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 • 399 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
399 Ratings

399 Ratings

GooseBibi ,

Unbelievable

Great journalism, a shocking story

BlueboyGaz ,

Dreadfully depressing

No one comes out of this with any credit. From the vacuous “victims” through the smug and insensitive policeman to the bully who blames his autism. Wish I hadn’t listened…..

Jen24105 ,

Never give podcasts a bad rating but this…

The first 3 episodes are pretty interesting (and shocking) - the way these women’s lives have been destroyed and the fact that it continued for so long as well as the legal issues and grey areas around cyber stalking is all done well. When it moves on to the perpetrator in episode 4 I could understand and even buy into the way it attempts to understand and explain a criminals actions although I personally think the podcast would be better to stay with the women’s experiences, their families etc. I stopped listening part way through episode 5 because bringing in the perpetrators mother for an entire episode just made me angry. She describes her sons criminal behaviour as ‘silly’ and clearly has no empathy for the victims or any ability to see just how serious these crimes were. I actually think her attitude explains more about why her son might have done these things in the first place than any other factor. I didn’t bother with the final episode because why would you?

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