Tonia Bales was the first wife of John Meehan, the now infamous con man and serial abuser known to millions as “Dirty John.” Meehan’s life and crimes are the subjects of multiple books, podcasts, and a 2018 American true crime anthology television series.

Near the end of her marriage, Tonia says she learned that John had lied about his professional qualifications, stole and used illicit drugs, and had been unfaithful to her throughout their union.

“Those were years stolen from me that I will never get back,” she says in the video above. Why does Tonia say there’s one part of her marriage to John Meehan she doesn’t regret?

On Tuesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, “The Untold Story of ‘Dirty John’ Meehan’s First Wife,” Tonia Bales shares details from her 10-year marriage for the first time. She also discusses her new podcast, “The First Wife: John Meehan’s Reign of Terror,” available on Audible.

Plus, hear from Laura Richards, the executive producer of Tonia’s podcast who compares and contrasts Tonia’s relationship with “Dirty John,” to that of his second wife, Debra Newell.

And later, Debra and her daughter, Terra Newell, who killed the notorious con man in self-defense, join the conversation. It’s a Dr. Phil exclusive you won’t want to miss.

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WATCH: ‘My Life Was Hijacked Against My Will,’ Says First Wife Of ‘Dirty John’ Meehan

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