Crime'Dirty John' Meehan's First Wife Describes How He Terrorized Her After She Learned of His Past

23:20  11 january  2019
23:20  11 january  2019 Source:   people.com

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Meehan began to threaten her with menacing phones calls saying things like, "Enjoy your time left on this earth," and, "It's gonna get done," after Bales found powerful surgical anesthetics among Meehan ' s things and reported it to police. The recorded calls were played on the Dirty John podcast

Dirty John is based on the life of John Meehan , a con artist and sociopath. The podcast is hosted by Christopher Goffard and created by Wondery and the Los Angeles Times.

Before Debra Newell, whose terror-filled marriage to notorious con man John Meehan became the centerpiece of Bravo’s scripted hit series, Dirty John, there was Tonia Bales, the sociopathic seducer’s first wife.

“He was terrible to me, did awful things to me,” Bales tells PEOPLE. “He stole a huge part of the best years of my life.”

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He seduced her with his pedigree, claiming to have worked as an anesthesiologist in Iraq as part of Doctors Without Borders. Debra made a lot of excuses for John , but eventually, after receiving a letter from a former jailmate of his , she started her own investigation.

After seeing how John terrorizes these three women, fans will wonder if the But John Meehan did not. The real-life Debra Newell, a successful Orange County interior designer and divorced Meehan ’ s relationship with Terra’s mother was filled with twists and turns, especially after she learned of her

Part of what Bales went through with Meehan, the criminal seducer nicknamed “Dirty John”, is chronicled in the Bravo series, which was inspired by Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard’s popular podcast, Dirty John, and his investigative reporting piece.

Bales reveals much more of the terrifying story when she opens up for the first time in Oxygen’s upcoming documentary, Dirty John: The Dirty Truth, a two-hour special airing on Monday, Jan. 14, at 8 PM ET. (An exclusive clip of the documentary is shown above.)

Featuring other women whose lives were turned upside down by Meehan, the special airs the night after the explosive season finale of the scripted Bravo series starring Connie Britton as Newell, his second wife, and Eric Bana as Meehan. (The finale of Bravo’s series airs Sunday, Jan. 13, at 10 PM ET.)

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That’ s how John Meehan chats up his first wife Tonia in an Episode 3 flashback on Dirty John . Instead she encourages her man, especially when he decides that he too wants to train to become a As her marriage falls apart she meets up with John ’ s best man Ethan to find out more about the

Debra Newell met John Meehan , who she later found out previously earned the nicknames “ Dirty Not only was Meehan not a doctor, but he had a history of stalking, harassing, and terrorizing In the show, there are some fictionalized characters, events and elements, but Meehan ’ s true past is just as

In the Oxygen documentary, Bales — who had two kids with Meehan — opens up about how blindsided she felt after learning Meehan had impregnated another woman with whom he’d had an affair.

Searching for answers as to why the man who never ogled women or flirted with anyone else would cheat on her, she tracked down his estranged mother’s phone number and called her.

“I said, ‘This is Tonia. I’m married to your son John,’ ” she says.

“She [his mom] was totally quiet. Then she said, ‘Oh Tonia, I knew you would call me one day.’ “

“That just led to the whole conversation that he’s changed his age, he altered his name, he’s been arrested before, he’s been lying and cheating and messing around with other women his whole life,” says Bales.

“I’m in shock,” she says. “Now what? Is he going to hurt me? How’s he going to take it when he finds out that his mom has talked to me?”

After the phone conversation with Meehan’s mom, he terrorized her. He harassed her, threatened to take their girls away from her — and kill her, she says.

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John Meehan seduced, terrorized , and swindled women out of money. And how did he sneak past her defenses? Of course, Newell wasn't the only woman Meehan lied to and robbed over the years. He was a "magnet for girls, an A student who swaggered with a sense of his superior intelligence.

But mostly Dirty John . Ask John Meehan ’ s sisters how he became the man who conned his way His debauchery spawned the nickname Dirty John , though once bestowed it seemed to describe a She covered his overdue child support and got his car out of impound and handed him a credit card.

In one chilling call she says he told her, “Enjoy the time you have left on this Earth.”

She will never forget when Detective Dennis Luken, who was working with her on the case, called and told her she was in danger.

“He said that John did not show up for his sentencing,” she says in the Oxygen documentary. “He said, ‘I want you to go get your children out of daycare and school and go hide.’ I thought, ‘Oh my God. He’s coming over here. He’s coming to the house and he’s going to do something to me.’ “

Prior to his relationship with Newell, in February 2014, Meehan pleaded guilty to stalking a Brazilian writer he was pursuing romantically and being a felon in possession of a firearm, the Los Angeles Times reports. He got out of jail that summer but landed back in jail after he violated a restraining order against another woman, according to the Times. Freed on Oct. 8, 2014, he met Newell online two days later, the Times reports.

The season finale of Dirty John airs on Sunday (10 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

The documentary Dirty John: The Dirty Truth airs Jan. 14 (8 p.m. ET) on Oxygen.

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