Can I tell you a secret, episode 1: the beginning – podcast | New


In this new six-part podcast, the Guardian journalist Sirin Kale investigates the story of Matthew Hardy, a cyberstalker who terrified people in his hometown and beyond for over a decade.

His harassment often started the same way, a fake profile posing as a young woman with a simple message: “Hey hun, can I tell you a secret?”. This series tries to unravel his web of deception to find out how and why he wreaked havoc on so many people’s lives.

The first episode begins in her home town of Northwich, where Sirin meets some of her first victims – Andrea Yuile, Amber and Amy Bailey. They tell Sirin how he infiltrated their lives and talk about the horrific fallout of what he did.

  • If you need help with harassment and harassment, you can contact the Suzy Lamplugh Trust or call the National Harassment Helpline on 0808 802 0300.

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