Who killed Hae Min Lee? This question, 20 years after the corpse of the 18-year-old high school senior was found in a shallow grave in Baltimore Leakin Park, has everything to do with the popular podcast Serial hosted by Sarah Koenig the case in his first season. Koenig almost happened to find the story years after Lee and his ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed were tried for the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment. A former Baltimore Sun reporter, who has since moved to NPR, became interested in the case after receiving an e-mail from Baltimore's lawyer Rabia Chaudry.
Chaudry's younger brother Saad Chaudry was Syed's best friend and both believed in his innocence. Curious, Koenig began to deal with the case and found the story compelling enough to follow in podcast form. She found troubling inconsistencies, unanswered questions and a rich environment in which teenagers from different backgrounds had a secret life that their parents could not imagine. She also found a charismatic subject in Syed that seemed like an unlikely murderer.
A lot has happened since Serial ended its first season in December 201
What brings us back to the key question: Who killed Hae Min Lee? It's not surprising that Serial listeners, amateurs and Reddit members have formulated their own theories. Below are some of the most prominent, with some wild possibilities that are thrown in for a good reason. The claim is made that in one case – and with a case so discussed and analyzed – the facts look all the more blurred and blurred You look at them.
Theory: Adnan Syed Killed Hae Min Lee
This is the state of Maryland's position since the arrest of Syed for the crime and certainly provides the simplest explanation. The short version: On January 13, 1999, Lee was to pick up her younger cousin at 15:15 from the day care center. She never showed what immediately alarmed those who knew her as a caring, responsible young woman.
Born in Korea, Lee emigrated to America in 1992. In the spring of 1998, she secretly joined Syed. However, they disintegrated several times, and in December Lee found a man named Don, her colleague, at Lenscrafters. The breakup seems to have been quite cordial, but maybe Syed felt different.
Like all theories about the murder, Syed Is Guilty's theory depends on what happened between the end of the school day at 2:15 am and Lee's failure to make her 3:15 appointment. In this scenario, Syed is a cold-blooded killer whose plan to kill Lee can be persecuted at least until the morning of the 13th when Syed calls his friend Jay Wilds. After driving Wilds to the mall, Syed gives his cell phone and his car. Later, Syed calls Wilds to bring him to Best Buy, where he finds him next to Lee's car. In the trunk: Lee's body. Wilds then drives Syed to track down the exercise and helps him bury Lee's body in Leakin Park and release the car later that night.
It is a plausible theory that would be even more plausible if there were not some nagging inconsistencies. The story of Wilds changes for one . (He declined to give an interview to Serial but later spoke to The Intercept and offered details of his earlier statements.) The cellphone's records were used to it secure the topic of many debates. Then there's the deal with Asia McClain (now Asia McClain Chapman), a classmate who claims she talked to Syed at the library near her high school at the time of the murder. Nevertheless, Syed's lawyer, Cristina Gutierrez, never interviewed her, and the urge for a new trial rests on the argument that she handled the case badly. (That Gutierrez was expelled in 2001 before her death in 2004 adds credibility to this belief.)
Theory: Jay Wilds killed Lee with Syed
So if Syed did not, who did? Wilds admitted that he was involved in the coverup, but what if he was the culprit? Most of the alternative theories are in some ways related to Wild's, but the big question mark that hangs over such theories is the motive. Why should he kill Lee? At this point it becomes speculative high . So be careful – especially as it involves the complicated private lives of teenagers and in the thicket of Reddit-driven theories. Serial .
The most plausible theory is that Wilds was more involved in the murder when he admitted that he helped Syed commit and cover him up, and that he confessed a lesser crime to avoid punishment. Wilds and Syed began talking earlier, and Syed's claim that he had expressed concern that Wilds had forgotten to buy a birthday present for his girlfriend invited skepticism. What if it was a two-man job? It's not that it was hard pushing Wilds into the timeline, but the question remains as to why he wants to help Syed kill Lee.
Theory: Wilds killed Lee without Syed
"Why?" It also depends on this theory, but that did not stop some theorists from following it. If you go down the hare hole, this theory has to know that Lee needs to know something about wilds and wilds that need to assure their silence. Some is an affair between Wild's and a woman named Jennifer Pusateri, who later testified that Wilds had told her that Adnan had killed Lee. In this scenario, Wilds did not want his girlfriend Stephanie to hear about it. Others Suggest Wilds killed Lee as part of a drug deal that had gone awry, a suspicion reinforced by Wild's sideline as Pot Dealer. Could he sometime have mixed with heavier material?
Theory: Ronald Lee Moore killed Lee
In 2012, a man named Ronald Lee Moore was killed at the age of Louisiana in a Louisiana prison 40. A subsequent investigation by the Innocence Project linked him to the 1999 murder of Annelise Hyang Suk Lee of the Baltimore County. Could Hae Min Lee have been a former victim of Moore, who was released from Baltimore County Prison on January 1 of the same year? Serial 's first episode of Season One throws out its last episode as a possibility, a late turn after a season in which Koenig had found many clues that Syed might not be guilty, however no contrary theory offered. Others have been around since and point to similarities between the two crimes that the police might have missed at the time.
Theory: Roy S. Davis III. Killed Lee
Or was it another killer? Redditor serial99 dug up the case of Roy S. Davis III, who had been convicted in 2004 for rape and murder of Jada Lambert in 1998 Campfield Early Learning Center, the daycare, Lee was destined for before her death. A distance? For sure. But like so many theories around the case, it's simply fascinating enough to justify further investigation.
Theory: "Mr. S" Killed Lee
On February 9, a man who only publicly discovered Lee's body as "Mr. S" was stopped after being left to urinate in Leakin Park. If this sounds suspicious – that he happened to find a spot near Lee's body without knowing it's there – then there's the following: Mr. S. has a criminal record. The only problem is that his criminal past is about his compulsive altercation, and all the other connections to the case seem miserable at best. Nevertheless, this did not prevent some from pondering on the riddle of Mr. S. which, unless some of the far-fetched theories have done something substantial, done the right thing by reporting his discovery regardless of his History.
What raises another problem: There is a square bottom of all this speculation. Because Serial is presented so convincingly and entertainingly and the questions that arise from it are so intriguing, it can be easy to forget the real life and the actual loss that is included in this case. This is true regardless of whether they belong to a compulsive exhibitionist or Lee's family, whom Syed finds guilty and dissatisfied with the podcast's attention saying that they were forced to "have a nightmare we thought behind us. "But if Syed was wrongfully convicted, he has lived his own nightmare for over 20 years. Whatever the case, Berg's film, no matter what it reveals, seems unlikely to portray a cold case that a wild popular podcast has made unexpectedly hot.