Who is Guilty? The Unsolved case of Hae Min Lee- Solved

      Did Adnan Syed strangle Hae Min Lee on January 13 1999? This case seems like the ultimate mystery that has yet to be solved. Not something you would see on 48 hours, any CSI show on TV or in the news and forget about after a couple days, but something that really stuck for the reason that there was no reason. “ What do you mean?” is probably what a lot of you are asking at this moment, but in all honesty, there was no real solid reason to convict Adnan for Hae Min Lee’s sorrowful murder. By the end of this post hopefully you will be able to come up with a decision yourself. For now you can hear my version on why I believe he is innocent. Innocence to me looks like Adnan Syed. He seemed to always be thankful for everything he had  

      When I first started listening to “The Alibi” (which was season 1 episode 1) I already began to think that Adnan was innocent. I mean c’mon there was no physical proof putting him at the crime scene where Hae was supposedly buried. How could you put someone in jail for more than 17 years without hard evidence. Sarah Koenig says near the beginning of her podcast “As for physical evidence, there was none– nothing” (Koenig). Not fingerprints, no DNA testing, nor shovels for her burial(mentioned in Jay’s testimony), no footprint at Leakin park. So… what did they really have against Adnan? Nothing much but Jay’s testimony(and he’s definitely a rotten one). Back to the main question. Is Adnan guilty? Well, there were a couple suspicions about Adnan’s story in the beginning like how he couldn’t really remember anything about that day, which caused me to think that he may be trying to hide something but then again, who really would remember anything about a particular day 6 weeks ago. I asked my older sister if she could remember what she did on June 13th, 6 long weeks ago. Of course she couldn’t remember a thing but neither could Sarah Koenig’s nephew Sam. When he was asked he responded with “Not a clue. In school, probably. I would be in school. Actually, I think I worked that day. Yeah, I worked that day. And I went to school. That was about it.” but that doesn’t seem to be it. When asked again he said “  I don’t think I went to school that day”. That just proves that everyone being interviewed or going to be would have the same response. Actually, more than one response. In fact, I believe that it there couldn’t possibly be an accurate response. A study through Northwestern University was done by Donna Bridge, a post doctoral fellow at the university. It tested people’s memories over a span of a few days. The results are able to justify Adnan’s lack of memory from the day Lee went missing. The people that were tested on the first day had better memory of the object, which makes perfect sense. Donna Bridge explains, “However, people never recalled exactly the right location. Most importantly, in session three they tended to place the object closer to the incorrect location they recalled during day two rather than the cor

 

rect location from day one”. Strange huh? Well actually it’s not. This study and the man more that are out there puts Jay’s testimony to shame. It is sooooo clear that even over a 3 day period information could already start to become hybrids of the original. So I guess it all comes down to Jay then. What i’m trying to say is how could he be trusted? It just seems so bizarre, afte

r all Jay did have a history with “breaking the law” and Adnan from my knowledge did not.

     Corrupt prosecutors brings me to truly believe Adnan. It’s crazy to even think that the people who deal with the law the most are the people who tend to bend it in their favour. What does a corrupt official look like? To be honest, they look like you and I and anyone else around us. They are normal humans and sadly they have higher authority. We see and hear about c

 

orrupt police officers everywhere now a days but do we ever hear about them in crime cases? I don’t know about you, but it’s not common. You hear about the supposed “oath” that prevents lying to take place in court but it’s not quite good at it’s job. So then why is it mandatory to pledge to it in court? I don’t know nor will I ever. It is not abided by so what the heck is it there for? The worst part of this all is that our serve to protect people are also lying. In

 

 Adnan’s case the prosecutor was a liar. There was one man named Don that was called up on the stand. Now Don, to prosecutor was a perfect opportunity to make Adnan seem creepy. Imagine this in your head “Don the oh so loving boyfriend meets the cold hearted ex boyfriend” and you can imagine how that finishes off. After all, the best case wins right? Too bad it flipped on the prosecutor and gave Adnan another person who belie

 

ved him. Me, myself and I. Don said that the prosecutor yelled at him for being honest. “Are you kidding me??” was exactly my response too. Oh, but of course Adnan had to look like the bad guy even if he was truly kind to Don. This was another major reason why Adnan is of the most innocent to me. He just doesn’t seem like a murderer. A lot of people who would disagree would counter that argument with “maybe he’s just a manipulative killer” but I can’t help to think “maybe Jay’s just a manipulative liar” or “look at how conniving  the prosecution board was”. But then I look at Adnan Syed. The young teenager who got ripped out of his home to never see it again. His story kept straight for 17 years, his demeanor always calm, kind and outspoken. What could a beautiful soul like his be doing eliminating what used to be his highschool sweetheart? Adnan says, “ But no one could ever come with any type of proof or anecdote or anything t

 

o ever say that I was ever mad at her, that I was ever angry with her, that I ever threatened her”, which in every way was true. Adnan never failed to mention how much he loved Lee and his lack of anger. So if his attitude has never changed then how could he possibly be acting for so long. There is only so much one can portray until anger gets to them, but not Adnan. He must be a master mind ah or he really was just a teenage boy with pure intentions w

 

ho had impure luck.

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     Now lets quickly jump all the way to episod

e 12. This episode was called “What we Know” and it truly was an outline of everything covered in the podcast. A sort of “putting everything on the table” as people would say kind of episode. But one thing that I never expected was an actual killers relation that stirred up my pot. If it didn’t flip your stomach then you didn’t hear right. You can listen to the last episode at:https://serialpodcast.org/season-one/12/what-we-know .Yes you guessed it right! There was a killer at the time his name was Ronald Lee Moore, and he did strangle a woman named Annelise Hyung Suk Lee then threw her in a different park in Baltimore but the weirdest part of this all is he was released from prison 13 days before Hae Min Lee disappeared. A coincidence? I definitely think not. He was never really considered in this case, since he did kill himself but even then, there was not a slight mention of him at all. My point is there could be other options to who killed Lee but for some odd reason no one seems to want to investigate and immediately pinned it on Adnan. Although that was the case, some students were eager to test the DNA and samples off the crime scene. I find it stupid that students were doing the uncompleted jobs of the investigators. And I find it especially stupid that the investigation of Jay’s inconsistent testimony, the person who found her body, Adnan’s car or even  Ronald Lee Moore had not been completed. So why is Adnan really in prison? An unfinished, unfair case is why.

      So, again I ask the big question people have been dying to know for years on years. Is Adnan Syed the mysterious killer? I stick to my belief that he is not for the reasons listed. I’m sure that you reading have compiled an opinion of your own and I would love to hear it! Be sure to leave a comment on what you think about this case. I’ll leave it to you to continue your investigation on this case as I will be doing too! Until next time… here’s another opinion on the case:

 

Works Cited

Koenig, Sarah and Julie Snyder. “The Alibi.” Serial, season 1, episode 1, WBEZ, 3 Oct. 2013, serialpodcast.org/season-one/1/the-alibi. 28 July 2017.

September 19, 2012 | By Marla Paul. “Northwestern Now.” Your Memory is like the Telephone Game. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2017.

“Serial: How Prosecutor Kevin Urick Failed to Understand the Cellphone Records He Used to Convict Adnan Syed of Murder.” The View From LL2. N.p., 17 Jan. 2015. Web. 28 July 2017.

“Top 5 Reasons Adnan is Innocent?” Reddit. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2017.

 

Serial Podcast: A Look into a Murder’s Trial, but did he Really do it?

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     Haven’t we all been serial killers at one point in our lives? I mean my siblings eat cereal almost everyday of their lives. I can hear the murderous echoing of their crunch into each pebble. What’s that? I have the wrong type of serial? All humor aside, what is the actual difference between a serial killer and your run of the mill murderer? Is it the matter of picking the best cereal off the shelf in a store and bringing it home to enjoy a delightful bowl or is it how you prepare that so called delightful bowl? Do you pour your milk first or put the cereal first? Ok, ok I guess it’s none of those choices. The real difference according to the Crime Museum  is “defined as a person who murders three or more people in a period of over a month, with “cooling down” time between murders”(Crime Museum 2). You may be thinking “But there was only one victim, how is that definition relevant?”  In this specific podcast the murder of Hae Min Lee lead to the mental murder of Adnan Syed for the reason that I believe in his innocence based off the first episode “The Alibi”.     

     Growing up I always used to be surrounded by the topic of crime and murder. Now as weird as that sounds, my lovely mother has always had a high interest in the thought process of killers. That means she always had crime shows and documentaries playing in the background. Although when I came to watch with her she’d always tell me to leave and that it wasn’t for my age, i’d still find a way to sneak a peek at the TV. There were all sorts of shows like Criminal Minds and documentaries like 48 Hours which I LOVED. I guess all along it was a mother to daughter connection. This is probably the main reason why I enjoyed the “Serial” podcast so much. Another reason that I liked this podcast was simply because it was a podcast rather than a video. I feel like it allowed me to visualize my own images to go along with Sarah Koenig’s narration. I could follow along while cleaning my room and being productive. In the 54 minutes and 12 seconds that I was listening to the podcast, I also brushed my teeth, cleaned my room and folded my clothes. As that shows that you can do multiple tasks and enhance your listening skills by practicing this. A study done by Emma Rodero, professor at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona showed that using voice in a story allows listeners to use more of their imagination. “Participants who listened to the dramatized structure reported that they generated more vivid images in their minds, and conjured the images more quickly and easily than those in the narration condition. They also reported being more emotionally aroused and interested in the story”(Rodero 13)… So basically to summarize that spiel of smart words, more listening equals more imagination and emotional interest. If you’re looking for improvement in those areas then you know exactly what to do.        

      In reality, who likes to listen to the inhumane, gory details of someone taking someone else’s soul? Doesn’t seem too appealing if you ask me. It encompassed a high school romance that went oh so wrong when the loved girlfriend ends up dead. Who does everyone turn to? The ex boyfriend. So is he innocent or not? It really is hard to tell with a case like this one. Everything seemed blurry to almost every character but Jay; Adnan’s ex bestfriend. His testimony was very precise and he vividly remembered it “He takes the keys, he opens the trunk and all I can see is Hae’s lips are all blue…” is the beginning of what he described happened on that day. Having understood Jay’s testimony I immediately thought Adnan was guilty. I also had a little thought at the back of my head that whispered “How could anyone remember what happened with so much detail from an event that occurred 6 weeks back?” If you asked me, I can’t even remember what I ate for breakfast in the morning let alone everything I did on a certain day in January. So I guess it comes down to the one with the most memory and sadly for Adnan it’s Jay. Based off of the amazing memory of Jay, Adnan got sentenced to prison on little evidence. Koenig mentions “They had no physical evidence” and that was what was so disappointing in this case. He could be innocent for all they know and that’s what i’ve started to believe. After all, he did somewhat follow his religion. The holy month of Ramadan for Muslims was taking place and to kill someone would be the greatest sin in all humanity. The month of Ramadan should be purifying where you connect with poverty and peace, not malicious intents. I also strongly believed in his innocence after Asia’s letters were introduced. She played such a crucial role and was Adnan’s only real proof(which they couldn’t use)to where he was within those 21 minutes. The golden letters that she wrote proved that he couldn’t have been killing Lee because he was simply at the library checking his email. A lot to intake right? Well that is exactly how I felt about this case. Unsure and a bit overwhelmed. One time you think it’s Adnan and another you’re thinking it couldn’t possibly be! If this doesn’t settle you than I don’t know what will. A poll was taken by the Baltimore Sun asking people if they believed his innocence or his guilt. 60.23% of the 4,051 people who took part believe that Syed is innocent (The Baltimore Sun 2016), 17.6% percent were unsure and 22.17% believed he was indeed guilty. The link to the podcast is provided for you to come to your own conclusion on what his fate should be, jail or freedom for Syed? Season 1-The Alibi:  https://serialpodcast.org/season-one

      As for Hae Min Lee’s family, her murder must have been brutal. I guess closure would be hard because of the oddness throughout the evidence. The victim’s family could potentially feel happy that the podcast went viral for the reason being that they would like the world’s support. Although it is such a depressing memory to have they would probably want the world to know that Syed in their eyes is a horrific murderer. If I were in their situation I wouldn’t want people knowing. 

 

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Having the constant reminder that my daughter has died in such a brutal way would not be very good for my mental state. It being publicized draws so much attention toward their family. Even though it’s been 15 years, people are constantly following blogs, Serial and news posts. This can be a constant reminder that no one would want around and then where’s closure? Nowhere to be found. It is hard to tell even a hint of what her parents thought since we didn’t hear from them in the podcast episode but just searching up on YouTube “Hae Min Lee case” brings up countless videos about current day news or the latest released on the case. There are many documentaries made and people seem to find this certain story a hit on the internet. The video below gives some Intel on Lee’s parents and the latest news.    

 

 

This intriguing podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig enlightens you on the journey through the very interesting case of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed. It is perfect for people who have a love for crime and mystery like me. If you try, maybe you can solve the mysterious case of the high school love bugs that were once ever so happy. 

Works Cited

“Adnan Syed: innocent or guilty? [Poll].” Baltimoresun.com. N.p., 04 Feb. 2016. Web. 21 July 2017.

Koenig, Sarah and Julie Snyder. “The Alibi.” Serial, season 1, episode 1, WBEZ, 3 Oct. 2013, serialpodcast.org/season-one/1/the-alibi. 21 July 2017.

“Serial Killers vs. Mass Murderers.” Crime Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 July 2017.

 

 

 

Late Night Chat Time with Jana Abudeyah takes on Feminism with the Walls

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Hope everyone enjoys the exclusive talk show with your host Jana Abudeyah and her guest stars, Jeanette Walls, Rosemary Walls and Rex Walls discussing the women in their lives and the roles that were taken. Don’t forget to tune into the next show to uncover more about the Walls family and their adventures through American Soil.

 

 

Works Cited

“The Glass Castle.” Simon & Schuster Canada. Scribner, n.d. Web. 20 July 2017.

“The Story of Women in the 1950s.” The Story of Women in the 1950s | History Today. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 July 2017.

Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle: A Memoir. New York: Scribner, 2005. Print.

“Women aren’t weak: challenging gender stereotypes.” Templar Advisors. N.p., 21 Dec. 2016. Web. 20 July 2017.

 

Archetypal theory in “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls

At this point, I am just about half way thcastlerough “The Glass Castle” Memoir of Jeanette Walls. As Jeanette Walls is going through her childhood of all the crazy experiences and memories shes’s accumulated throughout, I’ve come across some archetypal symbols that contribute to making the memoir more enjoyable and meaningful for readers like me!

In my eyes, all the characters in this story so far tend to fall under an archetype. Especially Mr. Walls. Now at first, if you asked me “Do any of the characters in your book remind you of any archetypal characters?”, I would have immediately put Rex Walls and Trickster in the same sentence. Disobedient, amusing and funny is the persona given off by Rex Walls. In one of the most serious situations after Jeanette burnt herself  she told us readers: “Dad appeared alone in the doorway of my room. He told me we were going to check out, Rex Walls–style.”(Walls 9) At this point I thought to myself, breaking the rules of the hospital to prove what to his daughter? Not much but to abide by “doing what is fun or what feels good rather than what is right”(Caitlin 1). He continuously displays the trickster type through these impulses of what is called chaos to everyone surrounding but himself and the people he includes, in this case, Jeanette.

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     That is only if you asked me in the beginning. Reaching the middle of the Memoir I’ve come to a deeper realization. On the exterior Rex Walls seems to be a fun and frivolous father but on the interior I see him to be a Villain archetype. You might be thinking how is that possible? He only proves as the trickster. But as I investigated deeper I stumbled upon the many times he demonstrated a detriment to his children’s lives. He displayed all the bad father qualities such as, not caring for his children’s needs, using profanity and not being able to support them. Jeanette reminisces: “Others were rootless, like us- just passing through”(Wells 12). Jeanette and the rest of her siblings were always “just passing by” because of her father and mother. They were on the run more than less and did not have enough wealth to settle down. He did not show indications of a plan to put his children in school, allow them to have friends and make money through the law but to “find gold”(Wells 14) which seemed like a fantasy implanted in their minds by Rex for the failure of being the support of his children.

 

    Along with archetypal characters there are also a few archetypal symbols with tons of meaning to the story. Fire. The element that is both good and bad. We’ve all sat by a fire and roasted marshmallows on a cold night. Felt the heat produced by its raging flames and somewhat felt thankful to have its presence hugging you with it’s warmth- that’s if you didn’t get too close! Fire was presented many times in the first half of the story. In a way, I feel like Jeanette felt the same about fire; good and bad. It seems to symbolize that with the pain of being burnt by fire, the strength comes with being burnt. Kelly Clarkson once sang the line “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. It relates to that concept. The fire is constantly following Jeanette wherever she goes. She sort of seems intrigued by it when she says: “…but what I did know was that I lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire. It was the sort of knowledge that kept you on your toes”(Wells 21). She is “kept on her toes” by the idea of fire and amazed that it was something frequent in her world. Jeanette has faced the fire multiple times and has gotten back up from it even better than before. Her dad can see this in her as well, “She already fought the fire once and won”(Wells 9). Jeanette goes through life with her parents and many battles are tossed at her as a child. Like the battle of fire, she continues to grow from it and become a stronger character. Strong enough to be in an apartment with “bronze and silver vases… Georgian maps , Persian rugs, and the overstuffed leather armchair….”(Walls 3). Showing how far she reached in her life potentially by the fire that hurt her and made her powerful.

Further on in the book I hope that her journey of heroism and adventure is continued to be represented. Since I am only half way through we have not hit a real climax to what has occurred in her life but there are many leads to prove she has done something great like the description of her apartment in the beginning which indicates wealth and that she is living well with a husband as well or that there is a clear issue with Rex Wells and his parents in his childhood that we are yet to find out.

References:

Shmoop Editorial Team. “The Glass Castle What’s Up With the Title?” Shmoop. Shmoop University, 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 12 July 2017.

The Glass Castle Symbols from LitCharts | The creators of SparkNotes.” LitCharts. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 July 2017.

“What are the Different Characteristics of the Trickster Archetype in Literature?” What are the Different Characteristics of the Trickster Archetype in Literature? | YoExpert Q&A. N/A, n.d. Web. 12 July 2017.

 

 

 

 

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Around my past and present schools, I have heard many students say that “they are never going to use most of the stuff they are learning” in their classes. Overall, I think this is true, except I think learning and growing as an individual prepares us for the real world. We may not use exact formulas and layouts that we are taught, but the general ideas behind them will probably be used on a regular basis. So the question is, should Grade 12 University level English be required before attending any University? Personally, I do not think students should require a University English in their final year. I think students should require 2 credits of University or College english in their high school career, depending on the future they wish to hold. Lets talk about it a little.

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Should Grade 12 University Level English be a Requirement for Entry into all University Programs?

“Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye”

– William Gibson 

     English is a universal language used by many different people. Just as William Gibson conveys through this quote, language is a vital skill to the human mind. He compares the significance of light to the eye and language to the mind. Going into university, everyone should have the base of thinking, communicating and expression in order to progress successfully throughout university.

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When you start to consider the statistics about languages around the world, English is the official language of 53 countries out of 195! You probably read that twice in dis belief, but in reality it just further proves that grade 12 university level english should be a requirement. Many people travel across the globe to go to diffe

english-dictionary-1559631rent universities and having the base of grade 12 English provides a sort of ground for everyone to communicate effectively. From professor to student or studentto student, university flows smoother when everyone speaks, reads and writes in the same language. These are all
practical skills that the grade 12 University level English provides for new comers.
Not only that, grade 12 University level English prepares students with the proper expertise for analyzing texts and gathering information productively. While growing up I always used to listen to my older siblings rant about how fast professors used to go

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through their lectures and how difficult it was to keep up at first, but how quick they got adjusted. I used to laugh at their troubles but looking back now I realize that they adapted rapidly by having the prerequisite university level English. Things like summarizing and gathering essential points within the duration of their lectures are all skills that are practiced all through the university level course.

 

Having this prerequisite as a demand helps high school students that are transitioning into university communicate within their surroundings off and on campus as well as organize and effectively absorb information for higher rates of success.

 

References 

N/A. “Importance of Language – Why Learning a Second Language is Important.” The Importance of Languages. N/A, n.d. Web. 05 July 2017.

N/A. “62 Top Language Quotes And Sayings.” AskIdeas.com. N/A, n.d. Web. 05 July 2017.

N/A. “Why English Language Is so Important for Study Abroad Students?” The Study Abroad Blog. N/A, 24 Oct. 2014. Web. 05 July 2017.