Digging Deeper Into an Old Baltimore Murder

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If you listened to this week’s episode of This American Life, you heard the story — or part of the story — of Adnan and Hae, two students at Woodlawn High School back in 1999. In January of that year, though, Hae went missing; a few months later, her body was found in Leakin Park, and Adnan went on trial for her murder. (Here’s the original Baltimore Sun story about the case.) But as with all TAL stories, the story turned out to be more complicated than it seemed at first.

I don’t want to spoil the story for you, and also I can’t; it’s part of a new venture by This American Life producer Sarah Koenig, who was a political reporter for the Baltimore Sun, called The Serial, which aims to be like an old-school newspaper serial… except in podcast form. The story of Adnan and Hae will take up one whole season, allowing Koenig to dig deep into the various twists and turns.

Two of the three episodes have posted so far, and I’m already antsy for the third one, entitled Leakin Park. If you want to follow along, listen to the first episode here.



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