Who is Adnan Syed?




Adnan Syed is a man who has been imprisoned for the death of Hae Min Lee, his ex girlfriend and classmate at Woodlawn High School on the outskirts of Baltimore, MD. Through the efforts of a family friend, Rabia Chaudry, his case was brought to the attention of a journalist named Sarah Koenig. Koenig works for This American Life, a longtime running program on NPR. This American Life and Sarah Koenig took 15 years worth of case notes, over 40 hours of telephone interviews and their own determination to find the truth and turned it into Serial, a podcast that has since shattered records for most downloaded podcast of all time, revolutionizing the way we look at media and our criminal justice system forever.

Why is this important to you, reader? Well, soon after listening to the podcast and doing a little work of my own, I discovered that I believe Adnan. He has always maintained his innocence. That means the state of MD has had an innocent man incarcerated for 15 years for something he had no involvement in. As you peel back the layers of this crime, you find that there are more questions than answers: Why did the detectives zero in on Adnan? Why did this young man get convicted with so little more than circumstantial evidence? How easily could this have happened to any of us? The most important question: who killed Hae Min Lee?


Learn More

Serial Podcast – head here to listen to the podcast that started it all.

Split the Moon – a blog maintained by family friend and fierce advocate for Adnan, Rabia Chaudry.

The Serial Subreddit – not for the faint of heart, you will find some facts and some fiction regarding the case.

Get Involved.

Click here to contribute to Adnan’s legal defense fund

Click here to donate to the the scholarship fund established in Hae Min Lee’s honor

5 thoughts on “Who is Adnan Syed?

  1. The way you are able to put yourself in Adnan’s family’s shoes and write about how they must have felt when Adnan was taken away from their home, and how they must feel now, is unreal. Your writing is just beautiful.

    I keep Adnan and his family in my thoughts everyday. <3

    1. Jia thank you so much for those kind words. They are never far from my thoughts either. Isn’t it strange but wonderful how we can feel this love and connection with people we have never met? I thank God for blessing me with the ability to empathize with people.

  2. This case just boggles my mind. I hope that all the attention Serial has brought will lead to Adnan’s release and help the real killer be found. I’m glad that so many people are standing up and insisting that real justice be served.


    1. I believe that justice is on its way for Adnan and it is coming sooner rather than later. It just has to!

  3. Hello Rene I just came across your website the ADD Mag website. I am interested in the subject not only because like you I got diagnosed as an audult but also it enabled me to get a full blown scholarship to do my MA. I got dianosed with ADD when I had been forty one years old and I got a scholarship from when I had been livining in Marland to do my MA.

    I started doinng my MA in Counseling Psychology at Bowie State University in Bowie Marland.

    Bowie State University is a predomently black school in a prdomently White Town in Bowie Marland midway between Washington DC and Baltimore Marland.

    I am a White Jewish Student from South Africa and recived my BS in Social Sciences from Charter Oak State college in Newington Connecticut and never imangined that I woud be attending a prdomently black school. I had a good experience except with the financial aid office but that had been a monior irritant. My stay at Bowie State University shattered the steriotypes I had.

    Amongst the graduat studnts at Bowie State University twenty percent of us were White and amongst the undergraduates eighteen percent of us were White.

    I have an interest in your subject because there is so little information on mental health conditions in the monority community community as well as some possible steriotyping. I woud like to have an opportunity to speak to you and see how we might be able to work together.

    Where are you located? I am in the Boston area. Please feel free to contact me on russellfig@yahoo.com and I will send you my phone number? It is good that you have started this website and are addressing this issue within the black community keep up with the good work.

    I hope to hear from you soon.


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