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Can I tell you a secret? Episode two: the widening circle ( Podcast )



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Happy New Year 2023

In this seven-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, with a fake profile posing as a young woman asking a simple question: “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 two takes us into the world of the Instagram influencer, an era when glamorous young women can become brands online. Building a brand means sharing information about yourself, and that information is used and weaponised by Hardy, who has moved on from targeting people in his hometown to finding victims across the country.

We meet Abby Furness and Lia Hambly, two young women who have been relentlessly targeted by Hardy. The women do not feel the police take their reports seriously. But things change when one police officer, PC Kevin Anderson, comes on to the case – and he is determined to make Hardy stop.


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