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Serial Podcast

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Any strong feelings as to the innocence or guilt of Adnan and Jay? Been following the podcast and reading some of the Reddit discussion sites; it's very interesting to me the number of people who think Adnan is innocent. I'm convinced he's guilty for a variety of reasons. What do you think?
 

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They had enough evidence to convict that guy for the murder, if you found the star witness credible. The jury obviously found the witness credible and it would be hard to argue that no reasonable person could have found him credible. So, that pretty much is that.

From what we know about human nature, its hard to believe that someone could go from zero history of violent behavior to premeditatedly strangling his ex-girlfriend in a parking lot. If people were like that, there would be a lot more strangled ex-girlfriends. I don't really think that counts so much as evidence, but still I could see why many people might not believe it.

The show raises a lot of philosophical questions, like what is actual evidence or how we should go about dealing with normal doubts about disputed facts, but there isn't going to be some resolution. So I dont think it makes much sense to choose a side.
 

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Seems to me that there are two questions

A) do we (the listeners, I guess) think Adnan is innocent or guilty, and
B) do we think he should have been convicted of the murder or not

Interestingly, the two questions are not necessarily equivalent.


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I think you've hit at an essential point here. I seem to be an outlier in that I that I think he's guilty and don't really question the conviction. Most people at least from anecdotal info think Adnan is innocent or if they're not sure do not think that he ought to have been convicted. It is hard for me to get past a few things, viz:

  • Adnan wrote a letter to Hae where clearly he is having a hard time getting over the breakup
  • Wrote "I will kill" I believe on the same letter
  • Lent his car to Jay, and 2 witnesses overhear him telling Hae that his car was in the shop - so that he could get a ride into Hae's car. All occurring just before her murder i.e. before she has a chance to pick up her cousin.
  • His cell phone calls at the time they were burying Hae in Leakin Park.

And this is just a minor list of the evidence against Adnan. I just don't see any scenario where he doesn't kill Hae.

I think many, who are hoping for some kind of resolution are going to be disappointed in the end.
 

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I guess the question re: the conviction for me, not being a legal professional, is: in the apparent absence of "hard" evidence, how much circumstantial evidence is sufficient for a murder conviction? Which gets back to AldenPyle's question(s).

I do think there is a general sense of Adnan being an "underdog," which probably explains some of the pattern you're seeing with listeners. People also have (reasonable, I think) expectations for how story-telling is supposed to work. Both of these things work strongly against any rational weighing of evidence that might go on. Which is sort of the point the show makes anyway, no?
 

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I'm about 1/2 way through, and certainly keep going back and forth on the question of guilt. A few things though, OJ got off with far more evidence then in this case, I'm surprised the case went to trial. Iit just doesn't seem so far that the prosecution's case made sense to me. I also can't see how Jay wasn't charged.
 

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Scrolled through this thread without reading to avoid spoilers. I'm 4 or 5 episodes in and it's very engrossing. My wife and I usually listen to one as we have dinner.
 

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Would not convict. Its unclear if it wasn't Adnan who would it be. But the motive is weak. There's nothing that any of the experts say point to Adnan (bit of a fallacy, I know). Its like all the evidence we get points a clear picture but there's so much murkiness underlying the evidence and serious questions for seemingly everything that... I don't know. I can't say for certain he killed her; I just don't know who else. That's not enough for me to want to take someone's life away.
 

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there would be a lot more strangled ex-girlfriends. I don't really think that counts so much as evidence, but still I could see why many people might not believe it.
 
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Serial spawned a lot of audio dramas that use the same format.
 

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Serial spawned a lot of audio dramas that use the same format.

Atlanta's newspaper had (has) one that was essentially a guy re-telling his newspaper reporting. Granted it was a messed up case but he sounded so lighthearted it never got you indignant or spooked out the way "Serial" did. I think they did a second season but I've basically stopped all podcast listening so I never finished the first.

What are some of the others you know of?
 

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