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 • 43 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
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

amlynam ,

Excellent podcast

I love this podcast. I’m was so disappointed to listen to Donna justifying why her sons behaviour was almost acceptable and then victim shaming the women who had been suffering for years. I thought I was going to feel sorry for her but I just ended up being angry with her.

stevodub79 ,

Excellent journalism. Poor soundtrack

The content and reporting in this podcast is excellent and the story is very well told. However, the soundtrack has been very poorly thought out. It’s quite triggering and fear inducing. It really lets the rest of it down

Daev S ,

Thoroughly gripping

I’m currently on the fourth episode after binging the first three. Excellent reporting by Sirin Kale and a gripping story of horrendous cyberstalking and abuse.

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