Adnan Syed: Finally Free


Emily Jordan, Reporter

In 1999, Hae Min Lee was murdered, the main suspect at the time was her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed. The next year, Syed was convicted of her murder, and sentenced to life in prison.

When Lee was only eighteen years old, she went missing on January 13, 1999, a month later, her body was found buried in a nearby park. The only reason Syed was their key suspect was the fact that he was an old boyfriend, who didn’t have a rock-solid alibi as to where he was. All of which led the prosecution to believe he was vengeful and wanted to hurt her for leaving him.

In 2014, the hit podcast Serial did a twelve-episode long series on his case, revealing all the holes that the state failed to fill in. It reached out to people who had never heard of his case, sucking them in with every episode.

“I love how she told the story and stayed neutral while telling it,” said Senior Alathea Wilson.

The case against Syed was largely based upon one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who said he helped him dispose of Lee’s body. Over the years, Jay’s story has deteriorated and an alibi witness who was silenced has risen back up and gave question as to if Adnan has been innocent all these years.

“I didn’t know anything about his case, then I heard he was released so I started to listen, even though I already knew how it turns out,” said Alathea.

In any criminal case, it is important to tell all sides of the story to find the closest to the truth, which is just what the podcast accomplished.

“I heard her covering both sides, which is always important,” said Alathea.