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Jay From ‘Serial’ Finally Opens Up About The Case In A New Interview

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If you’re a fan of the massively popular podcast “Serial,” you’ve probably been dying to hear Jay speak out about the case.

Jay Wilds was the key witness against Adnan Syed while Syed was on trial for the murder of his high school girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. In fact, the state of Baltimore’s case against Syed would have been practically nonexistent without the testimony of Jay.

Sarah Koenig was unable to get Jay to open up about the crime for “Serial,” much to the chagrin of “Serial’s” fervent listener base. But somehow, Natasha Vargas-Cooper over at The Intercept was able to get Jay to talk.

In the first part of a multi-part interview, Jay spoke about his relationship with Adnan and what he did in the aftermath of the murder. You would think that more information would help to elucidate certain facets of the case, but the more I learn, the more confused I become.

Jay’s story has changed now at least three times, so what he says should probably be taken with a grain of salt. Though if this new version is to be believed, it’s a pretty open and shut case.

You should check out the full interview here, but here are some of the more interesting quotes from Jay.

When asked to speculate about Adnan’s motive, Jay said,

From the way he carried himself, at least, it looked like he had never lost anything before. And it was really hard for him to deal with being on the losing end. In that situation, he was the loser. And people were starting to find out he was a loser, ‘Oh, you and Hae aren’t together anymore. She got a new boyfriend?’ And he didn’t know how to deal with that.

When asked about when he first saw Hae’s body, Jay said,

[Adnan] said, ‘You’ve gotta help me, or I’m gonna tell the cops about you and the weed and all that shit.’ And then he popped the trunk and I saw Hae’s body. She looked kinda purple, blue, her legs were tucked behind her, she had stockings on, none of her clothes were removed, nothing like that. She didn’t look beat up.

When asked why he agreed to help Adnan, Jay said,

Because at the time I was convinced that I would be going to jail for a long time if he turned me in for drug dealing, especially to high school kids. I was also running [drug] operations from my grandmother’s house. So that would ruin her life too. I was also around a bunch of people earlier the day [at Cathy’s], and I didn’t want them to get f*cked up with homicide.

Hopefully in the next installment, Vargas-Cooper asks Jay how to properly pronounce “Mail Chimp.”

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