Today is the 16th anniversary of the disappearance of Hae Min Lee, the subject of the most popular podcast in the world to date:
If you’ve truly been living under a rock for the last few months, please check it out.
It has been the subject of much discussion among journalists, amateur detectives & such, notably on a certain subreddit:
That subreddit has been shut down for the day in memory of Hae.
I’ve followed some of this discussion, and must say that Redditors are surprisingly well-behaved in their online arguments, compared to some that I’ve seen elsewhere. Must be well-moderated.
Much commentary on the case has been written, including:
Just as a teaser, for those uninitiated:
Serial is a spinoff of This American Life that tells a long story in 12 chapters in audio. You can easily listen to it while doing something else, as long as no one is talking.
It re-examines the murder of Hae Min Lee in 1999, for which her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, is now serving a life term. So where’s the mystery?
(1) how he was convicted on what seems exceedingly flimsy evidence.
(2) why the prosecution’s case was so flimsy
(3) what actually happened, including the basic “whodunit”
Sarah Koenig takes you through the reporter’s journey as she tries to find the truth amid lots of conflicting information.
Later on, I might have more to say about this, but right now I just wanted everyone to be aware of it, and at the very least listen to the podcast. Yes, the whole thing. I’ll know if you don’t.