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Let’s talk about Serial, Season 1, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Hae Min Lee disappeared in 1999 after school. Six weeks later, detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he’s innocent.
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Serial, Season 1
Host: Sarah Koenig
Listen on: Spotify, iTunes
A high-school senior named Hae Min Lee disappeared one day after school in 1999 in Baltimore County, Maryland. A month later, her body was found in a city park. She’d been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was sentenced to life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae’s body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.
Sarah Koenig sorted through thousands of documents, listened to trial testimony and police interrogations, and talked to everyone she could find who remembered what happened between Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee. She discovered that the trial covered a far more complicated story than the jury – or the public – ever heard. The high school scene, the shifting statements to police, the prejudices, the sketchy alibis, and the scant forensic evidence lead to the most basic questions: How can you know a person’s character? How can you tell what they’re capable of? In Season One of Serial, she looks for answers.
Whether Adnan is innocent or guilty, more than two decades later, we just don’t know. I am skeptical, but no matter who you ask regarding this crime, you’ll get mixed opinions about the holes in his alibi and the shortsightedness of the lawyers and police officers involved. If one thing is true when listening to this podcast is the severe incompetence of the legal system.
I give Serial, Season 1 4 out of 5 stars.
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