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Serial S01 - Ep. 1: The Alibi

Serial

Serial Productions & The New York Times

True Crime, Society & Culture, News

4.680.4K Ratings

🗓️ 3 October 2014

⏱️ 53 minutes

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Summary

It's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he's innocent - though he can't exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.

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This is a global talent link prepaid call from...

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...at non-seize.

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...and inmate it, a Maryland correctional facility.

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From this American life and WB Easy Chicago, it's serial.

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One story told week by week. I'm Sarah Canig.

0:56.7

For the last year, I've spent every working day trying to figure out where a high school

1:00.7

kid was for an hour after school one day in 1999.

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Or if you want to get technical about it, and apparently I do,

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where a high school kid was for 21 minutes after school one day in 1999.

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This search sometimes feels undignified on my part.

1:15.7

I've had to ask about teenagers' sex lives, where, how often, with whom,

1:20.0

about notes they passed in class, about their drug habits, their relationships with their parents,

1:24.5

and I'm not a detective or a private investigator.

1:27.3

I'm not even a crime reporter.

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