Serial is a podcast exploring a suspenseful story over multiple episodes, as long as it takes to tell the story. Sarah Koenig created and hosts the series, which is co-produced by Koenig and Julie Snyder, both producers of This American Life. The topic of season one is an investigation into a 1999 Baltimore murder.
Season one focuses on the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, an 18 year old student at Woodlawn High School. Lee was last seen at approximately 3 p.m. on January 13, 1999. Her corpse was discovered on February 9 in Leakin Park and identified two days later, with the case immediately being treated as a homicide. Lee's ex-boyfriend Adnan Musud Syed was arrested on February 28 at 6 a.m. and charged with first-degree murder. Syed was found guilty of Lee's murder on February 25, 2000 after a six-week trial and was given a life sentence despite pleading his innocence.