8 episodes

It starts the same way... A seemingly innocent message from someone who appears to be a young woman: ‘Can I tell you a secret?’ But as this six-part podcast explores, people are rarely their true selves online – and one man took it much further. What happened when this cyberstalker wreaked havoc across the internet and ruined people’s lives. And why did he do it?Can I Tell You A Secret - a Guardian podcast series about obsession, fear, and the lives we lead online

Can I tell you a secret‪?‬ The Guardian

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    • 4.5 • 117 Ratings

It starts the same way... A seemingly innocent message from someone who appears to be a young woman: ‘Can I tell you a secret?’ But as this six-part podcast explores, people are rarely their true selves online – and one man took it much further. What happened when this cyberstalker wreaked havoc across the internet and ruined people’s lives. And why did he do it?Can I Tell You A Secret - a Guardian podcast series about obsession, fear, and the lives we lead online

    The Guardian’s new investigative podcast: Can I Tell You A Secret? – trailer

    The Guardian’s new investigative podcast: Can I Tell You A Secret? – trailer

    It starts the same way … A seemingly innocent message from someone who appears to be a young woman: ‘Can I tell you a secret?’ But as this six-part investigative podcast explores, people are rarely their true selves online – and one man took it much further. What happened when this cyberstalker wreaked havoc across the internet and ruined people’s lives for over a decade? And why did he do it? Can I Tell You A Secret? is a Guardian podcast series about obsession, fear and the lives we lead online. Coming soon: search wherever you get your podcasts

    • 1 min
    Can I tell you a secret? Episode one: the beginning

    Can I tell you a secret? Episode one: the beginning

    Guardian journalist Sirin Kale takes us to a small town in the north of England to uncover how one man began a decade of cyberstalking

    • 33 min
    Can I tell you a secret? Episode two: the widening circle

    Can I tell you a secret? Episode two: the widening circle

    As the cyberstalker spreads his net wider, anyone could be a target. The fast-changing world of social media creates new opportunities for him to find more victims. Only now, someone is watching him …

    • 39 min
    Can I tell you a secret? Episode three: the man upstairs

    Can I tell you a secret? Episode three: the man upstairs

    Who is Matthew? Journalist Sirin Kale looks for clues about who this cyberstalker really is and why he creates chaos and fear in so many people’s lives

    • 34 min
    Can I tell you a secret? Episode four: a reckoning

    Can I tell you a secret? Episode four: a reckoning

    Matthew’s victims come face to face with him as an attempt is made to stop his torment once and for all

    • 39 min
    Can I tell you a secret? Episode five: a mother’s love

    Can I tell you a secret? Episode five: a mother’s love

    Journalist Sirin Kale meets Matthew’s mother to uncover more about his past, and find out what might have motivated him to cyberstalk his victims for so many years

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 Ratings

Ninja_dusty ,

Enjoyed listening

Great podcast.
Listening to Donna was frustrating! She slut shames and victim blames the victims - unbelievable!

BellaE78 ,

Thought provoking

This is a great Podcast, so well told. Listening to Donna was frustrating, she doesn’t seem to comprehend her son’s actions at all. Really thoughtful insight into the UK justice system as well.

Sarainsydney ,

Excellent

Loved this podcast - well presented and considered content - the interview with Matthew’s mum was particularly considerate - felt very sad listening to Donna’s perspective of her sons actions - would be great to hear his mum meet one of his victims

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