Mr. Syed was serving life in prison for a murder he claims he did not commit
Baltimore, Maryland – Adnan Syed became a subject of international intrigue in 1999 when he was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Before the emergence of Serial, an awarding-winning podcast that tells one story — a true story — throughout a season. Syed’s murder case garnered significant media attention but still lacked an obvious culprit. In this regard, the popular podcast relived the events surrounding Hae’s murder and concluded there were severe doubts Adnan was responsible for her death. As such, many believe that he is guilty as charged.
Serial delves into a murder case from both prosecution and defense viewpoints as it chronicles a series of unforgettable events. Through this multi-platform approach, audiences can conclude who committed the heinous act. Each episode delves deeper into the circumstances surrounding Lee’s murder and reveals more details about the case against Adnan.
This includes his alibi, which points to his brother Shahzad as well as his cell phone activity that supports him lying in a hospital bed at the time of the crime. Serial provides a soundboard for its episodes and allows the audience to create their own conclusions.
The Independent Perpetrator Theory (also known as the Single Killer Theory) posits that one perpetrator committed all of the murders but managed to evade detection until after each crime. This theory holds that the killer is either inept or intends to conceal his involvement in the crime by implicating another person.
The Independent Perpetrator Theory gained notoriety after Death Note author L. Neil Smith theorized that a single person perpetrated all the crimes within its storyline. Although this widely discussed concept has sparked heated debate, no concrete evidence supports any theory regarding Hae Min Lee’s murderer.
While this case ignited massive interest worldwide, some believe Adnan is guilty of Hae Min Lee’s murder. To this end, some have pointed out several inconsistencies in his alibi and cell phone activity that cast doubt on his story. However, others have questioned whether he received a fair trial and why his family did not attend more court proceedings. There have also been accusations that his famous attorney Cristina Hernandez failed him by not effectively cross-examining key witnesses regarding his weak alibi and suspicious behaviour.
Based on what we currently know, there are many logical conclusions that any attentive viewer can draw from this case study. First and foremost, one person apparently murdered Hae Min Lee- and only one person- despite committing multiple violent crimes against her.
The perpetrator remains unknown due to a lack of evidence regarding his identity, but listeners have theorized about possible suspects based on new information revealed in each episode. Ultimately, there are always two sides to every story- but in this case, both stories are equally compelling!
With the overwhelming evidence pouring into the Baltimore police department and judicial authorities, Mr. Adnan Syed’s prison sentence has been vacated after serving over two decades for a crime he claimed he did not commit.