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My Opinion on the Podcast “Serial”

Many will argue that all the evidence in the Serial podcast points towards Adnan Syed being guilty, I will argue differently.

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Adnan Syed the 17 year old murder. Or so we thought.

 

The Crime

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I believe that Adnan is innocent despite all the “evidence” on the surface, pointing towards Adnan’s guilt. The Nisha call, Jay’s alibi and testimony, Cell tower Maps and the AT&T Fax Cover Sheet, all of the above outline something fishy about this whole case. As Sarah Koenig says in Episode 1, “It’s like a Shakespearian play” one lover lashing out at the other in revenge. The whole case to me feels like a large piece of drama, similar to a reality TV-show, friend betrayal someone else is in on it, a hit man and Adnan the calm and collected serial killer.

Sources credible in the field of murder trials hold the opinion that the case presents itself strangely.  Jim Trainum, former Homicide detective, after being asked if Adnan’s case was unremarkable and if we would we find similar holes and inconstancies, gave an interesting reply, “No.  Yeah sure most cases have some ambiguity, but overall they’re fairly clear. This one is a mess.”  Lawyers and a forensic psychologist agreed the case was messy.  I strongly agree with them.  Jay’s alibi barely matches up with that of the call logs and has inconsistencies.  It also seems too well thought out.  Adnan’s master plan all fit together perfectly except for the fact that he had no alibi, so it seems fake.  Why give Jay his car and cell phone, then ask Hae for a ride and strangle her to death, but have no alibi.  If this murder was so well thought out, was Adnan really that stupid to not have an alibi?

Adnan Himself

Adnan as a person also piques my interest.  He is confident and wants to do everything to get his name cleared.  His peers say they could never imagine him committing murder.  Adnan shows his confidence many times and even says, “There’s nothing that I’m afraid of.”  He is a logical person and knows people will say, “How convenient, he only remembers the things that help him; anything bad he forgets.”  Adnan understands how this looks and it could go against his innocence, but he can only remember what he remembers.  Adnan, in an attempt to provide evidence to his innocence, agreed to a DNA test of the materials found on Hae’s body: material under fingernails, hair and skin samples.  Is this false confidence or is this something more like a desperate attempt to show his innocence after losing hope years before?  The Lawyers from the University of Virginia’s Law School Innocence Project Clinic who proposed the idea unearthed possible murder suspects, one being Ronald who was released on January 1, 1999, just 13 days before the murder of Hae.  Ronald, a suspect, has committed other crimes including burglary and rape.  One of his victims was Analyse Lee and he was convicted due to a DNA match.  Analyse was Korean like Hae and was also strangled to death. Coincidence?

 

A Glimmer of Hope

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For the reasons of lack of evidence and the downright misruling of the court, I believe that Adnan is innocent.  A new trial for him took place and his guilty status was vacated. While Adnan is not formally declared innocent, this is a huge step to determining that he is an innocent man. The exposure of Serial will continue to help Adnan and his family reach the conclusion that they deserve.

 

 

 

 

The Serial Podcast

The murder of a young High school student? Broken up with boyfriend responsible? Guilty or innocent?

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Serial Season 1

 

Being the mystery movie enthusiast that I am there is no surprise that I loved the Serial podcast, narrated beautifully by Sarah Koenig. Filled with different plot twists friend betrayals and surprising turns of events. Sarah kept an informal tone and always had expression in her voice, giving the reader a sense of being there and witnessing the crime for their self. The reason that I loved this podcast the most was because of the unexpectedness that Serial has to offer, the different sounds and the audio tidbits that are put in the podcast from trials and witness statements.

Though this podcast is beautifully written and amazing to hear it can often be difficult to follow and while listening certain details can either be overlooked or missed. Right at the start, the audio forces you to listen closely, “Pre-paid call from Adnan Syed from a Maryland correctional facility” the music in the background made it almost impossible to hear the first few words. The benefits of audio are to enhance the text and give this mysterious case a mysterious feeling, we also get to hear the different voices of characters in the story. Although audio has many benefits, due to the difficult listening I would prefer to read Serial over the podcast form. Reading allows the reader to easily skim back over words and doesn’t require them to spend a ten minutes trying to find the right part of a 53 minute podcast. Reading can take away from the realness of the situation and the supposed interpretation of the text, but it can also enhance it, giving the reader to develop their own interpretation of the words on the page.

The discussion opens with intriguing information on the challenge of memory, “Can you remember exactly what you did on a day six weeks ago?” After interviewing her nephew and some of his friends and random teenagers of the street, Sarah found that unless something significant happened on that day they would just give general information or wouldn’t even remember at all. If this was me I wouldn’t even be able to tell you what I did on Friday June 9th, six weeks ago as I write this post, I most likely would have been studying for exams or hanging out with my friends (Goes to show that Sarah isn’t lying). When the podcast opens with this information it really is just screaming that it is going to have something to do with memory, perhaps a character forgets their lovers birthday and gets murdered (hence “Serial” killer).

I often wonder about the family of Adnan Syed, how would they feel about the popularity of the Serial Podcast? Would they feel grateful or scared? I think that they would feel grateful that people were willing to listen to Adnan’s story, following season after season. I think they want the exposure after all Adnan was given a new trial after further investigation. In the end the public voice won over the government and Adnan was given another trial.

Keep up with the podcast to know more!

Best of luck Adnan!

I hope we can trust you!