Monday, April 4, 2016

Serial Podcast: Part 1

I know there are so many people out there who have listened to the Serial podcast, and I, too, have been swept up in the phenomena.  I felt that with end of Serial, Season 2, that I would take a bit of time to share my thoughts here in my little corner of the Internet.

So let's talk about Serial, Season 1: The Adnon Syed Story.

A quick recap for anyone who's been living under a rock those who may not know: Adnon Syed was tried and convicted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999.  Sarah Koenig is a journalist who researched the case and hosted the podcast.
Despite being convicted of this crime, there are circumstances surrounding the case that are very questionable.  These circumstances are what made the case interesting enough for investigation and a podcast.  To me, the podcast was like a drawn-out episode of something on Investigation ID (i.e. a True Crime drama), and it was extremely interesting.
After finishing the first season, I was left truly questioning if Adnon was actually guilty.  At the very least, I am certain that Adnon deserves a new trial.  There are so many things that don't add up: Jay's stories, lack of evidence, lack of physical evidence, alibi witnesses that weren't contacted, etc. etc. etc.  Whether he did it or not, I do not understand how  a jury convicted Adnon with what the State presented.  
When Season 1 of Serial ended, another podcast related to Adnon's case began:
This podcast is hosted by Rabia Chaudry (a friend of Adnon's family), Collin Miller, and Susan Simpson, and it really delved into the legal side of Adnan's case.  I will admit, this podcast is definitely biased toward Adnon; however, they did closely examine many different aspects of Adnon's case.  Despite the heaviness on law, I also found this podcast interesting.  The three hosts took a good look at the documents and evidence related to Adnon's case, and I can honestly say that at this point, I really don't think that Adnon committed this murder.
Recently, there was a hearing regarding a few important aspects of Adnon's case.  The judge's ruling could result in Adnon receiving a new trial.  Sarah Koenig, Rabia, and Susan were in attendance at the hearing (although, Rabia ended up being sequestered and was not able to attend most of it).  
I'm extremely interested to see what the outcome of the hearing will be.
Have any of you listened to Serial and/or Undisclosed?
What are your thoughts?
Do you think Adnon is guilty?


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