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Who Killed Hae Min Lee? Who the Hell Knows?

By Dustin Rowles | Serial | December 17, 2014 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Serial | December 17, 2014 |


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We didn’t cover the most recent episode of Serial, as we typically do each week because the “Rumors” episode didn’t really add much to the conversation. We found out lots about psychopaths, and like the rest of Serial, the definition of a psychopath seemed to put check marks on both sides of the ledger: You could as easily apply that the term to Adnan as you could use it rule him out. Likewise, the expert who said that most people who are not guilty maintain their innocence forever, even to their own detriment seemed to give a point for, but noting that guilty people sometimes do that, too, was a point against Adnan.

In fact, at this point, I don’t think there’s much more to add. It seems unlikely that tomorrow’s final episode will end with any striking revelations. We may truly never know, although this post comparing Adnan’s cell phone records and the witness statements provided by Adnan, Jay, Jenn, and Cathy — if you give it some time — completley convinced me, at least for a moment, of Adnan’s innocense. It even draws up a very plausible scenario in which Jay committed the crime, and I bought it completely. Until the next episode of Serial, anyway, which threw me back into the uncertain column.

Short of a confession, I doubt that there’s anything that anyone could say at this point to completely convince me in either direction. Ultimately, that’s probably not the the point of Serial.

What was the point? I don’t know. A thought experiment? I do know that I found myself on many occasions putting myself in Adnan Syed’s shoes, and trying to figure out what I would say, how I would act in his situation. I’m a fairly mild-mannered person. Could I ever be so consumed by rage that I could kill? I don’t think so, but what if we all have latent psychopathy buried deep down within us? What if even making that suggestion throws suspicion on us?

I thought frequently of that Doctor Who episode where Donna takes the wrong turn, and that one wrong turn led to a series of bad choices. Did Adnan simply make the wrong turn somewhere along the way, and did that turn lead to enough bad decisions to cast suspicion upon him? What if Adnan had simply never loaned out his car and phone to Jay?

The whole entire podcast has tied my brain in knots, and unless Koenig is holding back some key information — and I hope tomorrow’s final episode includes an extended conversation with Rabia Chaudry, who brought the case to Koenig in the first person — I don’t think she really knows who killed Hae Min Lee, either.

Indeed, maybe this Michaela Watkins’ Funny or Die sketch offers the only conclusion that will satisfy anyone.


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