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Could Adnan Syed finally be facing the real possibility of freedom?

Well, according to his attorney, yes—as, C. Justin Brown claims he has new evidence that, if allowed, should overturn his client's 1999 murder conviction.

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As Popdust previously reported, Syed has spent the past 15 years behind bars, after being sentenced to life plus 30, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee—the 35-year-old vehemently maintains his innocence.

The case garnered national attention last year after NPR reporter, and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, covered it in great depth, on Serial, her weekly podcast series. However, after twelve gripping episodes, listeners were left no clearer as to Syed's innocence or guilt.

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Rabia Chaudry, the lawyer who first alerted Koenig to the case, along with fellow attorneys, Susan Simpson and Colin Miller, have been giving their all in an attempt to remedy that—working tirelessly to tear apart the State's case against Syed—and broadcasting their findings every two weeks on their podcast series, Undisclosed: The State Vs Adnan Syed.

The Undisclosed team dissected the State's version of what occurred on January 13, 1999, the day Hae was murdered—pulling to pieces many of the witness statements, and turning up two shocking new accounts of what allegedly went down that day—they shredded vital, key pieces of the prosecution's case against Syed; presented the revelation that Hae kept a second diary, which, if found, could possibly hold the key to Adnan proving his innocence; and presented a solid case that Baltimore PD may have coached their star witness, Jay Wilds, and coerced him into giving false testimony against Syed.

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During trial, the prosecution relied heavily on cell phone data to help build their case—providing much needed backup for their purported murder timeline and bolstering for their claim that Adnan strangled Hae to death in a Best Buy car park in broad daylight, before going on to dump her body in Leakin Park.

The phone data played a crucial part in Syed's ultimate conviction, as there was no physical evidence linking him to the murder, no actual eye witnesses, and no real credible motive for the brutal killing. All the prosecution had at the end of the day, was the ever-changing testimony of Wilds, a shady acquaintance of Syed's, who claimed he helped Adnan bury Hae's body.

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As the Undisclosed team proved, Wilds' testimony was highly unreliable—from his first supposed meeting with the cops, throughout subsequent interviews, and even during both of Syed's two trials, and interviews since—Wilds' account of what he claims happened on that day, along with key facts relating to the case, have consistently and dramatically changed.

And, according to Brown, it's not only Wilds' story that's unreliable—the cell phone evidence that was used to “back it up" is also not to be taken at face value, or as fact—by the phone company's own admission.

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Brown has uncovered a fax cover sheet from AT&T that was sent to the Baltimore PD, along with Syed's phone records, warning about the accuracy of their cell tower data… not surprisingly, the warning was totally ignored, and was never raised or even mentioned, at trial—despite Syed's original attorney, Cristina Gutierrez, being fully aware of its existence, and even having a copy of it in her files.

"Outgoing calls only are reliable for location status. Any incoming calls will NOT be considered reliable information for location," the warning reads.

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Brown filed a motion Monday, requesting the unreliability of the cell phone records be taken into consideration as yet another reason for a post-conviction hearing to be granted for his client—and claiming it proves yet more negligence on behalf of Gutierrez, who also failed to interview Asia McClain, a potential key witness that Syed claimed could provide him with a solid alibi.

In the motion, Brown states:

[The prosecution] said the AT&T records showed [Syed's] phone connecting with towers close to Leakin Park when he received calls at 7:09 p.m. and 7:16 p.m. But those were the types of inbound calls AT&T warned were unreliable.
If AT&T, the architect and operator of the cell tower network, did not think incoming calls were 'reliable information for location,' it is unfathomable that a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge would have allowed an expert opinion ... under this method.
[If AT&T's warning had been] properly raised at trial, much of, if not all of, the cellular evidence would have been rendered inadmissible.

Now, whether your gut instinct tells you that Adnan Syed is innocent or guilty, at this point, you surely have to agree that the supposed evidence that was used to convict him of murder was questionable to say the least—and his first attorney did her client a major disservice and displayed startling levels of negligence when it came to defending him.

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Adnan Syed deserves a post conviction hearing at the very least—and Hae Min Lee deserves nothing less than true and absolute justice.

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NOTE: Post has been updated to correct previous error regarding DNA testing of Hae's shirt.

You know that whole innocent until proven guilty nonsense that some people think so important to ensure justice is served and those silly human rights protected?

Well, turns out it's not all that important at all—at least, not when you're Baltimore PD, and you just KNOW inherently that someone's guilty of a crime—or, perhaps, you're Baltimore PD and you just want to close some homicide case quickly and easily, without having to go through all that annoying, time consuming, pesky detective work palaver….

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Charm City law enforcement has been dogged by reports of racism, brutality, corruption and questionable ethics for years—with a slew of supposedly air tight convictions ultimately being overturned after evidence of police, and or, prosecutorial misconduct comes to light.

And, it's looking more and more likely that another case is about to join the list—that of the State Vs Adnan Syed.

As Popdust previously reported, Syed has spent the past 15 years behind bars, after being sentenced to life plus 30, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, back in 1999—the 34-year-old vehemently maintains his innocence.

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The case garnered national attention last year after NPR reporter, and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, covered it in great depth, on Serial, her weekly podcast series. However, after twelve gripping episodes, listeners were left no clearer as to Syed's innocence or guilt.

Rabia Chaudry, the lawyer who first alerted Koenig to the case, along with fellow attorneys, Susan Simpson and Colin Miller, are giving their all in an attempt to remedy that—working tirelessly to tear apart the State's case against Syed—and they are broadcasting their findings every two weeks on their podcast series, Undisclosed: The State Vs Adnan Syed.

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During the first three episodes of Undisclosed, the team has dissected the State's version of what occurred on January 13, 1999, the day Hae was murdered—pulling to pieces many of the witness statements, and turning up two shocking new accounts of what allegedly went down that day—shredded vital, key pieces of the prosecution's case against Syed; presented the revelation that Hae kept a second diary, which, if found, could possibly hold the key to Adnan proving his innocence; and presented a solid case that Baltimore PD may have coached their star witness, Jay Wilds, and even perhaps coerced him into giving false testimony.

This week's podcast, titled, 28 Days, breaks down the actions of Baltimore PD from the day Hae went missing, through to the day her body was discovered—and, Goddammit, if you don't already have serious doubts about the validity of the State's case against Syed, you will after this—and, if you don't, I seriously do not know what's wrong with you.

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Tuesday January 13, 1999:

Hae leaves school soon after 2.20pm, after telling Becky she had somewhere else to be. She is due to pick up her cousin from the Campfield Early Learning Center at about 3.15 pm…but she never shows up. Around 5.15 pm Hae's family contacts the police to report her missing, and Officer Adcock is dispatched to their home at approximately 5.30 pm. Thereafter, Adcock calls both Adnan and Aisha, who was Hae's best friend.

NOTE: So—why would cops respond so quickly? Usually a call about an 18-year-old who's gone AWOL would take a significantly longer amount of time than mere hours in order to launch a police investigation....

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Well, turns out that just six months before Hae disappeared, there was another Woodlawn High student—by the name of Jada Denita Lambert—who had also disappeared. Lambert's body was subsequently discovered in the woods—she had been strangled to death.

Sound familiar? Seems it certainly did to the cops, which is why they were so quick to respond to the call about another missing teenage female student.

At the time of Hae's disappearance, the identity of Lambert's murderer was still unknown—it took three years for police to identify the killer as Roy Davis, following a DNA match from another crime scene. Davis is one of the individuals the Innocence Project is claiming could be the source of previously untested DNA from Hae's crime scene.

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Adcock calls the Owings Mills Mall Lenscrafters, and they inform him that Hae has failed to show up to work that day.

Adcock then attempts to contact Don, Hae's current boyfriend, and Lenscrafters co-worker—but is unable to connect with him until around 1.30 am on Jan 14—Don tells Adcock he hasn't seen, or spoken, to Hae since January 12. Don goes on to tell Adcock that he'd been working at the Hunt Valley Lenscrafters that day, as he was covering for a staff member, that he finished around 6pm, and got home around 7. Don says that shortly after arriving home, he got a call from the Owings Mills Lenscrafters, where he usually worked, asking about Hae as she hadn't turned up to work.

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Which, as Chaudry points out, is kind of weird, don't you think? Hae was Don's girlfriend, they supposedly had plans to hang out after her shift that day—she was going to call him around 10—yet, Lenscrafters call Don and tell him she never showed up to work; he doesn't hear from her when he's supposed to; they don't meet up…. but, he doesn't call her, or page her, or email her, to find out what's up?

NOTE: Interestingly, during all of Adcock's interviews, nobody makes even a single mention of the supposed wrestling match the State claimed Hae was planning to attend that night.

Thursday January 14:

An ice storm moves in around 3 or 4 am, making road travel conditions very hazardous, and causing schools to shut down for the day.

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Baltimore PD contacts Hae's family to follow up, and they say they still haven't heard from Hae, and they still don't know where she is.

NOTE: This is also the day, according to Jen, that she gets off work and goes to pick up Jay, before helping him dispose of the clothes he was wearing the day before, when he had buried Hae (Jay testified to it being the day before). Jen also claims in her police statement that she remembers it was raining on that day…. which is weird, as there was actually a big winter storm.

Regardless of that, January 14, definitely WAS one of the last days of Ramadan—and, according to three different witnesses, Adnan gave a talk and led prayers at the Mosque that night.

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One of the witnesses even tells cops that he remembers going over notes relating to the presentation, with Adnan, at the Mosque, the night before on Jan 13, the day of Hae's murder—but, he never got to testify to this at trial, so the jury had no idea.

Adnan's father also vividly remembers Adnan's presentation and talk at the Mosque that day, because, he told cops, it was “a very proud moment" for him.

Friday January 15:

School is canceled again, road travel is still hazardous, and the power is out in many places. It's also the 18th birthday of Krista…..Adnan and Hae's friend.

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Krista's parents throw her a party, and a lot of Woodlawn students attend—including Jay, Adnan and Stephanie, who arrive together in the same car.

NOTE: This totally throws into dispute what Jay testified to at trial (GASP!! Noooo! Jay lied about something else? Say it isn't so!!)—that he had only seen Adnan twice since January 13—the first of those times being a couple of days after Hae's murder, when Adnan dropped Stephanie off from school—but, they weren't back in school again until the following Tuesday, for Stephanie, and Wednesday for Adnan), and Jay makes no mention—in any of his seven different accounts of events—of them all going to a party together.

And, let's face it, Jay and Jen going to a party with Adnan, of their own free, happy will, really sort of throws out the whole “Jay was terrified of Adnan" prosecution claim…. along with the “Adnan was threatening Stephanie" bullshit.

Tuesday January 19:

It's MLK Day, and the first day back at school post snow storm. Adnan is not at school however, as it is a religious holiday. People are noticing that Hae is missing, but nobody is really thinking it's a big deal, and the general consensus is that she's probably just run off to be with Don.

Wednesday January 20:

The first day Adnan is back at school since the 13th, and exactly one week since Hae vanished. But, nobody seems particularly bothered still. It's exam time and a half day at school, so the students are not really noticing Hae's absence.

Friday January 22:

It's semester break, and there's no school. Detective O'Shea has taken over the case, and he talks to Don—likely over the phone, but, not one hundred percent certain, as his notes are ambiguous.

Don repeats the testimony he gave to Adcock—that he last saw Hae on January 12—and that she seemed to be happy, but that she was fighting with her mom over phone privileges and breaking curfew.

NOTE: This is also the date the social work seminar occurred, that Cathy-not-her-real-name-actual-name-Kristy referred to in her testimony—so, it's speculated, the actual, real, date that Jay and Adnan went to Cathy-not-her-real-name-actual-name-Kristy's apartment, rather than January 13, as the State claims.

So, it's further possible, the Adnan phone call that Cathy-not-her-real-name-actual-name-Kristy testified to, actually also happened on January 22, and was from O'Shea, ringing around and introducing himself to people involved with the case.

Saturday January 23:

Jay, Adnan and Stephanie all attend another party together, according to Yaser, a family friend of Adnan's, who is also close to a pal of Jay's.

Monday January 25:

The first day of the third school trimester—so everyone is back in school. O'Shea visits Adnan's house and talks to his mom, Adnan is at school, but, according to O'Shea, Adnan calls him later that afternoon. Adnan tells him he was in class, with Hae, up until about 2.15 pm…but he didn't see Hae out of class, till after school, and thereafter he went to track practice

People don't seem too concerned about Hae's disappearance still…One teacher, Mr. Terry, notes Hae wasn't at school on the 25th—and, on the 27th, when she is still absent, Terry writes a note to the attendance office and calls Hae' parents; no-one seems to be treating it like a serious matter though at this point, and the general consensus still, amongst students, is that Hae's run off to be with Don, or to see family in California. Teachers note in records that Hae didn't attend school, but, as one teacher noted, she had a high GPA, so could afford to skip a few days of school without having her grades affected. Students were, in the words of Hae and Adnan's English teacher, Miss Effron, “remarkably unconcerned" about Hae's disappearance—an observation echoed by two other teachers in their police interviews.

In fact, it wasn't until three weeks after Hae's disappearance that a faculty meeting was called to discuss it.

NOTE: There's no cell phone record of Adnan actually making that call to O'Shea, on that date…so, perhaps it happened on another day?

An important part of Adnan's appeal request is ineffective counsel at trial, as nobody contacted Asia McClain, a potential alibi witness, to talk about her claim that she saw Adnan in the library, at the exact time he was supposedly strangling his ex-girlfriend to death.

The State has always shot this down, insisting Asia's claim is incorrect—citing O'Shea's report that Adnan told him he had stayed in school until track practice, so there's no way he could be at the library.

But, hey…. actually READ the report dudes!!! Adnan doesn't actually say that he stayed on the school campus, just that he saw Haw after school.

Oh, and, according to O'Shea's report, he doesn't bother to ask Adnan if he he had asked Hae for a ride after school….. a kinda important part of the investigation, one would think.

Wednesday January 27:

Aisha speaks to O'Shea about January 13—the first record of anyone, aside from Adnan and Don, being officially interviewed by cops.

O'Shea's notes on the interview are glaringly short and concise in detail—noting just two things: Aisha said Hae had told her she was in trouble with her mom, but nothing so significant as to make her want to skip town. And, Aisha said she last saw Hae at the end of class, at 2.15pm, that she was in good spirits, and didn't mention any problems.

Oh, BTW...O'Shea's notes on the interview aren't actually written up until February 14.

NOTE: So, one HUGE question here, what did Aisha tell O'Shea that didn't show up in the February 14 note version of the interview?

Well, you may remember that during the first Undisclosed podcast, Krista said that Aisha told her she had heard from Hae's brother and they couldn't find Hae. Krista asked if anyone had spoken to Adnan, as she had heard him ask Hae for a ride during first period class…. and Aisha said, no, because Hae told her during psychology class, last period of school, that something had come up so she couldn't give Adnan a ride anymore, and therefore she didn't think it actually happened.

Chaudhry shares, “Something that's bothered me about the files from the Baltimore PD, is that almost all the files are dated February 14, that's after Hae was found, and after Adnan was identified as the suspect. Which means, all of this is written in hindsight, meaning the police think they know who the culprit is—you can see the notes kind of reflect that. They are so terse, so devoid of any details…. they basically just say, 'yep, Hae was happy, she wasn't running away, nothing of note to see here.'

“There had to be more than she seemed happy, wasn't planning to run away to California…..there had to be more that would be important to the investigation.. but it's never included in the report."

Thursday January 28:

O'Shea talks to Debbie, who becomes the first major witness in the case—before later being written out of the prosecution's case due to her testimony not fitting with the State's time line of events.

Debbie says she saw Hae at school around 3pm on Jan 13—a claim that cops initially circulate as being factual, and the time that all news reports run with as a fact.

NOTE: This could be why Adnan initially overlooked the importance of Asia McClain as an alibi witness—because he knew Debbie claimed to have seen Hae, still alive, at 3—whilst the State claimed she was dead sometime before 2.40 pm.

On a side note, Debbie seemed to think Don knew where Hae was—and, in some bizarre Nancy Drew attempted maneuver, set up a secret email account to contact him anonymously, and ask if he knew anything about Hae's disappearance. Debbie claims this eventually led to a seven hour long phone conversation between her and Don—during which, they discussed Hae and where she may be. However, by the end of the alleged call, Debbie says that she was convinced Don didn't know where Hae was…and that Don thought maybe Adnan had been responsible for her disappearance.

And, that's when students start to rethink the theory that Hae's probably just hiding out with Don.

Monday February 1:

O'Shea conducts a series of further interviews. He speaks to Hae's French teacher, Ms. Schab, who, according to O'Shea's report, had nothing of much significance to say.

NOTE: According to Schab, she then becomes a go-between for Woodlawn high and the cops, after O'Shea gives her a list of questions to ask students, including ones like, "do you know where Hae and Adnan used to hook-up?"

O'Shea also talks to another teacher, Inez Butler, who tells him Hae was NOT going to a wrestling match that day, and that when she talked to Hae on the 13th, she told her she was having problems at home, and wanted to contact her family in California.

O'Shea also talks to the manager at the Owings Mills Lenscrafters….. who confirms Don was working at the Hunt Valley store that day, but doesn't say how they know that.

NOTE: Is it possible it was just that Don told her that? Well, we'll never know, as cops didn't bother to interview anybody at the other store..and no attempts were made to verify Don's story that he was working there.

Most significantly, O'Shea also talks to Adnan on the phone, for the second time, officially. According to O'Shea's notes—which, once again weren't written up until February 14, after Hae's body had been discovered and Adnan had become a suspect—he quizzes Syed over Adcock's account of their conversation on Jan 13….during which, Adcock claims, Adnan told him Hae was supposed to give him a ride home after school, but he was running late, so, Hae probably left after waiting a short while.

Adnan corrects O'Shea, and says, 'nope didn't say that, I had my own car that day'….this is later used at trial to show Adnan was lying….

As Chaudry points out, “What's interesting is that O'Shea waited till February 1 [to ask about the ride]. O'Shea's report of his interviews with Adnan, were, like the rest of his records, written on February 14. So, again, they're written with hindsight.

"They're written after the body has been found, and after Adnan has been identified as a suspect in Hae's murder. And, this is the first time the ride has been mentioned since Adcock's report…. and, it does raise the question, why didn't he ask on the 25th about it, but, does ask on the 1st?

“Between those two interviews he talked to Aisha, and according to Krista, Aisha knew about the ride request… which raises the possibility that's where O'Shea learned about it."

Tuesday February 2:

O'Shea interviews Yoon Sin—Hae's mom's ex-boyfriend who lives in California. He tells O'Shea that he and Hae's mother were never married, but lived together for a time in 1996, along with Hae and her brother, and that he hasn't seen or heard from Hae since before her disappearance.

Wednesday February 3:

Three weeks since Hae disappeared and there's just one note in the police record for that date—a print out from the database cops use to pull criminal records on individuals. And, the only record they pull is Adnan's.

“What's startling to me about the fact that on Feb 3 they are only pulling Adnan's records," Simpson says, “is that this is before there's any anonymous call made, before [Adnan's] cell phone records are pulled—especially as they have a witness saying the last time she saw Hae, she said 'I'm going to go see Don.' It would make sense that at least Don's records would be pulled too… so, it's really odd that only Adnan's records would be pulled at this time."

Thursday February 4:

The Baltimore Sun issues a request for information on a missing woman—Hae Min Lee. Their subsequent report notes that according to cops, Hae was last seen around 3pm at Woodlawn High. She was supposed to pick up her 6-year-old niece and go to work, but she did not do either.

NOTE: Once again, no mention of the wrestling match….

Also, the date of the first TV report about Hae going missing, something Jen references remembering in her first official police interview on February 26—as, she bizarrely tells cops, Jay came up her whilst she was drinking with her friend Nicole in a bar and said “they just said Hae's body is missing, I just saw it on the TV."

The cops ask Jen what she means by this, and she quickly corrects herself, saying, “Oh, I mean, she's missing…"

Meanwhile, Jen goes on to tell cops that she told Nicole she knew who had murdered the girl they were taking about on TV….however, cops don't bother to talk to Nicole—at least, according to records.

Saturday February 6:

Cops use dogs to search the woods surrounding Woodlawn High. A map of the search area, included in police records, shows they suspected a possible link to the [at this time still unsolved] Lambert murder case from six months prior.

Monday February 8:

Adnan makes a cellphone call to O'Shea, but, no details of what that call was about are included in his records.

O'Shea seizes Hae's computer to examine it for evidence. Detective John Rau, of the Computer Crimes Unit, requests computer records from AOL in reference to Hae's email account. However, a week later Rau informs Detective MacGillivary that he was asked to cease his investigation after the case was turned from that of a missing person to homicide, and transferred from Baltimore County to Baltimore City.

From that point on, there is no mention of the computer, or Hae's email account and any other online records, being searched. And, that's also the time when Hae's computer, along with her floppy disc secret diary, mysteriously disappeared out of police evidence, forever, never to be found again.

Tuesday February 9:

We conclude with the discovery of Hae's body. Baltimore PD gets a call from the mysterious Mr. S, who claims that he was desperate to pee while driving through Leakin Park, so he pulled over, walked into a wooded area and discovered the partially buried body of a young Asian female. The PD thinks his story weird, and he quickly becomes a suspect. They pick him up from his work, drive him to the park, he takes them to the body and haul him off to be interviewed.

There's scant evidence available for examination when it comes to Hae's body and the crime scene, however—as, bizarrely, the on-scene coroners didn't make any written notes at the time, by order of the State.

Actually, scrap that… not quite so bizarrely, it turns out—because, if there's no written reports then the State doesn't have to turn them over to the defense during pre-trial discovery.

There is one brief note of the coroners findings though, which was written up at a later date by a third party.

It reads:

Body partially buried. Body partially exposed. Could not see from street. They found two pieces of trace evidence—bright orange fiber towards shoulder area and another fiber that was fluorescent blue. The orange fiber was synthetic and on top of body, the other was underneath. Fiber does not belong to the victim's clothing.
Rocks piled on her. Area had been dug out. Dirt over it. Large rocks on body, one on hand. Keep animals from dragging body off. Way body is exposed, animal activity.
Soil samples, typical of wooded area, highly organic. Collected plants, green plant material, couldn't tell if tool used.

Meanwhile, despite a ton of debris scattered all around the roadside, surrounding the area—only three items were actually taken into evidence—and, they were all found in the immediate proximity of Hae's body.

ONE: Feathers—or a feather (referred to in both singular and plural in reports)—found two feet away from Hae's body on a log. There are no pictures of the feathers however, no descriptions, nothing… so, no idea if they were bird feathers, or from a down jacket.

TWO: A rope—or a section of clothes line—or a section of insulated wire (depending on which report you are reading)—found 5 inches from Hae's body, which was never tested for DNA, and has since gone missing from evidence….. which is insane, when you think the victim was STRANGLED…. so, it's conceivable it could have actually been the murder weapon—and, as noted in the autopsy report, there were marks on Hae's neck that were consistent with the killer either wearing gloves or using a ROPE.

THREE: A brandy bottle—found 8 inches from Hae's body, that contained human skin cells which were successfully retrieved from the neck of the bottle—BUT, never tested for DNA!!!!

Hmmm….. wonder why?

Well, by that time, the cops had already quizzed all of Adnan's friends about whether he drank, to which the majority replied no, and a few said he had had a drink on New Year's Eve recently, but that's it. So, it's highly unlikely Adnan would have been suddenly chugging down bottles of brandy in the woods as he's burying his ex-girlfriend's body….

So, hey, let's NOT test it, just in case somebody else's DNA shows up, and just confuses our nicely put together case, yeah?

According to reports around that time, this was pretty standard practice for Baltimore PD—don't send for DNA testing if you think the results will “complicate" the investigation…. i.e.: let the suspect you've fingered for the crime off the hook.

One piece of evidence that was tested for DNA though in September/October of 1999, was a shirt with a blood stain that was discovered in Hae's car—it came back as a match only for Hae's blood.

Oh, and get this…. the examiner noted in their report that the seal on the container that held Jay's blood sample was intact upon arrival at his office, but the seals on both Adnan's and Hae's had been broken…. So, had DNA testing actually been carried out on other evidence previous to the shirt, but was subsequently buried and never disclosed?

So, here's a summary of murder case fabrication 101, Baltimore PD style:

Pick your suspect, totally fabricate a time line to fit with your theory of how the murder went down, coerce witnesses into giving testimony backing that up, coach them into giving details that fit, get them to change their testimony time and time again as the pesky facts of what actually happened start contradicting your fabricated time line, remove any witness accounts or statements that conflict with your theory from public record, don't interview any witnesses you suspect may back up your suspect's testimony, don't bother interviewing any witnesses that could potentially provide an alibi for your suspect, and, pick and chose what evidence to DNA test (or which test results to disclose) in order to seal your fabricated murder case tightly closed.

Nice work guys!

One of the main questions people who have been following the case against Adnan Syed always ask, is—why on earth would the State's star witness, Jay Wilds, completely lie through his teeth when it came to his testimony that Syed strangled a girl to death?

I mean, who would ever do that? And, if they did, why would they do that?!! Surely, nobody would invent a story like that, and send an innocent person to jail, for the rest of their life?

What could their motivation possibly be to spur them to commit such a heinous act?

Well, perhaps they would lie if the motivation to do so was strong enough—if, perhaps, that motivation was to save their own ass from jail.

As Popdust previously reported, Syed has spent the past 15 years behind bars, after being sentenced to life plus 30, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, back in 1999—the 34-year-old vehemently maintains his innocence.

The case garnered national attention last year after NPR reporter, and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, covered it in great depth, on Serial, her weekly podcast series. However, after twelve gripping episodes, listeners were left no clearer as to Syed's innocence or guilt.

Rabia Chaudry, the lawyer who first alerted Koenig to the case, along with fellow attorneys, Susan Simpson and Colin Miller, are giving their all in an attempt to remedy that—working tirelessly to tear apart the State's case against Syed—and they are broadcasting their findings every two weeks on their podcast series, Undisclosed: The State Vs Adnan Syed.

During the first episode of Undisclosed, the team dissected the State's version of what occurred on January 13, 1999, the day Hae was murdered—pulling to pieces many of the witness statements, and turning up two shocking new accounts of what allegedly went down that day, that were never presented at either the first trial (which ended in a mistrial), or the second, which resulted in Syed's conviction.

In a follow-up special broadcast a week later, titled, Addendum 1: New Information About The Trip To Cathy's, Chaudry, Simpson and Miller shredded another vital, key piece of the prosecution's case against Syed—what purportedly went down January 13 (post murder, pre-body dump), at the apartment of "Cathy" [real name Christy], a close friend of Wilds'.

The second installment of Undisclosed, focused on Hae's movements that fateful day—and, as became evident very early on in Serial, the prosecution's version of events appears to be more than a little “off."

Then, in a second special, titled Addendum 2: More information on Takera, and on Hae's other diary—they presented the revelation that Hae kept a second diary, which, if found, could possibly hold the key to Adnan proving his innocence.

The last podcast, covering the purported events of Jay's day on January 13, proved to be the real Kryptonite when it comes to the State's case against Syed—as the Undisclosed team presented a solid case arguing that the Baltimore Police Department may have coached their star witness, and even perhaps coerced him into giving false testimony.

This week though, shit got even more real, with a special podcast titled, Addendum 3: When Did Jay First Talk To The Cops—which seemed to present a clear cut motivation for Jay Wilds to go along with cops' wishes and totally invent his testimony against Syed.

The Undisclosed team puts forth a really good argument that Wilds actually met with cops several times before his official "first" interview of February 28—they also throw some very serious doubt on how they were led to Wilds as a witness in the first place.

But, the real bombshell, is the revelation that Wilds had a stet entered by the State's prosecutor, on March 5, just a week after he gave his first "official" interview—basically relinquishing him of his pending criminal charges.

“On January 27, Jay was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest," Chaudry explains. "Jay was never prosecuted on those charges however, because,on March 5, a stet was entered.


"A stet is kind of like a pause button on a criminal charge. It doesn't dismiss the charge, but it does suspend it, and, as long as the defendant complies with any conditions that are imposed by the prosecutor entering the stet it will be dismissed at a later date. "

Whoa! seriously? You catch that?!!! Is that motivation enough for somebody to lie through their fucking teeth?!!!

Oh, and, know what? The States other star witness, Jenn, met with the prosecutor the goddamn day before......

411 On Baltimore City PD Corruption, Racism, Witness Coercion And Coaching

I'm telling you—this is just personal speculation, but, I have a really strong gut instinct that tells me the Baltimore cops just wanted to clear this murder case off their books really quick—they looked to the "Muslim" ex-boyfriend as their prime suspect and then just fitted the whole case accordingly.

Only time will tell I guess......

Meanwhile, keep checking back on Popdust for more updates on the story—and head over to audioboom for more Undisclosed: The state Vs Adnan Syed.

Adnan Syed, whose case, as Popdust previously reported, has been the subject of the hugely popular Podcasts Serial and the fascinating follow up Undisclosed, got good news on Monday in the form of an important legal victory regarding his case.

Syed was 19 when he was convicted of murdering his ex girlfriend and fellow student Hae Min Lee back in 1999, and he has always maintained his innocence.  The case sparked national attention last year when NPR reporter and This American Life producer Sarah Koenig made it the focus of her new Podcast, Serial, which attracted over 5 million listeners.

The interest in Syed, and whether he was wrongfully convicted, has been the subject of huge online discussion and more evidence has come to light since Serial's broadcast ended.  This has led to family friend and attorney, Rabia Chaudry and fellow attorneys Susan Simpson and Colin Miller producing a follow up Podcast, Undisclosed, which is currently broadcasting every two weeks.

There were serious flaws in the investigation and legitimate questions to be answered by Baltimore PD regarding their treatment of the case.  Syed has argued that his trial attorney, Cristina Gutierrez made a series of mistakes on his case, including failing to speak to a crucial witness and later ignoring his request to seek a plea deal.

Well on Monday, Syed got a big break in his fight for a new trial. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals agreed to send his case back to a lower court so that he can file a request to reopen the case.

This is hugely important, as Syed's legal team want an affidavit by a witness who gives him a potential alibi to be considered—this referral to a lower court opens the door to her testimony being included in the appeal he has pending.  The account of Asia McClain was never raised by his defence at trial—despite Syed urging his lawyer to follow it up (which is one of the reasons behind his claim of ineffective counsel).  McClain states that she was with Syed in a library at the time the prosecution assert Lee was killed.  She also claims she was discouraged from attending Syed's original post conviction hearings in 2012.  The court also granted a stay of the appeal (giving time for the new evidence to be included), stating that it is "in the interest of justice".

McClain’s attorney said

“If subpoenaed by either party, Ms McClain, as she’s always wanted to do, will fulfil her obligation to testify truthfully to any question asked of her”.

Rabia Chaudry told CNN affiliate WBAL;

"We get to go back into post-conviction, like we did three years ago, basically bring in Asia and the court can then decide if the attorney messed up by not bringing in the alibi witness."

The circuit court still has to decide whether to reopen the post-conviction proceedings. But Syed is pleased with the appeal court's order, according to his brother, Yusuf Syed, who spoke to him Monday and told WBAL;

"He was really happy and excited, especially since the court said it was in the interest of justice."

Syed, 34,  is currently serving a life sentence for Lee's murder.

Oh my f*cking God, if you still believe the case against Adnan Syed is 100 percent airtight—and that there's no room for any reasonable doubt when it comes to the evidence and testimony that was used to convict him—you better stop what you are doing right now, and listen to this week's episode of Undisclosed.

As Popdust previously reported, the 34-year-old has spent the past 15 years behind bars, after being sentenced to life plus 30 years, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee back in 1999—Syed vehemently maintains his innocence.

The case garnered national attention last year after NPR reporter, and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, covered it in great depth, on Serial, her weekly podcast series. However, after twelve gripping episodes, listeners were left no clearer as to Syed's innocence or guilt.

Rabia Chaudry, the lawyer who first alerted Koenig to the case, along with fellow attorneys, Susan Simpson and Colin Miller, are giving their all in an attempt to remedy that—working tirelessly to tear apart the State's case against Syed—and they are broadcasting their findings every two weeks on their podcast series, Undisclosed: The State Vs Adnan Syed.

During the first episode of Undisclosed, the team dissected the State's version of what occurred on January 13, 1999, the day Hae was murdered—pulling to pieces many of the witness statements, and turning up two shocking new accounts of what allegedly went down that day, that were never presented at either the first trial (which ended in a mistrial), or the second, which resulted in Syed's conviction.

In a follow-up special broadcast a week later, titled, Addendum 1: New Information About The Trip To Cathy's, Chaudry, Simpson and Miller shredded another vital, key piece of the prosecution's case against Syed—what purportedly went down January 13 (post murder, pre-body dump), at the apartment of "Cathy" [real name Christy], a close friend of the prosecution's star witness, Jay Wilds.

The second installment of Undisclosed, focused on Hae's movements that fateful day—and, as became evident very early on in Serial, the prosecution's version of events appears to be more than a little “off."

Then, in a second special, broadcast, last week, titled Addendum 2: More information on Takera, and on Hae's other diary—they presented the revelation that Hae kept a second diary, which, if found, could possibly hold the key to Adnan proving his innocence.

But, it's this week's broadcast, covering the purported events of Jay's day on January 13, that proves to be the real Kryptonite when it comes to the State's case against Syed.

And, as became very apparent, very early on, and then continued throughout the entirety of Serial, there is something very very rotten in the state of Maryland...specifically Baltimore.... more specifically Baltimore Police Department.

“January 13, 1999, is the seminal day in this case," Chaudry starts off as way of introduction. “That is the day Hae Lee would leave school and disappear forever. Today, we get to the heart of the State's case—the center of gravity in this murder charge against Adnan, a wormhole that warps timelines, and maybe the most mysterious figure in this story, according even to Serial—today, we look at Jay's day."

She then goes on to lay out what we DO know about Jay:

“Who is Jay? Jay is a former Woodlawn Hills student," Chaudry says. “He graduated a year before Adnan and Hae, he knew them primarily because of Stephanie, his girlfriend—Stephanie and Jay had dated since middle school….Stephanie had been friends with Adnan since middle school, they were pretty close, they were in the magnet program together, and they had been crowned the King and Queen of junior prom in the spring of 1998."

Then, what people who have been following the case always want to know—were Jay and Adnan friends?

I mean, I'm not the only one here wondering, why would Adnan call Jay and ask him to help bury the body of the ex-girlfriend he just brutally murdered, if the two weren't at least friends? Makes no sense, right?

“According to the statements we have—both at trial, and police statements—whether made by Adnan, or Jay, or Jen—Jen was also a Woodlawn High 1998 graduate, and a friend of Jay's, and very much involved in the prosecution of the case…according to all those folks, it seems like they weren't actually really friends," Chaudry claims, going on to reference Jen's interview with cops in 1999, where she talks about Jay and Adnan not being “friend" friends, and Jay's own testimony during trial in 2000, where he says they “weren't really tight" and that Adnan was more of an acquaintance than a friend.

OK! Well, so what actually happened between these two “acquaintances" on that fateful day? What do we know to be real, true, actual fact?

“We start the day with Adnan dropping off his car with Jay," Chaudry explains. “They both agree on the time… there's a 10.45 am call to Jay, after which, Adnan comes by his house…the problem with telling the story about Jay's day, is that Jay has given a minimum of seven different stories about what happened on January 13th…four police interviews, two trial testimonies, and most recently, an interview he gave to the Intercept."

“Simply put, these stories are not consistent at all," Miller continues. “Despite the prosecution's claim at trial, there's no spine to Jay's story that holds it together…there's very little detail that's consistent across even really two of these different stories by Jay—and even if we ignore the minor details, there's simply no consistency in the big picture of what Jay is telling the cops, and eventually the jury at trial.

“When we really break it down, there's only been a few things that have really been consistent throughout Jay's story and they're pretty minor.

“And so, first, he consistently says that Hae's body was buried in Leakin Park, although the time for this burial varies quite dramatically, he does consistently say that at least one of the instruments that was used to bury Hae's body was a shovel, and, he does say it came from one of his relatives' houses, but, he doesn't say which house consistently across interviews.

“He does acknowledge he had Adnan's car and phone on January 13th…. he does consistently say that he was at Jen's house on Jan 13th, until at least 3.40…which, of course, is inconsistent with the State's theory at trial—which is that Hae was killed by 2.36…which is when the Best Buy call took place.

“And, finally, he is consistent that on January 13th, Adnan showed him Hae's body, in the trunk of her Sentra—although, both the time and the location of this trunk pop varied quite meaningfully across his interviews and testimony…And so, when we look at these consistencies in Jay's story, they really mean nothing without, again, this big spine and structure that holds it together.

“For instance, the shovels…sometimes he says there was one shovel, sometimes it's two shovels, sometimes there's a pick involved, sometimes he's helping to bury the body, sometimes not. Whose house did they come from? Was it from his mother's house? His grandmother's house? And so, we have all these various stories about the burial… and in terms of the trunk pop…. where did that take place? Was it the Woodlawn library? Was it a strip off of Vincent Avenue? Was it Franklin Town Road? The Best Buy, the story at trial? Was it a pool hall as he told his friend? Was it a gas station? Was it at his grandmother's house?

“And so, if we look at all these stories, up until 2014 they vary very wildly, and then, finally in The Intercept interview, he actually says he lied to the police initially, and said the trunk pop happened at “Cathy's" house, despite that never being disclosed to the defense at trial.

“And so, what we see, is that when we try to decipher what Jay is saying in these various statements, it's almost meaningless to do so, because these accountings are so very different...and, in fact, he's admitted himself, that he's lied in various statements about the events of January 13th 1999.

"And so that then leaves us with just two things we can look at when trying to decipher what aspects of Jay's day might in fact be reality—and, the first is to look at other witnesses and what they have to say about interacting with Jay on January 13th… and the second is to see the evolution of Jay's story…where it started, and how it got from point A to point Z when he eventually testified at trial."

The two witnesses are Jen and "Cathy" [real name Christy]—and Miller breaks down Jen's story bit by bit—first, when Jay went over to Jen's house in the morning….second, what did Jen and Jay do while he was at her house? Third, when did Jay leave her house? Next, when did Jen and Jay meet up again later that evening? Finally, what did they actually do that evening?

And, it soon becomes crystal clear that Jen's account does not match with Jay's at all….

For instance, when it comes to them meeting up for the first time in the day, Jen told cops, “I want to say I got home, probably between 12.30 and 1, and then I'd say Jay got there probably between 1 and 1.30."

However, Jay claims he went to the house to hang out with Jen's little brother Mark, they played video games together, went to the mall, returned to the house and then Jen turned up.

How about what the two did after that? Does that match at all?

Nope, not really.

Jen says that she and Jay were at her place all afternoon and that Jay never left. However, according to Jay, he left and came back multiple times. They also don't agree when it comes to the phone calls that Jay received while at Jen's house—one of them supposedly from Adnan, post murder, asking Jay to, “come and get me, the bitch is dead."

One thing they do consistently agree on though—is that Jay was still at Jen's house until around 3.40pm, when Jay supposedly got the call from Adnan….and that's pretty damn significant, because, as Miller points out, it completely debunks the “Nisha call" theory that the State relied on at trial to “prove" Adnan had killed Hae by 2.35, and been back with his phone [which Jay had borrowed for the day] by 3.32.

Plus, it doesn't fit anywhere with the call log for Adnan's cell from that day—which shows a call at 3.15 and then next one not until 4.30….

So, when you consider how many times Jay's story has changed—how all the different supposed facts shifted and morphed time and time again, why did he consistently stick to the 3.40 time claim?

Well, drum roll…..

“That's [Jen and Jay's] alibi," Chaudry opines. "Jen and Jay were together till 3.40, a time when we know Hae had already been intercepted and was probably already killed. So, if Jen and Jay were together till 3.40 pm, like they say, then neither could be responsible for her murder."

Whoa….

OK, well, what happened that evening—supposedly after Jay had helped Adnan bury Hae's body in Leakin Park? Do Jen and Jay's stories match there?

Once again—nope....not the f*ck at all.

Jay claims he and Adnan buried the body, then they abandoned Hae's car on a vacant lot, then he and Adnan stopped by the mall to toss the shovel/shovels/pick/whatever in a dumpster, that Adnan then dropped him off at home, and then Jen came to pick him up from there later. He goes on to claim that after she picked him up from his house he told her what had just just happened and Jen took him to a dumpster to dispose of the clothes he had been wearing.

However, Jen claims Adnan dropped Jay off at the mall and that's where she met him—and, according to Jen, they didn't drive to drop off the clothes until the next day!

And, that's the version of events that the prosecution chose to run with at trial.

So, finally….. what did Jen and Jay do after they met up (wherever it actually was?!!)…

Well, once again, who really knows, as their accounts vary dramatically…

They both agree that they stopped by Stephanie's house—and bizarrely, they both claim it was around 8.30—which is categorically not possible, as Stephanie was playing a basketball game that night which didn't finish till just before 10.30 pm.

However, after both agreeing on something that couldn't have actually happened, their accounts of the rest of the night go their separate ways—with Jen claiming they went to a party at an on-campus sorority house for an hour or so, before heading to “Cathy" [Christy] and Jeff's house—and Jay claiming they went straight to their house and did not go to a party before hand.

But, now we get to the real crux of the matter.

As Simpson says, “We've always known Jay lies, he admits he lies… but the real enigma here is… why?"

That's the million dollar question… what would be his motivation? What's the utility of these lies?

Turns out, as Chaudry explains, “All this time we had been trying to plot Jay's dream, but it turns out, it was ever his dream to begin with."

Then shit gets real….. REAL real......real f*cking crazy.

The Undisclosed team plays audio from Jay's interviews with cops—and, if what we are hearing is true and un-doctored in anyway, their argument that the Baltimore Police coached their star witness during his interviews, and coerced and bullied him in to giving false testimony against Adnan, holds pretty damn true.

It's dynamite—and you can listen to it below.

Meanwhile, keep checking back on Popdust for more updates on the story—and head over to audioboom for more Undisclosed: The state Vs Adnan Syed.

The Undisclosed team continues to muddy the legal waters that were used to drown Adnan Syed and land him in jail for the rest of his life.

As Popdust previously reported, Syed, 34, has spent the past 15 years behind bars, after being sentenced to life plus 30 years, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee back in 1999—Syed vehemently maintains his innocence.

The case garnered national attention last year after NPR reporter, and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, covered it in great depth, on Serial, her weekly podcast series. However, after twelve gripping episodes, listeners were left no clearer as to Syed's innocence or guilt.

Rabia Chaudry, the lawyer who first alerted Koenig to the case, along with fellow attorneys, Susan Simpson and Colin Miller, are giving their all in an attempt to remedy that—working tirelessly to tear apart the State’s case against Syed—and they are broadcasting their findings every two weeks on their podcast series, Undisclosed: The State Vs Adnan Syed.

During the first episode of Undisclosed, the team dissected the State’s version of what occurred on January 13, 1999, the day Hae was murdered—pulling to pieces many of the witness statements, and turning up two shocking new accounts of what allegedly went down that day, that were never presented at either the first trial (which ended in a mistrial), or the second, which resulted in Syed’s conviction.

In a follow-up special broadcast a week later, titled, Addendum 1: New Information About The Trip To Cathy’s, Chaudry, Simpson and Miller shredded another vital, key piece of the prosecution’s case against Syed—what purportedly went down January 13 (post murder, pre-body dump), at the apartment of Cathy, a close friend of the prosecution's star witness, Jay Wilds.

The second installment of Undisclosed, focused on Hae’s movements that fateful day—and, as became evident very early on in Serial, the prosecution’s version of events appears to be more than a little “off.”

Today, they broadcast another special, titled Addendum 2: More information on Takera, and on Hae’s other diary—the latter of which, if found, could possibly hold the key to Adnan proving his innocence.

But, more on that later.

The team kicks off the podcast by answering listener questions, which cover a variety of subjects—including the level of friendship between Hae and Jay Wilds; the true identity of the mysterious “Takera” and why she wasn’t interviewed by authorities following Hae’s murder; why nobody can track down evidence of when exactly the interview between Hae and local news station, Channel 36, actually happened; if the clothes Hae was wearing in that interview can be compared to those found on her body; if the wrestling match that the State claims happened January 13th, wasn’t on that date, what does it mean for their case; and, is there a record of Adnan logging on and checking his email during the time Asia McClain claims she saw him at the library working on the computer?

According to Chaudry, Hae and Jay did know each other, had at least one class together, and had the same circle of friends, as Jay was dating Stephanie, a friend of both Adnan and Hae. But, Chaudry says, “there doesn’t seem to be any indication that they were actually 'friend' friends.” And, there was no mention of Jay in Hae’s handwritten diary.

When it comes to the true identity of Takera—who played such a major role in last week’s podcast—Miller shares that they do know who she is, claims, “it is clear she was never interviewed by police” and goes on to question why not.

“According to the prosecution at trial, the last student to see Hae alive was, again, her best friend, Ayisha," Miller says. “And, Ayisha was in her last period, AP psychology class, and, according to the prosecution, Ayisha saw Hae at the end of class, in class, talking to Adnan.

“And so, if you’re the State, and you’re trying to determine did this conversation take place on January 13th, what was its content, what did Hae do after class? Who is the person you would most want to talk to? The answer is probably the person who sat next to Hae in AP psychology class….she likely would have been there for the conversation with Adnan….she’s likely the person most likely to accompany Hae out of class—and so, who was that person?

“It’s a good question, and it seems like one the State decided to pursue….and they had the AP psychology teacher draw a diagram of the class. She plotted Adnan sitting at the back of the class, furthest away from the door, plotted the two people who sat next to him....the teacher then plotted Hae in her seat, on the side of the class, closer to the front door, and then the one person who sat next to her—apparently the other seat was empty.

“Hence, the question is, who is this other person who sat right next to Hae in AP psychology?  And the answer is..”

Drum roll……

Yep, you guessed it…..Takera!!

“And, there’s no transcription mistake here,” Miller continues. “The teacher correctly spelled both her first and last name….and, so, what are we left with? We’re left with Debbie, the original last person to see Hae alive, and yet, Takera, who is almost certainly part of this conversation, was never interviewed.

“The state’s view at the end of trial is that Ayisha is the last student to see Hae alive….and yet, Takera sits right next to Hae, in that same AP psychology class, and again, as far as we can tell, no attempt whatsoever to interview Takera.”

Now, that’s either just plain bizarre, just plain incompetent, just plain fishy…. or some kind of combination of all three.

So, now to the question of, did the interview between Hae and Channel 36 actually happen on the day of her murder, as the State claims, or, did it actually happened on January 5, eight days prior, as the Undisclosed team argued during last week’s podcast? And, why can nobody pin down evidence of the actual date?

“Reason we haven’t been able to get information from the channel itself, is that they don’t have it,” Simpson explains. “Folks have reached out to them to try and get verification, but have not really been able to dig anything up. Apparently the original tape doesn’t exist…and the original would have the date and time stamp.. and they have no record of when the video was actually made, which is just, kind of sad—and, also odd, because, you think, it was 1999, it wasn’t like it was 1899, but it’s just one more thing that easily could have been verified, you know, 16 years ago, and now we’re struggling to do.”

OK, well, how about the clothes Hae was wearing in that video? Can they be matched to the clothes that were found on her body? If it’s a positive match, wouldn’t that be proof that the interview did happen on January 13th, the day of her murder?

Sadly no, as Chaudry explains, “In that video she’s wearing either a Lacrosse, or field hockey uniform, I don’t know the difference, and, we do know those uniforms were kept on campus. There was a locker for them, and they stayed there, so, it’s no surprise those were not found in her car, or with her.

“What is surprising though, is she was wearing tennis shoes and socks in that interview—Hae didn’t have a locker on campus, she used her car as a storage place, but her car didn’t have her shoes, or her socks in it, when the cops found it, which is weird, because, if she had had those with her that day, they should have been in the car somewhere.”

And, talking of what was found—or not found rather—in Hae’s car, there’s the mystery of the disappearing hot fries.

During both of Syed’s trials, Woodlawn High teacher, Inez Butler, testified that Hae stopped by her concession stand after school on January 13, and bought apple juice and hot fries. But, according to Chaudry, “What cops noted in their report though, because it didn’t add up, was that, although they found a bottle of apple juice in Hae’s car, they didn’t find any hot fries…which they should have, if Inez Butler was recalling the right day…..those snacks should have still been there…but they weren’t. So, what did the cops do? Because their report says, 'did we ever find the bag of hot fries?' No, they didn’t.”

And so, if the State’s timeline for January 13th is completely off—if Butler was recalling another day, and if the wrestling match that was a key part of their narrative for that day, didn’t occur on that date—does that throw everything up in the air?

Miller says that yep, it does. It changes everything.

“If we think back to Serial, we have Summer, and she’s talking with Hae about the wrestling match up till about 2.50….3pm on January 13th,” he explains. “And what that means is, we have Asia McClain who saw Adnan in the library, up until about 2.40 pm….and, while she’s legally relevant… she’s factually, pretty irrelevant…because, if Hae’s still at school till 2.50…3 pm…Adnan certainly could have seen Asia at the library, and then gotten in her car.

“Well, if there’s no wrestling match on January 13th, Summer is taken out of the narrative. .. and, in fact, the last person to have seen Hae on January 13th is likely Becky…who, again, said, she saw Hae leaving school around 2.20 pm in a hurry, with something else to do, and somewhere else to be.

"And that does two things… first, it makes Asia, actually very important….if she saw Adnan up until about 2.40, and Hae’s leaving school about 2.20….well, then, obviously Adnan didn’t get into her car…. the other point is to say, we know Hae usually left school around 3 o’clock, to pick up her cousin at 3.15….well, according to Becky, she’s leaving school in a hurry at 2.20, to do something else….so, she’s leaving about 40 minutes earlier than usual….and this is something I’ve been trying to determine ever since Serial ended… what was this something else that was causing Hae to leave 40 minutes early, when did it come up, how did it come up?

“My best theory at this point in time, is, the ride with Adnan was still discussed at lunch, and so, sometime during Hae’s computer class, or, sometime during AP psychology, I think she got something on her pager, something came up, question is, what was that something?”

That’s the burning question, and, as the police failed to pull Hae’s pager records following her murder, and the pager has never been found, it is likely to continue burning bright and hard well into the future.

Then, there’s the question of Adnan’s emails—if he WAS at the library working on the computer on January 13th, as Asia claims, surely there must be a record of it?

Once again, that’s a very frustrating and resounding no, as Chaudry explains, “Adnan had gotten Asia’s letters shortly after he was arrested, and she had mentioned he was on the computer when she talked to him, and he remembered that when he had actually seen her at the library, that he was on the computer…. so, he had given his lawyer his email address, and also his password, and we know that, because it’s in her notes from 1999. Now, we have no evidence that she actually ever checked his email address, and what’s really frustrating, especially for someone like me, is that, that would have taken absolutely no effort.

“I mean, you could sit in your own office, never leave your own office, and log in to somebody else’s Hotmail account. And there’s just no evidence, there are no print-outs of his activity… and what happened is, she went back  to Adnan, and said, ‘I checked with Asia and the dates are wrong,’ so he kind of forgot about Asia, and he forgot about the email stuff.

“By the time I learned about Asia, and the possibility that he may have been checking his email, which was like, a year later, after he was convicted, I immediately went to try and log in to his account… and, the account had been suspended, because that’s how Hotmail worked, they did not keep inactive accounts open. And, since that time, a number of folks have tried to get that information from Hotmail, including Sarah by the way, from Serial...a number of Adnan's lawyers…and what the response has been, is that, it’s just gone….1999 was too long ago, and that information’s gone.

“Which is kind of hard for me to believe, because, I always thought that once it’s out there on the internet, it never goes away, so there’s part of me that wonders, if somewhere, in the very dark recesses of internet archives, his account records exist, and gosh, it would be great if Microsoft would step up, and say, ‘hey yeah, we’ll find it for you.’”

But, things get even murkier when it comes to the subject of Hae’s “secret” second diary.

According to Chaudry, “Hae had a handwritten diary that was found and was used at trial. At trial, Hae’s brother testified that he had gotten caught snooping—he had gone into her room and read her diary, and Hae had found out. As a result, Hae had stopped writing all of her entries on the physical book that was introduced into evidence… instead, she had started writing her more sensitive diary entries on her computer… and she would save them on a floppy disc, that way, they weren’t available to her brother and he couldn’t find them.

“There’s  no official record of what happened to that diary, the one on the floppy disc,” she continues. “But, there is a big clue from the police files…and from the evidence that was taken into custody….in Hae’s car the police found a floppy disc, it was labeled ‘Hae school stuff’ and it was on the backseat…. we don’t know what happened to it…we don’t know where it went…. we don’t know if anyone ever checked it…but it’s a good bet that’s where the diary was kept…and if we want more information about what Hae was doing, what her plans where, it’s a good place to look.

“The police never did though—or at least, never officially. There are some oddities in the trial record though that suggest that maybe someone had access to it. For instance, in closing arguments, the prosecution claims, in Hae’s diary she had written that she had given Adnan a ride two days before her death—and this was evidence that she would have given him a ride on the 13th as well. Problem is, there is no entry in her diary to support this, either the prosecution was simply making this up, because it helped their case against Adnan, or, possibly, it actually was in Hae’s diary, just not the one that was introduced into evidence.”

The plot just thickens and thickens….. and, likelihood is, it’s going to continue to do so yet further, especially after next week’s podcast, when the Undisclosed team dissects Jay’s alleged movements on the day of Hae’s murder.

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