Just when you thought the ending to the investigative podcast Serial wasn't confusing enough, in swoops Jay to make things a little more complex.
The popular podcast concluded its 12-part season on Dec. 18, leaving many listeners still wondering about the case it investigates — the murder of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee, who disappeared on Jan. 13, 1999, and was found buried in a park the next month.
Throughout the course of the podcast, host Sarah Koenig tirelessly reported on her findings. Currently, Hae's ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, is serving a life sentence for the murder, thanks in large part to the testimony of the state's key witness, Jay Wilds. Jay said that he helped Adnan bury Hae's body but had nothing to do with her murder.
Koenig did speak to Jay, but he was reluctant to have the conversation recorded and included in the podcast. But now, 11 days after the podcast's conclusion, Jay agreed to an interview withThe Intercept. And the first segment of the interview, which was released on Monday, leaves more questions than answers. (Though it does officially reveal Jay's last name.)
Firstly, as Reddit user Komeht points out, Jay's interview brings a whole new story and timeline into the case, none of which we had heard previously. This new series of events throws the state's entire case out of the window.
Redditor PowerofYes brings up some interesting points and says that Jay's new story does seem plausible. But, what about Adnan and his track practice?
Much of the state's case revolves around cellphone tower records, but as redditor mixingmemory highlights, Jay's new story doesn't correlate with those at all.
Aside from the timeline being different, Jay brings a new location into the story: his grandmother's house, which is where he claims he saw Hae's body in a car trunk for the first time. (Jay had told investigators that he saw her body in a trunk in a Best Buy parking lot.)
@serial the trunk pop now apparently happened at Jay's grandma's — is this the third or 4th version of where that happened?— James Crugnale (@jamescrugnale) December 29, 2014
So Jay changed his story, and says he was trying to protect himself and his loved ones. But why didn't Jay just talk to Sarah Koenig? Why bring in The Intercept at all? (Jay apparently wrote a Facebook post on Friday, which he has since deleted, in which he sounded bitter about Koenig.)
Redditor wherewuz notes that Jay apparently lied under oath. Will there be consequences? Could this possibly benefit Adnan?
One thing is for sure: Jay is telling yet another version of his story. Of course, this is only the first segment of the interview with The Intercept, so there is potential for the next installment to answer some of our questions.
Why does Jay keep changing his story? #Serial— jasoncherkis (@jasoncherkis) December 29, 2014
The first part of Jay's interview can be found here.
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