“If you don’t mind me asking, you don’t really have no ending?” Adnan asks Koenig this, just days before the final podcast. She goes on to assure the listeners that she does…but is it the ending we want? What do we end up getting out of this story? Throughout the series, Koenig places herself in the position of the audience, asking all of the questions and displaying all of the frustration we share. To what end? Twelve episodes and three months in, I’m left with even more questions and no one to ask them for me.
So, what did the end actually conclude? All the end has to really say is that the justice system locked a 17 year old kid away for the rest of his life, because someone pointed a finger at him. This is what Koenig leaves us with, the strongest evidence being that Jay knew where the car was. “It’s not enough, to me to send anyone to prison for life, never mind a 17 year old kid.” This is Koenig’s clearest point, her only unshakable feeling. Clearly one that is shared by thousands of listeners, raising over $82,000 for Adnan’s legal fund.
Over those twelve episodes, listeners experience the evolution of the podcast. It appears to me that starting out, she wanted her ending, “certainty, one way or the other, seemed so attainable.” In the end, however, this piece has become a critique. The podcast has people across the country wondering how convictions like this can be made, and beyond a reasonable doubt. Questions are raised about how cases are built and the motive behind building a case, to find the truth…or to win? Through Koenig’s voice, and her depiction of the case in all of its faults, people have found a cause to get behind.