Adnan's Story

Adnan's Story

The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

Book - 2016
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"In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Syed has maintained his innocence, and Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, has always believed him. By 2013, after almost all appeals had been exhausted, Rabia contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life, in hopes of finding a journalist who could shed light on Adnan's story. In 2014, Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, a Peabody Award-winning podcast with more than 500 million international listeners. But Serial did not tell the whole story. In this compelling narrative, Rabia Chaudry presents new key evidence that she maintains dismantles the State's case: a potential new suspect, forensics indicating that after Hae was killed her body was kept somewhere for almost half a day, and documentation withheld by the State that refutes the cell phone evidence--among many other points. And she shows how fans of Serial joined an amazing crowd-sourced investigation into a case riddled with errors and strange twists. Adnan's Story also gives a sense of Adnan's life in prison and weaves in his personal reflections, including never-before-seen letters. Chaudry, who is committed to exonerating Adnan, makes it clear that justice has yet to be achieved in this much-examined case."--Dust jacket.
Published: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250087102
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 CHA
Characteristics: 410 pages :,facsimiles ;,25 cm


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Mar 11, 2017

I'm probably one of the few people in North America who had never heard of this case nor the famous Serial podcast which accompanied it. But while leaving the library one day, I noticed this book on display and grabbed it - and am very glad that I did.

One wouldn't think that two 17 year-olds could have produced SO many conflicting incidents in one single day - as well as peers and family who took sides. So be forewarned that there are a "cast of thousands;" the distillation of an unbelievable number of "facts"; and a complex legal history - all of which resulted from the disappearance of a young American/Korean high school senior, & the indictment of her former boyfriend, an American/Pakistani. The cultural threads which the prosecution insisted in wrapping around this case is an education in and of itself, and its extreme tunnel-vision (likely bordering on lying and manufacturing non-existent evidence in the state's obsession to gain a conviction) is abundantly apparent. If you have any interest in the "true crime" genre & the struggle for justice, "Adnan's Story" will reveal a great deal about this contentious & multi-faceted case. While the author is admittedly & obviously biased, there is no mistaking the passion and conviction that she brings to the defence of her close friend, Adnan Syed.

BostonPL_LauraB Mar 05, 2017

Recommended only for people who loved Serial and want to get into the nitty-gritty and all the details of the case. I liked it as a whole for what it was!

Oct 14, 2016

I'd recommend it anyone who listened to and fascinated by Serial podcast Season 1. You will find more information about the investigation, and the ordeal the family went through.
Rabia Chaudry did a great job telling the story.


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