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Serial Visualized

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As listeners of Sarah Koenig's Serial podcast we’ve struggled to hold all the details and the case against Adnan Syed in our vision. With this infographic, we set out to provide some clarity with the help of multiple listenings of the podcast
and support from the Serial website, user contributions on Reddit, our own estimations, and rudimentary math. We hoped to get closer to some version of truth, but under scrutiny, the details themselves became slipperier. That alone may say something. Maybe our journey here can help you with yours.

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Serial Visualized

  1. 1. Our attempt to map the witness testimony & the cell phone records FROM the state’s case against Adnan Syed For the last year, I've spent every working day trying to figure out where a high school kid was for an hour after school one day in 1999-- or if you want to get technical about it, and apparently I do, where a high school kid was for 21 minutes after school one day in 1999. -sarah koenig, episode 1 SERIAL:VISUALIZED Monica, Brian, Scott, and Gregg work together at Propoint in NYC, and like you, are obsessed with Serial. Unable to keep the facts straight ourselves—let’s not even get into what are or are not the facts—we did what we do everyday at work: made things visual.This is the result.
  2. 2. PATAPSCO STATE PARK LEAKIN PARK 2:45pm 3:00pm 2:36pm 1 they leave hae’s car 2 side of tower pinged doesn’t COINCIDE W/story location sequence pathCOINCIDES W/story # alternate path omitted in trial “Can we all agree that whatever happened to Hae probably didn’t involve a 2:36 p.m. call from that phone booth saying ‘Come and get me I’m at Best Buy’?” -sarah koenig, episode 9 window of opportunity 2:15-2:36PM adnan shows jay the body at best buy ~2:45PM they leave hae’s car at 1-70 park & ride ~3:00PM 11 22 incoming call: come get me at best buy 2:36PM BALTIMORE
  3. 3. PATAPSCO STATE PARK LEAKIN PARK 3 2 3:00pm 3:22pm 3:15pm 3:21pm 3:32pm -sarah koenig, episode 6 they leave hae’s car at 1-70 park & ride ~3:00PM OUTGOING call: JENN 3:21PM adnan & jay at the woodlawn golf course 3:22PM 33 22 incoming call: ? 3:15PM OUTGOING call: NISHA 3:32PM “…Out of all the calls on the log, this is the one that I think of as the ‘smoking gun’ call...there are seven outgoing calls on the log, six of them are to people Jay knows, the seventh is to Nisha, someone only Adnan knew.” BALTIMORE side of tower pinged doesn’t COINCIDE W/story location sequence pathCOINCIDES W/story # alternate path omitted in trial
  4. 4. PATAPSCO STATE PARK LEAKIN PARK 4B 4A 3 side of tower pinged doesn’t COINCIDE W/story location sequence pathCOINCIDES W/story # alternate path omitted in trial 4:45pm 4:30pm 3:22pm adnan & jay AT the woodlawn golf course 3:22PM INCOMING call: adnan’s mother? 4:27PM they SMOKE AT patapsco ~4:00-4:30PM 4B4B 4A4A 33 OUTGOING call: JENN 4:12PM INCOMING call: ? 4:58PM OUTGOING call: KRISTA 5:38PM JAY DROPS ADNAN AT TRACK PRACTICe ~4:30-4:45PM 4:27pm 4:58pm 4:12pm 5:38pm “This is the next stop in the itinerary to a place known as the Cliffs at Patapsco State Park... yeah, this just seems absurd. It’s three—say it’s between 3:45 and 3:50 now in their world. If I’m Adnan and I need to be seen for track [practice], I’m freaking out right now, that I need to get back for track to have an alibi.” -sarah koenig, episode 5 BALTIMORE
  5. 5. PATAPSCO STATE PARK LEAKIN PARK 5 4B JAY PICKS UP ADNAN from TRACK PRACTICE ~5:45PM INCOMING call: hae’s brother or aisha? 6:07PM INCOMING call: hae’s brother or aisha? 6:09PM They arrive at “CATHY’S” HOUSE ~6:00-6:35PM INCOMING call: officer adcock 6:24PM 6:09pm 6:07pm 6:24pm 4B4B 55 5:45pm 6:35pm “It was about six o’clock at night. And they all three, Adnan, Jay, and Cathy, acknowledge being together at the apartment, there’s no dispute about that.” -sarah koenig, episode 6 BALTIMORE side of tower pinged doesn’t COINCIDE W/story location sequence pathCOINCIDES W/story # alternate path omitted in trial
  6. 6. PATAPSCO STATE PARK LEAKIN PARK 5 6 side of tower pinged doesn’t COINCIDE W/story location sequence pathCOINCIDES W/story # alternate path omitted in trial “Jay follows Adnan out, leaves his hat and smokes behind, Cathy says.They go downstairs and then, she says, they get in a car and just sit there in the car for a while.” 6:45pm 6:35pm -sarah koenig, episode 6 BALTIMORE they leave “CATHY’S” HOUSE ~6:35PM they get shovels from JAY’S HOUSE ~6:45PM 55 66
  7. 7. PATAPSCO STATE PARK LEAKIN PARK 2 4 6 7 8 “…Then Jay goes to McDonald’s back by school to wait for Adnan, says he’s there waiting for about 20 minutes, then they drive all around …” -sarah koenig, episode 6 6:45pm BALTIMORE 6:50pm 7:00pm 6:59pm 7:00pm They leave jay’s house ~6:45PM they pick up hae’s car at 1-70 park & ride ~6:50PM outgoing call: yaser ~6:59PM 77 88 66 jay & adnan meet at mcdonalds 7:00PM OUTGOING call: JENN 7:00PM side of tower pinged doesn’t COINCIDE W/story location sequence pathCOINCIDES W/story # alternate path omitted in trial
  8. 8. PATAPSCO STATE PARK LEAKIN PARK 9 8 7:09pm 7:16pm BALTIMORE 7:05pm 7:00pm “Since the range of that Leakin Park tower reaches beyond just the territory of the park, could they have been someplace else besides digging a grave in the actual park?” -sarah koenig, episode 5 they leave mcdonalds ~7:00PM INCOMING call: jenn 7:09PM incoming call: ? 7:16PM 88 99 they arrive at leakin park to bury the body ~7:05PM “Since the range of that Leakin Park tower reaches beyond just the territory of the park, could they have been someplace else besides digging a grave in the actual park?” -sarah koenig, episode 5 side of tower pinged doesn’t COINCIDE W/story location sequence pathCOINCIDES W/story # alternate path omitted in trial
  9. 9. PATAPSCO STATE PARK LEAKIN PARK 10 9 “I told them the truth, I did not show them a location that was true, no.” -jay, episode 5 8:04pm 8:05pm ADNAN & JAY LEAVE LEAKIN PARK ~8:00PM OUTGOING call: JENN 8:05PM ADNAN DROPS off jay at the mall ~8:15PM OUTGOING call: JENN 8:04PM 1010 99 8:00pm 8:15pm BALTIMORE side of tower pinged doesn’t COINCIDE W/story location sequence pathCOINCIDES W/story # alternate path omitted in trial
  10. 10. As listeners, we’ve struggled to hold all the details of Serial and the case against Adnan Syed in our vision. With this infographic, we set out to provide some clarity with the help of multiple listenings of the podcast and support from the Serial website, user contributions on Reddit, our own estimations, and rudimentary math. We hoped to get closer to some version of truth, but under scrutiny, the details themselves became slipperier. That alone may say something. Maybe our journey here can help you with yours. Prosecutor Casey Murphy said to the jury in her closing statement, quote:‘The most important thing for you to remember about Jay’s testimony is that it does not stand alone. It is corroborated.’ She added,‘The cell phone records support what those witnesses say, and the witnesses support what those cell phone records say.There’s no way around it.’ -sarah koenig, episode 5 5:38pm2:36pm

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