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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    • 4.6 • 28 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

4.6 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Nelyyjellyy123456 ,

Great

The way the story is told is great! Love the fact other people who are involved in the story are also in it … will definitely listen to more

NZL8970 ,

Captivating and thought-provoking

One of the best podcast series I’ve listened to. Sirin Kale was fabulous as she delicately danced through a minefield of human emotions and motivations, whilst still tackling the big awkward questions. A perfect blend of sensitivity and fact-based insights from a wide range of subject matter experts. I’m shocked and saddened by the permanent, lingering damage to the victims. And I feel this story has more to run as the years roll by. I hope the victims can find the right professional support to recover more normality in their lives.

Extendyourtechbudget2022 ,

There’s no R in school 😅

Hearing the word school pronounced schrool just really frustrated me to be honest!
I liked the podcast otherwise but I just got so distracted every time I heard that that pronunciation 🥴🫣

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