Adnan's Story - Painful Crime Story of Flawed Criminal Justice is Uncovered New York's Bestseller
Crime and Murder are those kinds of genres that never fails in sending chills down our spine. Just imagine without any mystery or plot-twists, wherein the culprit is immediately identified and justice is served, we would never get to really enjoy the story.
Adnan’s story is a New York’s bestseller book by Rabia Chaudary, who wrote the book in an attempt to prove the innocence of her family friend, Adnan Syed, a 17-year-old American from Baltimore, who was wrongly convicted and incarcerated in 1999, for the murder of his then-girlfriend, Hae Min Lin. She was found murdered in Leakin Park, Baltimore. Immediately, Adnan Syed was arrested and convicted based on the testimony of Jay Wilds, a friend of Adnan’s.
Here, the arrest and Conviction of Adnan can be attributed to the flawed criminal justice system and the corrupt Government. This book explores the truth behind the murder of Hae Min Lin, in an attempt to free the innocent Adnan from the wrong charges that were made against him. Rabia Chaudary tries to dwell deeper in order to get to the end of the truth so that she can finally get justice for her friend.
Adnan’s story speaks of the pain and misery suffered by him, while Rabia became the torchbearer of the crusade to bring justice to Adnan and to find the real killers of Hae Min Lin. Though the story had also been portrayed on a television platform, “Serial”, it did not entirely capture the real incidents that took place, however, it was successful in holding the audience’s attention towards the flawed justice system. Rabia Chaudary’s book attempts to deconstruct
Adnan’s case, as a friend, as a lawyer and a narrator, and it fills in the gap that the serial had forgotten to cover. Though on July 22, 2016, Adnan’s case was overturned and just when things seemed to be finally in his favour, when he is proven innocent, his case was suspended in limbo for another year, all because the Baltimore Court refused to accept its guilty verdict. Hence, Justice took another break for him and Adnan, till date fights for his freedom.
Thought Adnan was innocent, one of the reasons why the judges believed him to be guilty, was due to the evidence that was found against him, which was quite anecdotal, circumstantial but convincing enough to prove him guilty. It doesn’t help, that his friend jay Wilds, testified against him, claiming that Adnan had asked him to help in burying the body and the cellphone tower had recorded the last known of the location of Adnan, which seemingly stated that he was near the place of her murder.
Before Adnan’s arrest and subsequent conviction, Hae Min Lin’s murder was linked to the murder of an 18-year-old girl, Jada Lambert, who was found strangled in the same location where Hae’s body was discovered. However, police dismissed these claims when they got an anonymous call that stated that Adnan, who was a spurned lover of Hae Min Lin, was responsible for her death since he had a potential motive to murder her. His friends Jay Wilds and Jennifer Pusateri were also questioned regarding Adnan’s involvement in the murder.
Pusteri told the investigators, Wilds had called her on the day of Hae’s disappearance, from Syed’s Phone. Initially, Jay had denied these claims, but later he confessed that he had helped Sayed to bury the Body in Leakin park.
However, there was an inconsistency in Jay’s story since he claimed, as proved by one of the recordings, that he had gone to Mcdonalds, that very afternoon. Hence, Jay’s story kept changing. Some people claim that Jay was being fed the stories by the Authorities themselves, to end the investigation. Of course, these potential miscarriages of justice in the murder of Hae Min Lin would only be discovered years later.
Adnan’s family, in a bid to bring justice to him, had initially hired a defence attorney, to represent him, however, the relationship was short-lived due to certain misunderstanding with the main judge. Later, during his second trial, they hired another lawyer, Charles Dorsey to represent Syed. According to the records, Adnan and Hae Min Lin had been secretly been dating, in fear of religious and cultural dating, but they soon broke up, with their relationship taking a turn for worst when Hae started dating another man.
Hence, State based on various testimonies and “evidence”, found Adnan guilty, purely because, “his pride was hurt and there was no other reason to kill”. Adnan found himself under arrest in a case, where he assumed, he was helping, when in fact, he was the suspect. He was sentenced to jail on February 25, 2000, for thirty years.
Till date, Adnan’s justice has been delayed and yet he counts down the day he is finally set free from the wrong charges. One of the fundamental assertions of Rabia’s book states that Syed Trial’s was inherently flawed because of how blindsided the police and prosecutors were by his Muslim heritage. Adnan continues to remain in prison, serving his original sentence, yet his family and friends still fight for his freedom.