The Californian mother, whose harrowing story about abuse by her conman-husband hit hit series Dirty John, has found love again, DailyMailTV can reveal it.
Debra Newell married John Meehan after a whirlwind two-month romance – only to discover that he had lied about his criminal past and glittering medical career, and was planning to master every aspect of her life.
When she finally gathered the courage to leave, Meehan, 57, launched a months-long stalking campaign that ended with a nasty knife attack on her youngest daughter Terra, then 25.
Although she was stabbed three times during the attack, Terra, who stands 5 & # 39; 2 and weighs 130 pounds, managed to wring the blade of her 6 & # 39; 3, 270lb attacker.
The story of The Newells was later changed into a podcast that inspired Bravo and Netflix hit Dirty John, in which Debra was played by Connie Nielsen and Meehan by Eric Bana.
Three years after the events that inspired Dirty John, Debra, 64, now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she runs her interior design company, named Ambrosia Home.
Debra Newell, who married the infamous John & Dirty John & # 39; Meehan, love has been found three years after the death of her ex-husband, DailyMailTV can reveal
Debra and John Meehan (pictured together) met on a dating website for people over 50 in 2014, and five weeks after their first date they lived together in Newport, California, and were married within two months
The story of the couple inspired a Dirty John podcast, adapted to a Bravo series with the same name with Connie Britton as Debra and Eric Bana as John
Her daughter Terra, 27, killed Meehan when he attacked her with a knife after Debra broke up with him when he became possessed and she heard of his dark past
She also started dating again and now has a relationship with an antique art dealer based in Las Vegas, whom she met through friends, after sworn in dating websites after meeting Meehan on one.
Her new boyfriend, who has been asked not to be called due to privacy issues, has been told about Debra's past, but she says he refused to watch the TV show because & # 39; he wants to get to know the real I & # 39; .
Debra told DailyMailTV: & He is a great guy. I met him in a restaurant and I think during our discussions, before I went to date with him, I said: & have you ever heard of Dirty John & # 39 ;?
& # 39; He is smiling to this day, because he could only think that it was about cleaning bathrooms. I said & # 39; no, it is far from that & # 39 ;!
& # 39; He is not willing to watch (the show) because there are things that are not right in both the podcast and the series, so he wants to get to know the real me, contrary to what the audience has seen and seen .
& # 39; But he's a great guy, I've done the background check, I've been looking for red flags that I can find, and so far it's been great. & # 39;
Next month the two will make their first vacation together – traveling to London and then Paris, where Debra & # 39; s six-week-old boyfriend plans to buy more art to sell.
Daughter Terra, 27, also met her mother's new husband and told DailyMailTV that although she is still trying to figure it out, she likes what she has seen so far.
She said: & # 39; Well, I met him recently and I have to say that I am still trying to fully invent him, because I am just that type of person, but what I see is that I really have him so far like it.
& # 39; He wants to deal with me, he also wants to deal with me alone. He is such a gentleman – he took my bags to the car, did not let me touch a finger and he struggled.
& # 39; You can see that he has a good heart so far. & # 39;
Both Debra and Terra say that their ordeal is in the hands of & # 39; Dirty John & # 39; Meehan has made them much more wary about dating, and both say they would never go to a dating website & # 39; because it's just too dangerous & # 39 ;.
Debra met Meehan through a dating site Our Time, a specialist from the fifties, and says she thinks he wants to target her from the beginning, using information from her profile to unravel herself in her life.
& # 39; I feel that God has placed me on this earth to get John out and that was just part of my journey on this earth & # 39 ;, Debra says to DailyMailTV and says she was learned from her mistakes
Debra broke things off with Meehan after learning that he lied that he was a surgeon and discovered other data showing that Meehan & # 39; s story was a carefully crafted fake
She said: I really think he investigated me. If you go dating on a website, you put a lot of it there – and I never want anyone to do it again, because I think this can get you in trouble these days.
& # 39; But I was there as a successful woman looking for love, that I had everything, I had my family, I had my career, I was a very happy person, but the only thing missing was love.
Terra was stabbed three times by Meehan before finally killing with the same knife
& # 39; And I believe he started investigating with that. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; I was dragged and let my heart make the decisions for me, but I certainly should have taken the time to get to know the person.
& # 39; But I believe I was already his victim that he was going to chase. So I think if I had withdrawn, he would have continued (to pursue her), no matter what. & # 39;
Instead of getting to know Meehan well, Debra married him just two months after meeting him in October 2014 – despite the doubts of her four children who all thought he seemed too good to be true.
San Jose from California, Meehan, told her that he was a surgeon who was close to his children, an ordinary churchgoer and a model citizen.
In reality, he was nicknamed & # 39; Dirty & # 39; and & # 39; Filthy & # 39; John received because of his song behavior during his time studying law at the University of Dayton in Ohio and his medical career had been as an anesthesiologist.
His license was withdrawn in April 2002 after he had taken a gun to an operating room in Dayton, Ohio, and had stolen the Demerol that he had to administer to a patient to feed his own addiction.
Although he pleaded guilty to drug theft, he fled to Michigan before he was tried, where he was later taken, and he was sentenced to six years in opposition to arrest and drug possession.
He also failed to reveal a history of manipulating and abusing women, including his first wife Tonia, whom he isolated from friends and family and said he was six years younger than he really was.
In the 10 years between leaving jail and meeting Debra, he had scammed dozens of women – encouraging them to transfer cash to his accounts and threatening to send intimate photos to their families if they refused.
File records show that three women in South California alone had banned him from taking a restraining order.
The Bravo series is registered for a second season. Terra and Debra joined the cast, Eric Bana (left) and Connie Britton (alongside Bana), during the world premiere in Hollywood last year
Eric Bana plays John Meehan in the Bravo series. The first season of Dirty John is based on the Los Angeles Times podcast that followed the real life story of the scammer named Dirty John by his friends
Connie Britton plays Debra Newell in the Bravo series that has been renewed for a second season
Early in their marriage, Meehan insisted on taking control of their finances – apparently to help her – and had begun to isolate her from family and friends.
But to defeat Debra, Meehan simply showed how much he loved her.
She told DailyMailTV: & to this day, I still feel that John was a great husband when it came to doing things for me, and showed that he loved me.
& # 39; What I didn't realize were his intentions of what he was trying to do. Little by little he tried to isolate me, tried to keep me under control and I didn't see that.
He's a great guy, I've done the background check, I've been looking for red flags that I can find, and it's been great so far.
& # 39; What I saw was that this man seemed to be very in love with me, cared for me, wanted to keep me healthy and happy and so on. & # 39;
By March 2015, Debra began to realize that it wasn't all it seemed – helped by her cousin Shadwick Vickers, who showed her data showing that Meehan & # 39; s story was a carefully crafted fake.
Shocked and anxious, she moved out of their house – only to return three months later, because, she says, she had to give him a chance to explain.
But in March 2016, Debra had enough and the following month she submitted paperwork to cancel the marriage.
At that time, Meehan & # 39; s behavior became dangerous – she bombarded her with threats and even stole her car and tried to set it on fire in June 2016.
Debra went into hiding and Meehan started harassing her family and culminated in the evil knife attack on Terra on August 20, 2016.
According to Debra, when he learned that Terra was hurt, & # 39; my worst nightmare & # 39; from. She didn't feel sorry for her husband, who died in the hospital four days after the fight.
She said: & # 39; I got the phone from Terra and I was in shock. I had no idea it would be Terra. Getting that call is probably the worst nightmare you can go through.
& # 39; The good news is that she was OK. She wasn't the one who was dead. & # 39;
Terra & # 39; s Australian Shepherd dog Cash (photo) helped save her life during the attack by biting Meehan on his leg
Terra, who survived the attack with the help of her Australian Shepherd dog Cash, developed a post-traumatic stress disorder but, despite the horror, said she did not regret what she had experienced.
She told DailyMailTV: I feel that if I wanted to say that John was never here, I would not have learned many of the lessons I learned.
& # 39; I feel that God has placed me on this earth to get John out and that was just part of my journey on this earth.
& # 39; The fact that he is dead and cannot harm another is great. The fact that so many people learn from our stories. There are just so many great things that came out of it. & # 39;
Debra says she initially blamed herself for the attack on Terra, believing that her daughter would have been safe if she had never dated Meehan.
She told DailyMailTV that for years she had been trying to figure out what she had done wrong and what red flags she had missed, but never stopped believing that there are good guys & # 39;
Debra said: & # 39; Looking back, I just wanted to know what I did wrong and what I did wrong in the past, so I didn't repeat it.
& # 39; I didn't know if I could figure it out and I think so. For me it was very important to know that I am healthy and can be a great asset to someone and vice versa. & # 39;
She also did not short of offers, DailyMailTV said that she had hundreds of men ask her online and daughters trying to set her up with their fathers.
But it was only when she met her new boyfriend six months ago that she was finally ready to date again, with their first official date six weeks ago.
She said: & I told him bits and pieces about my story and he feels terrible about what I have experienced. He is very worried and he takes it slowly for me because of what I have experienced.
& # 39; For him to make ends meet and for me to feel good it says a lot, because I have not wanted to date any other guys yet. & # 39;
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