Review of Serial




As you may come to realize, I travel a lot to Long Island/New York City. I'm always thinking of new ways to keep myself busy on those long 4-5 hour trips. Luckily, my brother recently suggested I listen to Serial, a free podcast about a murder case involving high school students that occurred back in 1999.
Not only have I found a new love for podcasts, but this one is so intriguing. It mainly covers all of the "what ifs" about if Adnan Syed actually was the murderer of his ex girlfriend. I'm not great at explaining, so here's a summary from the website:

"On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up 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 convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his 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, who hosts Serial, first learned about this case more than a year ago. In the months since, she's been sorting through box after box (after box) of legal documents and investigators' notes, listening to trial testimony and police interrogations, and talking to everyone she can find who remembers what happened between Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee fifteen years ago. What she realized is that the trial covered up a far more complicated story, which neither the jury nor the public got to hear. The high school scene, the shifting statements to police, the prejudices, the sketchy alibis, the scant forensic evidence - all of it leads back 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."
The narrator of the podcast, Sarah Koenig, does an amazing job with this. Each episode keeps you on your toes and leaves you wondering if Adnan really did it. To me, I don't think he did. They didn't even do a through investigation; they only depended on one man's testimony. Sometimes you think theres no possible way he could've, other times you think of course it was him. I suggest you all check out this podcast if you're into hearing about crime scenes and convictions and all that jazz. See for yourself all the ways they could have proved Adnan's innocence.


shelby

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