Laura continues her conversation with Tonia Bales, John Meehan’s first wife of 10 years. In part 2, Tonia details the night her world was shattered forever, when she accessed John’s hard drive and read all his emails he had sent to other women - and men. John had feelings for another man, and whilst Tonia was desperately trying to fix her marriage, John was proactively pursuing him and others.
We also discuss how John manipulated many people who were taken in by his charm and how they enabled John’s behaviour. Tonia’s case highlights how important it is to challenge the notion that an abuser’s parental right is more important than a child’s right to safety.
Tonia walks us back to her 23-year-old self and we unravel how Tonia was the perfect target for John, the red flags and what to look for to avoid a psychopath like Dirty John. You won’t want to miss this.
Trigger warning: Listener discretion is advised. This episode may be upsetting and/or triggering and it will be angry making.
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