“Episode 3: A Peek Into Baltimore Police Department’s Mistakes”
Episode 3 of “Undisclosed” fleshed out the mysterious star witness in the case against Adnan Syed, Jay Wilds.
Jay is one of the most important pieces of this puzzle, yet throughout the “Serial” podcast, most of us may agree that we did not get the closure we might have wanted from him. There is a lot of mystery surrounding him—is he really the badass he claims to be? He’s a known liar, so why can’t he simply be lying through his teeth, again? Or, was he- just a struggling teenager caught up in something tragic?
Throughout “Serial,” the host Sarah Koenig doesn’t get the opportunity to talk to Jay in detail about his part of the story. But, he later talks to The Intercept not long after his denial of Koenig’s interview.
By the time “Serial” ends, we don’t really know how we feel about Jay, and, honestly, I’m still not sure.
You may find yourself sympathizing with Jay—as Susan Simpson from “Undisclosed” shares a theory that may fit more with Jay’s personality and the Baltimore Police Department’s track record of incompetence, or you might continue thinking that Jay was unlucky in his acquaintance with Adnan.
Despite the rather lukewarm evidence presented against Jay, the real bombshells heard during the episode are about the Baltimore Police Department and the detectives who worked on Hae Min Lee’s case—William Ritz and Gregory MacGillivary.
To date, three defendants convicted of murder after an investigation by either one of the aforementioned detectives have not only been released from prison but were also determined to be wrongfully convicted.
Rabia Chaudry and her team provide some solid theories and evidence on how and why the Baltimore Police Department may have had a serious hand in their star witness, Jay’s “confession” and testimony, and their questionable practices that eventually caught up to them.
Additionally, in the following episode, “Addendum 3,” it is discovered that Jay actually talks and meets with the Baltimore Police two weeks after Hae’s murder—before the police speak to Jen—and is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
So, what exactly happens to this charge? You can find that and more details in “Addendum 3.”
If you’re still following “Undisclosed,” it’s not a bad idea to begin doubting the competence (and maybe integrity) of the Baltimore Police Department’s practices in 1999 and 2000.
After all, if they made astronomical mistakes in previous murder cases—who is to say they didn’t make them with Hae’s, as well.
“Episode 4: The 28-Day Wait for Hae Sheds Light on Reaction and Investigation”
Episode 4 of “Undisclosed” goes day-by-day through the 28 days that it took to find Hae, mapping the investigation of the police and activities of her friends and teachers.
To put it simply, Episode 4 is cringe-worthy and sad. Sad—when you hear the details of the days that passed as Hae was missing—what her family must have gone through during the ice storms, the lack of worry from her friends at school, and the circumstances upon which Mr. S discovered her body.
The podcast mentioned the circumstances of Jada Lambert’s murder—who was killed by Roy Davis: you may remember him from Koenig’s conversations with The Innocence Project.
What’s most interesting, is as you follow police notes throughout the 28 days, it is revealed almost all the files are dated February 14—after Hae’s body is found and after Adnan is already identified as a suspect.
Regardless of where you stand at this point, it does seem rather odd for investigators to wait that long to begin penning their notes and thoughts.
“Serial” barely scratched the surface of this messy case. And while “Undisclosed” is trying hard to decipher and expose what happened and didn’t happen—it’s just not that simple to fully convey the irregularities of the investigation through their podcast.
As we get through all the new information revealed to us, many may agree when I say: will we ever, really know the truth?
“Undisclosed Episode 5: New Information on Hae’s Autopsy Report is Depressing and Enlightening”
Episode 5 of “Undisclosed,” titled “Autoptēs,” the Greek word for autopsy, and goes into great (and graphic) depth of the details surrounding Hae’s autopsy, the discovery of her car, and crime scenes.
Rabia emphasizes the knowledge of two crime scenes: Hae’s car and the burial site, and hints the very likely possibility of a third, unknown crime scene.
Aside from it really tugging at your heartstrings, this episode of “Undisclosed” is seriously great—with robust research, answers to important questions and pure science to help lay out all the facts.
In my opinion, if there’s one episode you definitely should not miss from this podcast, it would be Episode 5.
Both Colin Miller and Simpson interview a number of pathologists to find out if the autopsy report matches the state’s theory. Despite some agreements, Dr. Leige Hlavaty, a chief medical examiner from Wayne County, Michigan, reveals that most of the state’s theory does not match Hae’s autopsy (surprise!).
The team also goes into depth on Hae’s car, one of the “crime scenes.” There are indications that the car may not have been sitting there for six weeks, so where was it? There’s also more evidence that what Jay said he knew about regarding the contents of Hae’s car may not be true (second surprise!), since his story changes from one interview to the next, or doesn’t exactly check out, as provided by physical evidence.
There’s also more information that sheds light on fingerprint evidence in her car, the confusion between a broken turning signal or windshield lever, and the possibility of a hot-wiring.
All this—and shocking revelations from Hae’s autopsy allow us to take a peek into Hae’s last few hours, and how they may be entirely different from what we think they were.
The possibility of a different murder timeline changes everything—from Adnan’s location at the time of her real burial to the actual method of her murder.
After listening to this episode, you’ll be left with only two words: poor Hae.
Be sure to listen to “Addendum 5,” which provides new evidence on Hae’s car and where it may have been after her murder, which contradicts the state’s theory once again, as well as more information on her autopsy and another eyewitness.
Tune into missed and new episodes of “Undisclosed” here.