The Case Against Adnan Syed Documentary

Adnan Syed

Last October I discovered the podcast ‘SERIAL,’ which is a three-season true crime podcast that follows different cases each installment. The first season of the show focused on Adnan Syed’s case in which he was possibly wrongfully convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in Baltimore in 1999. The podcast instantly attracted me to Adnan and his story as journalist and host Sarah Koenig shared the vast details surrounding Hae’s murder. Each episode focused on a new part of case, from interviews with Adnan and Hae’s friends to jurors to forensic experts, all of whom have extremely different opinions on the case. However, there’s only so much information that a 12 episode podcast can reveal, so HBO developed “The Case Against Adnan Syed“– a four-part documentary about the parts of the case that SERIAL didn’t or couldn’t reveal. Adnan’s best friend’s sister Rabia Chaudry has led the charge on the case, writing the book Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After SERIAL, and serving as a fact-checking guide on both the podcast and on the new documentary series. “The Case Against Adnan Syed” shares both familiar information SERIAL listeners learned on the podcast, and examines new evidence and potentially life-changing news for Adnan, who, although his case has been obsessed over by millions of people, still remains in prison. The documentary also includes interviews with Adnan and Hae’s friends who spoke on the podcast, and adds a new discussion with Asia McClain– the key witness to Adnan’s innocence. The most groundbreaking information the documentary reveals arms believers of Adnan’s wrongful conviction with new evidence as new tests found no trace of his DNA on Hae’s body or in her car, none of his fingerprints were found on her vehicle, and the autopsy contradicts the prosecution’s theories. Whether Adnan is innocent (I believe he is), the case is full of contradictions, misinformation, junk science, bad policing, false witness testimonies, and poor representation (his lawyer was disbarred) shown in both the podcast and the documentary, so he deserves a new and proper trial. If you’re interested in true crime stories and frustrating failures of the criminal justice system or if you’ve obsessed over the episodes in SERIAL, “The Case Against Adnan Syed” is the follow up documentary for you!

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