Can I Tell You a Secret, episode 1: the beginning – podcast

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

His harassment would often start in 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 attempts to untangle his web of deception to find out how and why he wreaked havoc over so many people’s lives.

Episode one begins in his home town, Northwich, where Sirin meets some of his earliest victims – Andrea Yuile, Amber and Amy Bailey. They tell Sirin how he infiltrated their lives and talk about the horrendous fallout of what he did.

  • If you need any support around stalking and harassment, you can can get in touch with the Suzy Lamplugh trust or call the national stalking helpline on 0808 802 0300.
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