‘Serial’ Releases Crucial, Compelling Update On Adnan Syed’s Case

For fanatics and obsessives of NPR’s history-making/life changing podcast Serial, the conspiracy theories, amateur detective work, and minute-by-minute insight into who, in fact, is Mail….Kimp, never ended after Sarah Koenig wrapped season one last year. 

The /r/serialpodcast subreddit, home to new “findings” and fan musings, has been thriving for a good year, now. Most of it tends to be bullshit, unsupported, or hearsay, mind; today, however, Sarah Koenig has released a new development in the case of Adnan Syed and the murder of Hae Min Lee – the most compelling slice of evidence into the 1999 cold case since Serial finished up. 

“Season 2 is coming, we swear,” said Serial this morning on their Facebook page, “in the meantime, this is an interesting update on our season 1 story.”

Calling Serial’s post—penned by legendary host and journalist Sarah Koenig—only “interesting” would be a massive understatement. This thing is juicy. 

“There’s been a development in Adnan’s case — to me, the most interesting one I’ve seen. And it comes from, of all people, the cell phone expert who testified at Adnan’s trial. Abraham Waranowitz,” Koenig writes. 

The development involves Waranowitz’s testimony in court, during Syed’s case – as a key expert in relaying Syed’s cell phone data, and matching his phone’s pings to towers – to where the murder of Hae Min Lee took place. 

Turns out, as of October 5 this year, despite Waranowitz’s data playing a crucial role in Syed’s case, he can no longer vouch for his own evidence. Waranowitz has released an affidavit confirming his testimony was potentially unreliable – as he wasn’t aware that incoming calls couldn’t be used to reliably track locations. Only outgoing calls could. 

What does it mean? Koenig claims she’s “not optimistic” as the court does not have to call on this disclaimer. 

“I want to be clear: It’s possible the disclaimer wouldn’t have been relevant to the cell science. After all, maybe it was just a cover-your-ass disclaimer in the unlikely event of a billing or software glitch on the part of AT&T. And hence it’s also possible that Waranowitz’s testimony would have been unchanged even if he had seen and understood the disclaimer. We just don’t know.”

Dammit, Koenig. WE WANT ANSWERS.

Read Koenig’s extensive blog post over here

via Serial.