Searching for Adnan

A Study of a CONVICTED murderer from the podcast serial

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In 1999, seventeen-year-old Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend and sentenced to prison for life. Fifteen years later, journalist Sarah Koenig decided to reinvestigate his case and produce a podcast about her discoveries called Serial. Through a series of interviews with Adnan's close family, friends, and acquaintances, Sarah searches for evidence to satisfy her question: Is Adnan really a killer? However, her search for the facts quickly becomes a collection of character judgments, personal impressions, and diverging opinions.

In this book, I examine Adnan's character through quotes about his personality and behavior from Serial. Without conclusive evidence, the reader must grapple with multiple points of view to determine what makes someone capable of murder. 

Can you tell if someone has a crime like this in him? I think most of us think if we know someone well, we can tell. We act as detectives all the time, gathering evidence…One person’s evidence of good character is another person’s evidence of questionable character.
— Sarah Koenig, Producer of Serial