The loss of a loved one can be one of the most difficult times for a family but, imagine the words “your daughter has been murdered”. This was an unfortunate reality for the family of Hae Min Lee, a senior high school student who disappeared in Baltimore, 1999. Six weeks later her ex boyfriend, Adnan Syed was arrested for the murder of Hae. But, is Adnan actually guilty?
I believe Adnan is innocent and was unfairly convicted of the crime.
In 2014 a podcast series was released called “Serial”. Twelve different episodes discuss all the evidence on if it is possible a seventeen year old boy murdered Hae. Anyone could agree after episode one the evidence is quite simple. A relationship ended badly, the boyfriend got mad and killed Hae. Pretty simple right? It was just like any other breakup story that turns bad and makes the headlines. Except it is not that simple at all. Here is the evidence on why I think Adnan is innocent.
Adnan was a teenage boy. Like any other seventeen year old he spent his time playing sports, going to the library, being interested in girls, smoking weed, and hanging out with friends. All of Adnan’s friends were shocked when he was convicted of murder. His family and friends described him as innocent, loving, and incapable of such a crime. Adnan and Hae were both part of a large friend group. They all hung out together and were considered “the perfect match”. After the break up Adnan called his friend Krista and she described Adnan’s emotion as sadness but, not anger. This evidence proves Adnan’s good moral character. His friends would know him best, even at his worst times.
Not to mention when Adnan was sent to jail he received letters from a classmate named Asia. Asia explained how she remembered talking to him in the library that day and believes his innocence. Asia’s letters took time and effort. Something that would not be expected of someone who was not even his friend. The fact Asia spent her time to write Adnan multiple letters to prove where he was at time suggests she felt obligated to tell the truth.
Furthermore, with the case there was a witness. Jay Wild’s was an unreliable witness and piece of evidence that continued to change his story. He admitted that he saw Jay that day but, changed where they were. Jay explained that he helped Adnan with the body however, later described he was blackmailed into it. Jay refused to do an interview with police and denied Sarah Koenig, the author of “Serial”. Jay claimed that Adnan arrived with Hae’s body in the trunk of his car but, there are more discrepancies that proved that to be impossible.
The autopsies of Hae contradicted Jay. The lividity of her body showed that Hae died face down. Her blood fixed towards the anterior of her body and would have had to of remained like that for eight to twelve hours. According to Jay’s story she was in the trunk of Adnan’s car and they buried her four hours later on her right side.
I believe what the evidence shows. Hae died face down and Jay was lying.
In the last episode of “Serial” Koenig informed the audience that a serial killer had been released a few weeks before Hae’s death. Ronald was a known rapist and murderer in the area. After the body was examined it is proven Hae’s clothes were adjusted and some hairs were found on her body. When compared to the evidence map the fact that a condom wrapper and condom were found so close to the crime scene was very suspicious. Someone who was known to commit an offence like that should have been considered a high suspect. Ronald should not have been released from prison and with a track record it was likely he would strike again.
I believe Ronald is the number one suspect of the crime. To me it is unlikely Adnan would have even used a condom in the first place. He dated Hae and would have known who she had slept with, he would not have cared to leave any evidence because many couples get back together. Furthermore, Adnan had already been talking to another girl after Hae broke up with him and I am sure she was his focus at the time. Ronald on the other hand would have had much more to worry about. It makes sense he would try to hide any possible evidence that could be used against him.
I can not image how devastated Adnan would feel to be unfairly convicted to a life sentence in jail. Adnan has very little evidence that should have lead him to being stuck behind bars. Just from some bad luck, a unethical friend, and coincidence of a past girlfriend ruined the rest of his life. I would hope the case is reopened so Adnan is given the chance to live a normal life an justice can be served for Hae’s family.
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