Dirty John And Other True Stories Of Outlaws And Outsiders

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A collection of newspaper stories by award-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard—including “Dirty John,” the basis for the hit podcast and the upcoming Bravo scripted series starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana.

Since its release in fall 2017, the “Dirty John” podcast—about a conman who terrorizes a Southern California family—has been downloaded more than 20 million times, and will soon premiere as a scripted drama on Bravo starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana. The story, which also ran as a print series in the Los Angeles Times, wasn’t unfamiliar terrain to its writer, Christopher Goffard. Over two decades at newspapers from Florida to California, Goffard has reported probingly on the shadowy, unseen corners of society. This book gathers together for the first time “Dirty John” and the rest of his very best work.

“The $40 Lawyer” provides an inside account of a young public defender’s rookie year in the legal trenches. “Framed” offers an unblinking chronicle of suburban mayhem (and is currently being developed by Netflix as a film starring Julia Roberts). A man wrongly imprisoned for rape, train-riding runaways in love, a Syrian mother forced to leave her children in order to save them, a boy who grows up to become a cop as a way of honoring his murdered sister, another boy who struggles with the knowledge that his father is on death row: these stories reveal the complexities of human nature, showing people at both their most courageous and their most flawed.

Goffard shared in the Los Angeles Times’ Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2011 and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist for feature writing. This collection—a must-read for fans of both true-crime and first-rate narrative nonfiction—underscores his reputation as one of today’s most original journalistic voices.


  • 001 DirtyJohn Title

    Duration: 14s
  • 002 DirtyJohn Introduction

    Duration: 07min
  • 003 DirtyJohn TheAccusations

    Duration: 37min
  • 004 DirtyJohn HealingSergeantWarren

    Duration: 27min
  • 005 DirtyJohn Riders

    Duration: 14min
  • 006 DirtyJohn The40DollarLawyer

    Duration: 01h34s
  • 007 DirtyJohn TheChoice

    Duration: 25min
  • 008 DirtyJohn TheHiddenMan

    Duration: 18min
  • 009 DirtyJohn ThePrisoner

    Duration: 18min
  • 010 DirtyJohn Framed

    Duration: 01h27min
  • 011 DirtyJohn TheExile

    Duration: 17min
  • 012 DirtyJohn TheRookie

    Duration: 15min
  • 013 DirtyJohn BorderWarrior

    Duration: 17min
  • 014 DirtyJohn DirtyJohn a

    Duration: 48min
  • 015 DirtyJohn DirtyJohn b

    Duration: 44min
  • 016 DirtyJohn TheDesertersSon

    Duration: 23min
  • 017 DirtyJohn HowSheFoundHim

    Duration: 14min
  • 018 DirtyJohn TheOldMenandtheSea

    Duration: 11min
  • 019 DirtyJohn Credits

    Duration: 28s