Okay y’all. We have some serious business to discuss. Have you listened to Serial? I know it has become a nationwide phenomenon but being that I only heard about it for the first time a few weeks ago, I figure there could be a few other stragglers as well. It’s a podcast, which is probably why I hadn’t heard of it previously. I was like, “I don’t know how to do a podcast.” Turns out it is the easiest thing ever. And free. You just go to the website and you click on each episode and it plays it. Or you can download them. Whatever. The point is, if I can figure it out then you can figure it out. And if you haven’t listened to it and enjoy true crime stories, murder mysteries, court cases, etc., go, go, go and start listening right now! I mean it! If you work at it diligently, it will take you a day or two and then come back here and tell me what you think. But stop reading here cause I don’t want to spoil anything for you newbies. Facts are y’all, I have become obsessed. I have listened to the whole series twice and I wouldn’t put it a past me to go for a third time around. It’s just sooooo interesting. I have been voraciously reading and listening to any article, review, whatnot I can get my little hands on since I finished. And since I am desperate to discuss it at length with anyone and everyone, I thought maybe I would see if y’all wanted to talk with me. Please… Spoilers below. You’ve been warned.
Okay so the deal is this… I really like Adnan. I think he seems like a nice, normal guy. It is apparent to me that Jay is a pathological liar. Even more so after reading his recent interview (link below). The dude lies like crazycakes and he apparently can’t stop. I also don’t like the way he sounded when you heard him being interviewed or telling his account under oath on the stand. Cause I feel like I can hear the lies in his voice and the thinking and rethinking and groping for information that will help his story. I also hate the way the detectives handled the case. Based on discussion with the expert detective in the series, it was explained that they often just pick the most likely scenario or the scenario that they have the most information to support and build a case based on that occasionally ignoring some other information that may not seem significant to their case. I hate that. However, being that my brother in law is a detective (not homicide) and I have spent time listening to him talk about his job, I also totally understand the necessity and pragmatics of it. It is easy for joe shmo off the street to say that is wrong, but we also really don’t understand their job and how it works at all. Nor do we understand anything about their training or being a detective. I imagine being a homicide detective is an exceptionally difficult and pressure filled job. I read this interview with the prosecutor from the case and it helped me to better understand why Jay’s lies weren’t so important to them. However, I still want Adnan to be innocent. It was so endearing to me the way he spoke to Sarah Koenig at certain times throughout the series about how he can understand the other side of the case, and he seems so self aware in moments during interviews. I also like how he said that the thing he wanted most after he was found guilty was for people to trust him again and not think he was a terrible person. I can relate to that because I think that’s how I would feel. He doesn’t seem to exhibit any feelings of vengeance that I can tell which is what I think would be the number one feeling for someone who was a sociopath. All this being said, I still can’t help shake the thought that he may just be guilty. There are holes to his story and I can’t ignore that he has conveniently “forgotten” everything that happened on the afternoon and evening in question. It seems like he may just not be giving any specific information so he doesn’t get caught in a lie. I also can’t help but feel there is so much to this story we still don’t know. Aaaaahhh!! The world is so gray and ambiguous and sometimes it makes things so frustrating. Anyways, enough of my rambling. What do y’all think? Help me work through this ambiguity, would ya?
Also, I hope upon hopes that there is some DNA that gives them more information.
Here are some of the other articles I have read if anyone has any interest…
A podcast basically ripping apart Sarah Koenig from a perspective of someone who think Adnan is guilty… I’m trying to be fair but they are talking about my girl and that pissed me off. There is a whole mess of these Serial Serial review podcasts with different perspectives for you to listen to.
Rabia Chaundry’s thoughts on Jay’s interview
Petition for another trial for Adnan… If you think he deserves one.