Dirty John: your latest crime podcast obsession

I’m a huge fan of podcasts. And recently I’ve been binge-listening to crime podcasts. This week I caught up on the strange but compelling series, called Finding Emma Fillipof, where a then 26-year-old Emma is last seen standing barefoot outside a hotel in Candana in November. She still hasn’t been found. While looking for more, I stumbled across Dirty John, which is being dubbed “the best podcast since Serial”. And that’s a lot to live up to because Serial is the golden standard.

SEE ALSO:  7 crime podcasts you need to listen to

Dirty John follows the story of Debrah Newell an interior decorator who falls in love with John Mehaan an anesthesiologist after meeting on a dating site. John turns out to be one of the creepiest significant others ever.

This 6 part series will make you wonder about every bad date you’ve ever been on. You’ll be hooked from the first minute and unlike Serial, you’ll be left with no questions. Dirty John wraps up the entire story which is satisfying as many podcasts leave you hanging.

Listen to the first episode of Dirty John here

Produced by the LA Times, Dirty John also has a written component that you read while listening to the podcast or on its own. 

One thing that did put me off was the ads during the podcasts. Hire the right person using the promo code Dirty John… umm OK.

dirty john

READ MORE:  The one podcast you need to be listening to if you’re missing Serial

Here are some reactions from Twitter so far

It is a gripping story but you will have a lot of “Noooo, don’t do it” moments.

Listen to the first episode of Dirty John here

[Tweet “I’ve just found your latest crime podcast obsession – Dirty John “]

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: 3 podcasts to make you smarter

3 Podcasts to Make You Smarter

READ MORE: 5 free audiobook sites you need to know about

5 free audiobook sites you need to know about


  • Reply beetle001 November 1, 2017 at 14:52

    I highly recommend reading the LA Times articles after you finished Dirty John. It gives you a HUGE amount of detail and nuance that the podcast misses – really, really great production.

    • Reply Jade Brennan November 1, 2017 at 17:16

      Agreed! I really liked the combination of listening to the podcast and also being able to read more about it. Any other podcasts you can recommend?

    • Reply Sam Wright November 7, 2017 at 06:33

      I’m not a fan of podcasts but actually listened to episode 1 of this one. Going to try go through the series and then will read the articles.

  • Reply Rob Kaletsch November 2, 2017 at 12:26

    Give https://serialpodcast.org/ a go – the case about Adnan Syed who was convicted for the murder of his High School girlfriend. Fantastic storyline and well articulated. At times I had to remind myself that this was a true case and not fiction.

    • Reply Sam Wright November 7, 2017 at 07:24

      Pretty sure Jade has listened to this one in detail as well!

    Leave a Reply