Tonia Bales, the first wife of the infamous con artist and serial abuser known to millions as “Dirty John” Meehan, says he lied to and manipulated her from the very beginning of their relationship. The couple, who were married for nearly a decade, shared two daughters, Abby and Emily, who Tonia says are the only part of her marriage to Meehan she doesn’t regret.

“I just hope that I have taught them that this is not their shame,” says Tonia, whose new podcast, “The First Wife: John Meehan’s Reign of Terror,” is available on Audible. “And I’m actually grateful in ways that it’s become so well-known because now – as grown women – they can see that this is not a man that they had any business having a relationship with.”

Tonia’s daughters, Emily and Abby, discuss their experiences during an episode of Tonia’s podcast, “The First Wife: John Meehan’s Reign of Terror,” available on Audible. Emily, says, “I think I knew everything – the drugs, jail, the women – and I was able to process he had chosen these things over me. And that was unacceptable.”

Emily’s sister, Abby, says she started referring to Emily and herself as the “Dirty Daughters” as a way to laugh and cope with their father’s emerging notoriety.

Hear more from Tonia on Tuesday’s Dr. Phil, “The Untold Story of ‘Dirty John’ Meehan’s First Wife.” And later, Meehan’s second wife, Debra Newell, returns to the Dr. Phil stage to talk about her new book, “Surviving Dirty John: My True Story of Love, Lies and Murder,”

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WATCH: 'Dirty John' Meehan's First Wife Reveals The One Part Of Their Marriage That She Doesn't Regret

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