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Serial: Cold Turkey

In case you didn’t know, Serial is taking Thanksgiving off, the ungrateful wretches, so there will be no episode 10 today. But don’t despair, there are a couple of good fixes for those of you who are starting to get jittery.

Fix number one is at a blog called TheViewFromLL2 from a George Washington University Law School alum named Susan. She has two really excellent posts up about Serial. Her first post is a timeline of the prosecution’s case against Adnan Syed based on cell phone records. A couple of days ago, I hypothesized that neither Jay nor Jenn knew anything about the murder but were coerced by police into making false statements. After reading the timeline, I have to admit that at least Jay was probably involved in Hae’s burial in Leakin Park. The cell phone evidence is strongest here and it’s pretty certain that the cell phone was in the park at the probable time of Hae’s burial. So, there’s that. Read the whole thing. It’s fascinating and, rather than solidifying the case against Adnan, it just looks really damning for Jay. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a serial killer involved but it does mean that Jay probably knew the killer. Or was the killer.

The second post from Susan is one where she analyzes Jay’s statements to police and testimony in court based on four criteria that are essential to determining whether a witness is credible. Jay’s testimony fails pretty badly. (How can you tell when Jay is lying? When his mouth moves.) Susan is very detailed and a bit geeky and I find her posts very compelling and convincing. Unfortunately, our criminal justice system relies on juries that aren’t detail oriented or geeky. Juries seem to be very vulnerable to subjective evidence.

Fix number two is from Rabia Chaudry at Splitthemoon. Rabia is a family friend of the Syeds and an immigration lawyer. She’s the one who first contacted Sarah Koenig about the case and got this whole thing going. In her latest post, Where It All Began, she has put up some documents that she acquired from a FOIA request that helps clear up who pointed police to Adnan, especially the mysterious Asian male, aged 18-24. We now have a name and relationship to Jay. Again, all roads seem to lead back to Jay.

It’s not looking good for Jay. He knows things. A lot of things.

8 Responses

  1. I read Susan’s second post from your link this morning. And I’ll catch up on the other two links now.

    Thank you for sharing this!!

    Was your turkey good? We’re waiting ’till dinner time for ours.

  2. Reading your first link. …. Were either Phil or Patrick called to testify?

    • Wouldn’t we all like to know?

      • Wow — that phone timeline goes on and on! I’m going to take a break and work on seaming my sweater.

        Could they possibly have NOT called people who supposedly received so many calls during the crucial period? Did Adnan’s Lawyer have access to those cell phone records? Was she already dying by the time of the trial?

        • I get the impression that no one tried very hard. My lawyer in the cross guard case was unbelievably well prepared. He tracked down every lie that woman made going back to elementary school. Ok, maybe not that far but I was amazed at what he pulled up. I kept thinking, you can ask for that stuff?? I had no idea.
          So, I’m going with option 1, Adnan’s lawyer was not diligent. In fact, it would have been better for Adnan had the trial been postponed over and over again until all the gaps were filled and every T crossed. It might have meant he missed his Freshman year in college but it wouldn’t have been a life sentence plus thirty years.
          I’m more and more convinced that he’s innocent. The kid doesn’t remember the day because a. it was Ramadan and he was fasting, b. he ran track on an empty stomach and c. he was stoned from 5pm on. It must have all been a big blur for him. His memory was impaired by THC. He’s suffered enough. Time to send him home.

          • Also (if he is innocent) it would have been a nothing day. What was I doing on a Tuesday 6 weeks ago? I don’t know. If anything big happens we put it on the calendar but, there are a lot more blank days than not. Even though it seems like we’re doing stuff all day long.

            His steadfast lack of memory is actually his best defense. In fact, that bit from one of Jay’s interviews that Adnan told him he HAD to make an appearance at Track. If that was true at all, wouldn’t Adnan have done something to stand out for being there? What’s the point of MAKING an appearance if no one notices you being there or not?

  3. Here’s a good visual version of the Timeline (I’m still reading through it) done by the Serial podcast crew:

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