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The Innocence of Adnan Syed

Hae (Top) Adnan (Bottom)

After finishing the podcast “Serial” the question still stands, is Adnan Syed innocent? Sarah Koenig spent over a year investigating whether Adnan was innocent or not, and by the end she still could not decide. There are three pieces of evidence that stand out to me that prove Adnan’s innocence. There are too many holes in Jay’s story, Asia’s story of Adnan being in the library at the time of the murder, and how we can dispel the “Nisha call”


Jay’s Story

Jay Wilds

Jay, the main witness during the trials, has many holes in his story of that day. Many of these holes are never brought up during trial and are simply overlooked or forgotten. Jay is known by his friends as a liar, during an interview with Josh, Jay’s friend he said, “its not that he bragged about stuff that he did, sometimes he made up things that he didn’t do” (Koenig). During that same interview Josh also said that he, “never entirely understood why Jay would help Adnan bury Hae” (Koenig). With the way Josh was speaking, it made me think that he did not believe Jay and thought that he was making up the story. Another hole in Jay’s story is revealed after Koenig investigates the supposed payphone at Best Buy. It is revealed that there was no payphone in the parking lot of Best Buy, it was in the store. This is a huge difference because that is more time added on to the 21 minutes it supposedly took Adnan to leave school, kill Hae and call Jay. Knowing that Jay is prone to lying, it makes me ask the question, “is any of Jay’s story true? did he kill Hae?”


Asia’s Story

One of the biggest pieces of evidence that was overlooked by the investigators, was Asia’s story. Asia claims that she and Adnan were in the public library talking, at the time that Hae was supposedly being killed. This piece of evidence was never brought up in court

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Asia McClain

and could have potentially saved Adnan. To this day Asia still says that, “She stands by her memories of seeing Adnan that January afternoon in the public library and she stands by her affidavit” (Koenig). There is no possible way for Adnan to be in two place at once. This is important because Asia’s affidavit claims that, her, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s friend all saw Adnan in the library that day and that there is no possible way for him to have killed Hae at that time.


The “Nisha Call”

This last piece of evidence is a rather important one. The “Nisha call” as it is called by Koenig, is a big piece of evidence against Adnan. This call puts Adnan with his phone at the correct time that Jay claims and if the call was made by Adnan, it means that most of the rest of Jay’s story must be true. But, there is a big problem with the call, Adnan claims that he didn’t have his phone at this time, and he also claims that Nisha’s number was on speed dial. Adnan says that it must have been a “butt dial” (Koenig). At first I thought Adnan must be lying, but after Koenig brought up that,“AT&T wont charge for unanswered calls, unless the call isn’t terminated (this includes unanswered calls) within a ‘reasonable time’” (Koenig), I now think otherwise. Nisha claims that she did not have an answering machine, so if it was a butt dial, then the phone would keep ringing and the charge would show up on his bill. The charge on the bill showed the call lasted 2 minutes, this puts it well past the 60 second “reasonable time” stated in a contract from 1999.

The Power of Three

Any one of theses pieces of evidence on their own is not enough to create doubt, however the power of all three pieces together provide enough doubt to suggest Adnan’s innocence. Jay’s history of lying, Asia’s story, and the “Nisha call” all suggest that there is no possible way that Adnan could be where he needed to be to commit the murder. For these reasons, I believe Adnan is innocent and that he was wrongly convicted.


Works Cited

Koenig, Sarah. “What We Know.” Audio blog post. Serial. This American Life. 2014. Web. 28 July 2017. <https://serialpodcast.org/season-one/12/what-we-know&gt;.


Why I Love Serial

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Serial (Imgur)

Serial is a podcast about the murder of a teenage girl by the name of Hae Min Lee, and whether the suspected murderer, Adnan Syed, is rightfully in jail. As this is my first time listening to a podcast I was a little bit sceptical of how good it could be, but after finishing the first episode, I loved it. The narrator speaks like she is in a conversation with you, it is very relaxed and not to intense so I was able to listen to it all in one go without being bored. And the fact that it’s a podcast allowed me to listen to it while doing other things and still get the full effect of the story. For example, while I was listening to the podcast I was playing video games and at one point I was listening to it on my phone while walking around. If this story was a book, I would not be playing video games, it would be nearly impossible and as someone who is a very slow reader it would take me a few hours to finish it. I also

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Hae Min (Left) Adnan (Right)

believe that because this is a podcast and a story with many people of different races, that is takes away any racist preconceptions that listeners may have, allowing the listener to form their own opinion by what someone is saying and not by what someone looks like.

The podcast opens on the topic of memory and how no matter how good you think your memory is, there are just some things that you can’t remember. She starts by asking a group of teenagers what they did on this exact day six weeks ago. All of them couldn’t fully remember, most of them would say “I most likely did this”, or would flipflop on whether they were at school, work, or at home. I think that this is a great opener for the podcast, it really sets the tone. Throughout the podcast when you listen to people talk you are left asking yourself, “How do they remember this?” or “Is what they’re saying the truth, or is it a lie?”. This really adds to the podcast. Instead of idly listening to the podcast the listener is left with these burning questions in the back of their mind.

After finishing the podcast, I wondered if Hae’s family was happy that this podcast got so popular, and the story of her death revived. But judging by the fact that none of Hae’s family spoke in the podcast, made me think otherwise. If Hae’s family still hadn’t got over her death and this podcast got the topic on people’s minds again, I assume they would be upset and would not want to take part in the podcast.

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Adnan Syed

However, if this podcast was to bring up evidence that would prove Adnan innocent and the correct person guilty, I feel Hae’s family would be very happy that justice has been properly served.

Overall, I really liked this podcast. The fact that the narrator went out and researched and recorded this, really is what makes the podcast great. Instead of reading some facts and testimonies off a paper the audience gets to listen to the people that were part of the case and what they have to say about what happened. It adds emotion to the podcast and allows the listeners to form their own opinions on the people that are speaking and in the end, allows them to decide for themselves whether Adnan is innocent or not.


Works Cited

Koenig, Sarah. “The Alibi”. Audio Blog Post. Serial Podcast. This American Life. 2014. July  21 2017