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The murder of Hae Min Lee and the case against Adnan Syed

Study Guide Materials

Name: ____________________________Hour: ___Table: ___

12/15/2018 Blank Sheet - Google Docs

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Write a few sentences describing why you agree or disagree with each of the following statements. Be ready to share your opinions.

1. Peoples memory is a reliable form of information

2. All people, regardless of race, are treated the same in court.

3. People are innocent until proven guilty.

4. Even if you know your friend has done something wrong, it is never ok to report them.

5. The death penalty should be used for some crimes.

6. Nobody is all bad or all good.

7. When the law does not succeed in punishing criminals, citizens should do so.

8. If you kill another person, you should always be punished.

9. If you are innocent, you have no need to fear the judicial system.5

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Mosque

Foundation

Adamant

Staunch

Problematic

Tangible

Alibi

Confide

Affidavit

Undermine

Discredit

Bloodhound

Trawling

Diligence

Heinous

Demeanor

Elation

Manipulate

Besmirch

Chronicle

Fraught

Chastise

Betray

Humiliate

Vindictive

Angst

Pester

Dispel

Menace

Allege

Fabricate

Hijab

Duplicitous

Adamant

Refute

Affidavit

Subpoena

Discrepancy

Meticulous

Corroborate

Adnan Syed Convicted of killing Hae Mine Lee, his ex-girlfriend. He was 17 and a senior at Woodlawn High School.

Jay The States key witness against Adnan

Asia Classmate of Adnan. Claims she saw him in the public library.

Nisha Adnans friend, who lived in Silver Spring, Md.

Stephanie Classmate and close friend of Adnan, and girlfriend of Jay

Jen Friend of Jay from high school. Testified she saw Jay and Adnan on the night of the murder.

M. Cristina Gutierrez Adnans trial attorney.

Det. Ritz and Det. MacGillivary Lead homicide investigators.

Mr. S. Discovered Haesbody in Leakin Park on Feb 9th.

Rabia Family friend of Adnan and an attorney.

Don Haes boyfriend at the time she disappeared.

Nisha Adnans friend, who lived in Silver Spring, Md.

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Focused on Thinking, Teachers Pay Teachers, November 2016.

SERIAL PEOPLE MAP

DET. RITZ AND

DET. MACGILLIVARY

JENN

JAY

Testified that she saw

Jay and Adnan the

night of the murder,

and that Jay told her

Adnan had killed Hae.

CATHY

Key witness against

Adnan. Says he helped

bury Haes body at Leakin

Park. Graduated a year

ahead of Adnan from

Woodlawn High School.

They smoked pot togeth-

er and were both close to

Stephanie, Jays girlfriend.

Jenns close friend. Testified

that Adnan and Jay came to

her house the night of the

murder and that she believed

Adnan was acting strangely.

She had not previously met

him.

CHRIS

Friend of Jay who also went to

Woodlawn H.S. He says Jay told

him that Adnan forced him to

help bury Hae, and threatened

to hurt Stephanie if Jay said any-

thing.

LAURA

STEPHANIE

Classmate and close

friend of Adnan. Jays

girlfriend. The day Hae

disappeared was her

birthday. Jay bor-

rowed Adnans car

and cell phoneto

buy her a birthday

present.

Classmate and friend of Jay,

Stephanie, Adnan, and

Jenn. She never believed

Adnan was guilty, but also

doesnt believe Jay would

lie about this.

CRISTINA GUTIERREZ

Adnans trial attorney who had a reputa-

tion as a tough defense lawyer. She was

disbarred for mismanaging client money in

2001, a year after Adnans trial. She died

after a series of health problems in 2004.

Lead homicide investigators who interviewed

Jay four times and were aware that his story

kept changing. Both are sure Adnan did it.

ADNAN SYED

ASIA

Classmate of Adnan who claims she saw him

at the public library at the supposed time of

Haes murder. She did not make a statement

in the trial; says no lawyer contacted her.

Convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in

Baltimore. He was seventeen, senior honors stu-

dent and athlete at Woodlawn High School when he

was arrested. He is serving a life sentence in prison.

His parents immigrated from Pakistan before he was

born.

NISHA

High school student in Silver Spring.

Adnan began calling her after they met

New Years Eve, 1998. A call from his

cell to her home was made at 3:22 pm

the day Hae disappeared. Adnan says

Jay had the phone at that time. But he

hasnt been able to explain who, then,

made the call.

SAAD

Adnans best friend and Rabias brother. Both

were doing things young Muslim men werent

supposed to do, like dating.

RABIA

YASER

Friend of Adnan from the mosque. When an

anonymous caller told the police to

concentrate on the victims boyfriend, the

caller also said __ might know something about

it. Calls were placed from Adnans cell phone to

his number twice on Jan. 13.

Friend of Adnans family and a lawyer.

Her younger brother, Saad, is Adnans

best friend. She has tried to prove

Adnans innocence since 2000.

MR. S.

HAE

KRISTA

Classmate and friend of both

Hae and Adnan. Remembers

Adnan asking Haw for a ride on

the morning of Jan 13, 1999.

(Adnan says he didnt.)

The murder victim, killed at age sev-

enteen. Adnan Syed was her ex-

boyfriend. She was an honors student

and athlete at Woodlawn High School

who immigrated in 1992 from South

Korea.

Maintenance worker at a

local school who discovered

Haes body Feb. 9th in Leakin

Park. Told police he was

driving to work when he

stopped at the park to pee

and then he found Haes

body. Police considered him

a suspect in the beginning.

BECKY

Classmate and friend of both Hae and Adnan.

Remembers Adnan and Hae talking after

schoolthat Hae told Adnan she couldnt give

him a ride anywhere because she had some-

thing to do. She also told police she had seen

Adnan after school that day around 2:45pm.

AISHA

DEBBIE

DON

Haes boyfriend at the time of her disap-

pearance. They met at work at the Mall.

Classmate and friend of Hae.

Told police she saw Adnan after

school on Jan. 13 around 3:30

pm. Says Hae told her she was

going to see Don after school.

Classmate and best friend

of Hae. Says Adnan was

very possessive with Hae.

12/15/2018 Episode 1 - Google Docs

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Episode 1: The Alibi

Listentothepodcastandanswerthefollowing.Somedetailedsectionsarefilledinforyou.

1. WhatisthecrucialtimewindowthatAdnancannotaccountfor?_____________minutes.

2. WhoisRabia?Whyissheinvolvedinthecase?

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3. Setting:HowisBaltimoredescribedbySarahKoenig?ConsiderhowshedescribesthelocationofRabiasoffice.

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4. WhywerepeoplesurprisedAdnanwasarrested?(ConsiderhowothersdescribeAdnan.)

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Episode1:TheAlibi1

12/15/2018 Episode 1 - Google Docs

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5. WhatalternatepointofviewdoesRabiagivetotheaboveaccusations?

(Considerwhatshesaysaboutchildrenofimmigrantparents.)_________________________________________________________________________________________________

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