Note: If you have not listened to Season One of Serial, I encourage you to do so before reading this. If you have not listened to Episode 12 yet, I encourage you to click away, listen, and come back. Ye be warned!
I would like to thank Sarah Koenig for not tying Adnan Syed’s story into a perfect bow. There are too many questions in his case, avenues that give the listener pause. Did Adnan Syed kill Hae Min Lee? I have no idea. Adnan’s silence makes me think he is guilty, but again, I think his story is far more nuanced than that.
Overall, I enjoyed listening to Season One of Serial. The concept of an on-going investigation/story is neat. I especially liked the words Episode 12 ended with:
“Just tell me the facts, ma’am. Because we didn’t have them fifteen years ago, and we still don’t have them now.”
Just finished up listening to Episode 11 of the Serial podcast. The final episode, Episode 12, releases this Thursday (12/18). At this point, I am not sure if Adnan is guilty or not. His friend Jay comes across as a much more believable suspect in the case. Either way, I am convinced that there is more to this murder. Someone hasn’t told the full story.
What is odd about listening to this podcast is that it isn’t a work of fiction. This was a real case. A girl died. Innocent or guilty, Adnan’s life changed forever due to this event. As Sarah Koenig presents the case, I find myself judging Adnan. There is something disconcerting about passing judgement on a person I do not know. But I do this all the time.
Thursday is right around the corner. Have you been listening to Serial? Let me know what you think in the comments.