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Can I let you know a secret? Episode three: the person upstairs | Society

On this new six-episode podcast, Guardian journalist Sirin Kale investigates the story of Matthew Hardy, a cyberstalker who terrified folks in his hometown and past for over a decade.

His harassment would typically begin in the identical manner, with a faux profile posing as a younger girl asking a easy query: “Hey hun, can I let you know a secret?”. This collection makes an attempt to untangle his net of deception to learn the way and why he wreaked havoc over so many individuals’s lives.

In episode three, Sirin returns to Matthew’s hometown of Northwich to attempt to discover out extra about who Matthew is, this man who weaves an online of pretend profiles, bombarding his victims with messages and calls, day and night time for years on finish.

Sirin speaks to a former classmate, a former instructor, and his outdated neighbours and begins to get a greater understanding of who Matthew is. Sirin additionally talks to somebody who was near Matthew’s household and who discovered herself a sufferer of Matthew’s stalking too.

Lastly Sirin meets former police officer Stuart Lumb. He interrogated Matthew when investigating Amy Bailey’s case, one among Matthew’s early victims. Stuart tells Sirin his ideas on Matthew’s motives.

  • Subscribe to Can I Inform You a Secret? on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts
  • In the event you want any help round stalking and harassment, you may get in contact with the Suzy Lamplugh Belief or name the Nationwide Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300
  • We’d prefer to thank the Nationwide Autistic Society and Autism Rights Group Highland for his or her assist and recommendation on this collection



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