The story of Adnan Syed from the podcast, Serial, was a topic I have covered recently in a previous blog, but for those who don’t know, Serial is a podcast narrated by Sarah Koenig, about Adnan Syed, who was accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend in 1999, Hae Min Lee, at the age of 17. He has been held at the Maryland Correctional Facility ever since.

On February 28, 1999, Adnan Syed was sleeping at home when detectives showed up and arrested him for the murder of Hae Min Lee. But before all this happened, we have to look at a couple weeks back. Adnan and Hae had recently broken up and according to Adnan, it was a healthy break-up in which they remained friends. Then, on January 13, 1999, Hae was suppose to pick up her cousin from school but never arrived. She was then reported missing later. Then after weeks of searching, her body was found on February 9, 1999 in Leakin Park in a small grave. This all then lead up to Adnan’s arrest.

The funny thing about all this, is that Adnan’s conviction was solely based off of one man’s story, that man was Jay Wilds. There was no solid evidence or anything as Sarah states “There was nothing linking him to the crime, no DNA, no fibers, no hair, no matching soil from the bottom of his boots.” (Koenig). Jay was interrogated by police and the story he told them starts off with Jay addressing Adnan’s hate for Hae. Jay mentions that it was his girlfriend, Stephanie McPherson’s, birthday and that Adnan bought Stephanie a gift before Jay could. He then goes on to talk about how they went shopping at the mall and then Jay drove Adnan to school. Jay says Adnan gave him his car and phone and tells Jay to pick him up when he calls him. Jay explains that Adnan calls back saying that Hae is dead. Jay comes and picks up Adnan and they drive around and then Adnan says to take him back to school so he can be seen at practice. Jay finally finishes by saying they go get some shovels later on and go to Leakin Park and bury Hae in a grave that Jay describes as a small 6 inch hole.

I truly believe that Adnan Syed is innocent and was wrongfully convicted for Hae’s murder because there was no hard evidence to properly convict him and going off of one person’s story seems unjust. During the podcast Sarah mentions “The story Jay told police had problems because it kept changing from telling to telling.” (Koenig) making Jay’s story inconsistent and creates speculations. Some believe that Jay was coached by police to say what he said and Jay changed the story to match Adnan’s cell phone records. I don’t find this idea too far fetched as in the Netflix series When They See Us (A true story), follows a group of young African-American kids being forced to say things by police which ends in them all being arrested and put into prison. In Adnan’s side of the story, he said that he would have probably been in the library around the time Hae was presumably murdered (Note: this was said when Sarah called Adnan over the phone). Asia McClain, a student who knew Adnan, wrote him a letter not too long after his imprisonment which said that she had saw him in the library at 2:30 pm around the time of Hae’s death, and explained why she remembered that part of the day (Note: this letter was sent years before Sarah talked to Adnan). The problem was that this was revealed too late to benefit Adnan. One thing I found really sketchy was that no one could remember that day 100% clearly except for Jay, who remembered the day perfectly to the point that he knew how deep the hole was. This is all to perfect and makes me believe that either Jay murdered Hae or Jay was forced to lie.

There are a lot more questions that could arise but some of them are pretty far fetched. For example, some believe that Jay murdered Hae out of revenge for Adnan buying Stephanie a gift before him. Although Jay’s story may be really convincing there is a lot of open and hidden evidence that prove Adnan’s innocence. I hope that one day Adnan will get the freedom he deserves and is proven not guilty.


Koenig, Sarah. “Episode 01: The Alibi.” Serial, Sarah Koenig, Sources:

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