The 1999 murder mystery of Hae Min Lee may never give us the complete truth. The “Serial” Podcast that stretched over 12 episodes has ended, but what lay in its’ wake are questions layered above deeper questions. Investigative journalist Sarah Koenig literally picked a part the prosecution’s case against Adnan Syed who was convicted of Hae’s murder & sentenced to life in prison. Jay (Wilds) who was the key witness for the prosecution is now stepping forward after 15 years, to speak out about his role in helping put Adnan behind bars.
“Serial” had surprised Jay in an off-the-record talk with Sarah, but refused to sit down for a recorded interview. 40 million podcast listeners downloaded the 12 episodes of “serial.” It has become a worldwide sensation for those who like “who-dunnit?” mysteries. Jay changed his mind & posted a message on his Facebook page (Slim Wilds) over the Christmas holiday weekend 2014. The post has since been taken down.
Here is his Facebook page post, “For the followers of the serial podcast produced by Sarah Koenig: I will make myself available for one interview: 1st, to answer the question of the the who I hope are concerned with the death of Hae Min Lee (the person who’s paid the ultimate price for Entertainment). 2nd, to out this so called reporter for who she really is.”
Jay doesn’t like how he was portrayed in the “serial” podcast. Episode 8 focused completely on him called, “The deal with Jay.” He recently talked to a website called, “The Intercept” which will be a three part interview with Natasha Vargas-Cooper. Part One was released on Dec. 29, 2014 & it has caused a stir among “serial” fans because Jay has added new details of the day Hae Min Lee was murdered.
Hae went missing on Jan. 13, 1999 when she didn’t pick up a sibling at school around 3:15 p.m. Prosecutors believe she was murdered by Adnan between 2:15 & 2:36 p.m. Adnan said he was in the library right after school & that he let Jay borrow his car & cell phone between 10 a.m. & 4 p.m. The two barely knew each other.
Jay’s new interview gives us no clues into who really murdered Hae. He does blame Adnan though & goes into how Adnan felt when he is not supposed to know him at all. Jay gives us another time line which makes him out to be a liar who might have perjured himself 15 years after the fact. His story has changed at least four times since 1999.
Here are the questions that will never be answered. Did Adnan & Jay know each other more than they claim? Was there a third person involved in Hae’s death? Why does Jay keep changing his story? How come Adnan doesn’t remember what he did for 21 minutes back in 1999? Why would Adnan give his car to someone he barely knew?
Jay Wilds: Part One interview can be read at “The Intercept.”
Serial Podcast: All 12 episodes can be downloaded free from “iTunes.”