply not right.”

A couple of months later on, Debra stated she understood she ‘d made a mistake.

“He has actually sent some pretty wicked text,” Debra said, “‘I hope you went to church today due to the fact that I have a truly tension about you.'”

Debra stated he sent her daughter something even worse.

“Among them was, ‘I hope you fall out of a building um arrive at your head and your brains splash all over the place. I will be chuckling,'” Debra stated.

Then they check out a chilling report about his time in jail.

“He cut his stomach open in prison and then he put poop in it so he might go to the hospital and get a fix and I believed, ‘If he might do that to himself he could harm somebody else without offering it an idea,” Terra said.

“I went out. I began concealing. I wore a brown wig. At times, I couldn’t enter into my workplace,” Debra stated.

Debra lived with fear and anxiety for months, frightened to death that John would find her or her kids. In Aug. of 2016, her fears came true.

“My dog started to bark and grumble at this person and I simply thought it was a homeless man to be truthful,” Terra said.

Terra had actually just gotten home from work. Her mind was on the performance she was going to that night.

“This guy turned up and grabbed me by the waist, looked me in the eyes and he stated ‘Do you remember me?’ I just didn’t even state anything to him, I just attempted to run away and escape him and he started to like punch me however I didn’t understand it was stabbing,” Terra stated, “He tried to cover my mouth. I bit him as hard as I could.”

Terra stated they continued to battle. She said he was stabbing at her and she was kicking and shrieking, doing anything she could to get away.

“I ended up like going down to the ground and being on my back and he was doing this [stabbing motion] with a knife, however the knife remained in a Del Taco bag,” Terra said. “I did this one kick and the knife fell out of the bag and it landed here. So, I got the knife and I started just wailing on him.”

She stated because minute, it was going to be her or him.

“I just began stabbing him. I started to press him off of me and then I got him here [shoulder] and I also got the last one in his eye and the last one I type of did give a doubt. I was like ‘I don’t desire him to get back up, I do not desire him to try to hurt me once again. If he gets back up he’s going to eliminate me,” Terra stated.

She stated she started shouting for help and ran.

“I called my mother and I told her, ‘I’m so sorry I killed your husband,'” Terra said.

“She had actually been stabbed in the chest, in the arm and a little bit of a fracture here [above her eye] where he missed. Thank God,” Debra said.

“I had more regret than you know exactly what to do with. I simply thought, ‘I triggered this,'” Debra said.

Medical professionals stated John brain dead. Two days later, they ended. Lastly, this family’s nightmare is over.

“I’m happy that he’s gone and unable to injure anybody else,” Terra said.

Since then, Debra has made it her objective to help others in similar scenarios: victims of individuals who use coercive control.

“Initially, they attempt to listen to you to obtain to understand you. Then, they state whatever right; exactly what you wish to hear. So they have the ability to be exactly what you desire,” Debra said.

She’s been using her headache to attempt and save others.

“There are ladies that are most likely frightened to death to leave. (They) don’t see any other method of leaving the relationship and I want to have a voice for them,” Debra said.

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