Susan Simpson’s blog

If you are a fan of Serial and you haven’t read Susan Simpson’s blog, The View from LL2, you should do so immediately.  Please note:  if you have not listened to the Undisclosed podcast or the Serial Dynasty podcast, you probably want to stop reading now.  This post will divulge things we’ve learned that could be deemed spoilers.  Fair warning.

Susan Simpson is currently working with Rabia Chaudry (Split the Moon) on the case vs. Adnan Syed, the suspect at the heart of the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee and the subject of the Serial podcast, a podcast that has been downloaded over 5 million times.

Susan, for the past many months, has been re-examining the case of Adnan Syed, by reviewing the evidence and testimony of Jay, the person whose testimony is responsible for convicting Adnan and other facets of the case.  She writes about the case in her blog, and now she, along with Rabia and Colin Miller are hosting the Undisclosed podcast, which is a follow up to Serial and riveting.  Susan and Rabia have also been on the show “The Docket”, on MSNBC, talking about the case with experts (you can watch the first episode here.)

I would like to point out that Susan has made a huge revelation in the case vs. Adnan Syed.  If you have not listened and don’t want to know, you should stop here.

Susan, in listening to the recordings of Detectives Ritz and MacGillivary interviewing Jay, discovered that Jay was being coached in his testimony.  When Jay would lose his place, the detectives would tap, tap, tap to get him back on track.  At this point, Jay would magically have the right answer.  Susan’s blog post from December 2, 2014 discusses Jay’s transcripts in detail, but note this was BEFORE she discovered the tapping.  You can read the post here.

After listening to Serial, Undisclosed and now the Serial Dynasty, I’m more convinced than ever that Adnan is innocent, though I should point out, from Episode 1 of Serial, I have believed Adnan is innocent.  Susan had another blog post, this one from April 3, 2015 about Detectives Ritz and MacGillivary.  This blog post is pretty damning against them, and details three other crimes in which they were the lead detectives, and the charges were eventually dropped against the suspect.  I found this particular blog post fascinating, and quite frankly, it pissed me off.  I wasn’t pissed at Susan, but at Ritz and MacGillivary for their blatantly shoddy police work.  I would be willing bet both of them (who are no longer with the Baltimore PD) are shitting themselves with all these new details being brought out.  You can read that post here.

The last blog post I’ll write about was written on March 19 and is about Don’s alibi.  Don, as you’ll recall, was Hae’s boyfriend at the time of her disappearance.  Don testified that he was at work at the time Hae disappeared, however, he was working at a different store than he normally worked at, filling in for a friend.  Turns out that Don’s mom was his alibi witness and there has been some back and forth about his timecards for that time frame being falsified.  I’ve always found the lack of police interest in Don strange.  What’s also strange is Don, in his brief statement to Sarah Koenig in Ep. 12 of Serial, said he “loved Hae, still loves Hae.  That doesn’t go away.”  Don dated Hae less than 14 days.  There are reports that Hae was more into the relationship than Don.  I strongly believe Don should have been looked at more closely (though I don’t believe he was the killer – more on that to come later this week).  You can read that blog post here.

Susan hasn’t had a new post in over a month, and I’m hoping that will change soon, as her posts are incredibly interesting and always provide new information.  Serial fans should really check it out.  Happy Monday and go Blackhawks!!!


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