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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Adnan Syed Case: Jenn's Interview & "A Different Broads House"

Last week, I posted an entry about Jenn's Day in the Adnan Syed case based on her trial testimony. Next, I planned to do a post about Jenn's Day based upon her police interview. I will still do that post, but I came across something interesting in Jenn's interview that I don't think I fully processed before. I also can't remember anyone else addressing it, so I figured I would do a post on it.

This comes from pages 16-17 of Jenn's police interview:

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Now, a first interesting thing about this excerpt is Jenn saying that Jay didn't know "how Adnar got to Best Buy or how um how he got into Hae's car, if he did it in Hae's car or whether he did it in Hae's car."

Of course, in Jay's first interview, he says that Adnan told him that he did kill Hae in her car, with Hae kicking the windshield wiper lever (page 26). That said, Jay does corroborate Jenn's accounting in his first interview when he says that Adnan never mentioned "how he got inside [Hae's] vehicle or how he stopped her or how he got her attention that afternoon." (page 27). In his second interview, however, Jay says that Adnan got a ride from Hae by telling her that his car was broken down (page 4).

Next, the second interesting thing about this excerpt is Jenn's description of what Jay told her about the burial. According to Jenn, Jay told her that (1) he didn't know the location of Hae's car; (2) he dropped Adnan off at one place in the city, "a different broads house" or "a different chicks house;" and (3) he picked Adnan up at a second place in the city, presumably after Adnan had buried Hae's car and dumped her car somewhere.

Of course, about a day later, Jay would tell a very different version of the burial, with Jay helping Adnan dig the hole and later helping him ditch Hae's car. And, of course, Jay's story would later evolve a few times, with the most recent permutation being the story he told in The Intercept interview.

Now, my purpose with this post isn't to determine which version of events is actually true. My question is simply to ask the origin of Jenn's story to the detectives. Which of these possibilities do you think is likeliest:

(1) Jenn is honestly and accurately telling the detectives what Jay told her on January 13th;

(2) Jenn is trying to tell the detectives what Jay told her on January 13th, but is being (very) inaccurate;

(3) Jenn is lying to the detectives about what Jay told her on January 13th; or

(4) Jenn is telling the detectives what Jay told her the night before the interview.

Personally, #4 is the most interesting possibility, and this is the case for me based upon another portion of Jenn's interview I hadn't fully processed before:

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As this excerpt makes clear, between Jenn's first, aborted interview with the detectives and her second interview, she talked to Jay, who told her at least a few important details about January 13th for the first time. But how much did they discuss? For instance, does this conversation explain why they both say that Jay didn't leave Jenn's house until after 3:30 P.M.?



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This interview reminds me of Jeff sessions testimony. Quite confusing

Posted by: Linnette garber | Nov 16, 2017 8:27:37 AM

It's a shame Jenn still seems to be strongly entwined with Jay's family--if she could just tell us the truth about when Jay asked her to say these things, it'd go a long way.

Posted by: Paul | Nov 17, 2017 1:33:16 PM

Jay and Jenn are lying. The truth never changes, when you lie the story changes as in this case. Adnan was wrongfully convicted because of Jay's story. There was no solid evidence regardless of what the judge stated, all evidence was purely circumstantial. The police were pushing Jay to confirm Adnan as the murderer. The police didn't look at anyone else, the police were in a rush to convict. Ronald Lee Moore is most likely the killer it is not Adnan and it's a shame over half his life has been in jail for a crime he did not commit.

Posted by: Margaret Fullem | Nov 20, 2017 10:56:30 AM

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