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Penny Adrian
Penny Adrian
2 months ago

What saddens me is that your article didn’t mention Hae Min Lee’s family: I can’t imagine the trauma this “entertainment” and Syed’s release has put them through.
As Hae Min Lee’s brother said “this is not a podcast to us.”
Unlike most “true crime” fans, I (like Lee’s family) am a victim of true crime who never received justice.
This is why I cannot bear to listen to podcasts in which the perpetrator has not been caught and justice has not been served: this happens too often to far too many of us.
I only listen to or watch true crime in which the perpetrator is caught.
It’s a vicarious fulfillment of justice for those of us who have been denied justice.
Someone strangled a teenage girl – Hae Min Lee – to death.
If not Adnan Sayed, then who?
None of the podcast fans seem to give a damn.
But Hae Min Lee was a real human being with a real family who are still alive and grieving and traumatized.
Is their pain not entertaining enough for a podcast?
Is Hae Min Lee’s murder not important enough to be solved? Is she just a prop in Adnan Syed’s story?
If so, then the podcast fans don’t see her any differently than her murderer did: as an object to be discarded.

Last edited 2 months ago by Penny Adrian
Chauncey Gardiner
Chauncey Gardiner
2 months ago
Reply to  Penny Adrian

Well said, sister.
I did wonder where the essay was going. This piece from the City Journal features more of the context: https://www.city-journal.org/adnan-syed-case-is-marilyn-mosbys-final-insult

Jeremy Bray
Jeremy Bray
2 months ago

Thanks for that information. It is clear that the release of Syed owes more to a political stunt by the outgoing Attorney-General who is currently charged with various criminal offences herself than the persuasive arguments of these podcasts. I have no idea why anyone would wish to downvote your contribution.

John McKee
John McKee
2 months ago

Please read this article. It makes very important points.

John McKee
John McKee
2 months ago
Reply to  Penny Adrian

Very true. Unfortunately, most people approach the criminal justice system only prepared to condemn its flaws, seldom with an understanding of how difficult it can be to convict the guilty in some cases. Ms. Adrian states a hard truth: victims often do not receive the justice they deserve, and their pain is considerable. The Lee family knows the bitter truth of the homicide detective’s old adage: “a murder is like a rock thrown onto a lake. Its ripples continue a long way.

Jorge Espinha
Jorge Espinha
2 months ago
Reply to  Penny Adrian

Thank you Penny.

Jacqueline Burns
Jacqueline Burns
2 months ago

Until he kills again!

Jorge Espinha
Jorge Espinha
2 months ago

If he really committed the crime he did pay a price. A full price? Maybe not in America but in most European countries 23 years would have been the price. He was very young at the time and he lost the best years of his life having to deal with the worst human beings in the world every single day. If he was innocent….He lost 23 years of his life and the real killer is out there.

Mike Michaels
Mike Michaels
2 months ago

Going on how badly wrong they got the Trojan Horse affair I’d say this guy is definitely guilty.