Serial Podcast Evaluation Essay

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Casey Laudadio
Serial Multi­Genre Research Project Essay
Jay Wilds should be credited with the murder of Hae Min Lee. This is attributed to
Jay's testimony being everything that the State has on Adnan Syed, which, is a testimony that is saturated with inconsistencies and falsified information. This research project will examine Jay to the core by tapping into all the evidence found in this case as well as referencing viable news articles ­ the argument that Mr. Wilds is responsible for the death of Hae Min Lee. The research project and its conclusion will analyze this murder­mystery from a different angle, pinning Jay as the killer and Jenn as a co­conspirator, and evaluating possible motives.
I chose this topic for a number of
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That, with the incredible lying skills, sets up the perfect storm for Jay to frame Adnan, with the collaboration of the police.
I will now introduce my entire theory which is based on factual information, and evaluate some possible motives Jay may have. Jay had been cheating on Stephanie with a girl, whom I believe is Jenn. Jay harbors some resentment against both Adnan and Hae, because Hae is upset with him for cheating, and Adnan has it easy with the girls. Also, both
Adnan and Hae knew about the major drug operation that Jay was carrying out in his grandmother’s house. Adnan in his “presumptuousness” tells Jay that he needs to get
Stephanie a gift. I think this is key to the rising tension and somewhat of the turning point for Jay. Adnan and Stephanie were already close [as stated by Adnan in the show] and Jay was probably already feeling territorial due to that. The problem is exacerbated by Adnan’s reminder to Jay that he should get Stephanie a gift and is, for lack of a better phrase, ‘being the hero’ by lending him his car and phone to do it. He may have felt Adnan was being condescending and pointed in his suggestion. With all of this in mind (or subconsciously),

Jay takes Adnan’s car and decides to hook up with Jenn before or just after grabbing a gift for Stephanie. Maybe he was trying to work his feelings of aggression out or maybe he was just doing something he'd be doing