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Lawyer’s ‘Serial’ blog proposes a theory about the time of murder

Time to get even more obsessed.


Nayomi Reghay


Posted on Dec 15, 2014   Updated on May 29, 2021, 11:40 pm CDT

On Thursday, the final episode of Serial‘s first season will air. If you’re among the many listeners turned would-be sleuths, hoping for the satisfying conclusion host Sarah Koenig alluded to in earlier episodes may be as futile as penning a letter to the North Pole.

Before you start cursing the day you fell prey to the hyper-addictive podcast, you might want to peruse the blog of Susan Simpson. The lawyer who methodically broke down the phone records at the center of the prosecution’s argument wrote a new post pinpointing what she believes to be the time of Hae Min Lee’s murder, imbuing the famed Nisha call with revelatory meaning.

While Serial has struggled to settle on a genre and craft a truly cohesive narrative, Simpson’s blog is direct and precise. Instead of wallowing in the world of what-ifs and ambiguity, Simpson takes an objective look at the facts at hand and presents a well-written and expertly argued theory for when the murder most likely took place.

It’s the next best thing to the ending you’ve been waiting for.

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*First Published: Dec 15, 2014, 6:17 pm CST