The podcast that kick-started the popularity of true crime podcasts and the popularity of podcasts, in general, was “Serial“. It was about an 18 year old man named Adnan Syed who was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999.
“This American Life,” which produced the podcast says “Serial” is one of the most celebrated podcasts of all time: it’s widely cited as the most listened-to podcast in the world with over 300 million downloads.
After Serial was released, HBO released a docu-series, “The Case Against Adnan Sye” in 2019 that broke down how the evidence against him wouldn’t convict him. DNA wasn’t a match, fingerprints weren’t a match, and he was still convicted.
Hae Min Lee went missing in January of 1999 and was found dead 3 weeks later. Shortly after that Adnan was arrested and maintained his innocence. His first trial in 1999 ended with a mistrial and then in 2000, a jury found him guilty of murder. The judge handed down a life sentence plus 30 years in prison. On September 19th, 2022 the Judge vacated the murder conviction and he was released from prison after spending 23 years wrongly behind bars.
An update on the case and his release was just released today, Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 on “Serial“.
The internet reacts below.