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 means, with a faux profile posing as a younger lady asking a easy query: “Hey hun, can I let you know a secret?”. This sequence makes an attempt to untangle his internet of deception to learn the way and why he wreaked havoc over so many individuals’s lives.
In episode 4, Matthew’s victims come nose to nose with him in court docket. Will Matthew’s stalking – which has stretched again over a decade – lastly be delivered to an finish?
Sirin talks to Prof Sir Simon Baron-Cohen, the director of the autism analysis centre at Cambridge College, to grasp whether or not Matthew being autistic may impression his legal culpability, and to debate how instances involving autistic folks might be higher dealt with.
Sirin additionally hears from Kabie Brook and Graeme Thomson-Gold, who work with Autism Rights Group Highland, an advocacy group run for and by autistic folks. They inform Sirin about how they really feel when instances like Matthew’s hit the headlines.
Lastly, Matthew’s victims describe the second that Matthew faces justice.
For the reason that Guardian began making this podcast, Matthew has been granted permission to enchantment his sentence.
- 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 will 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 sequence
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