Making Sense of “Making a Murderer”

cbb182423d1fe183a6e52ddfc43a79e067914_largeWarning: This article contains spoilers. If you are planning to watch the Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” you might not want to read this article.

Remember this time last year when millions of people were talking about “Serial”? Well, many still are, as the second season of the true crime documentary podcast series—this time focusing on the case of soldier-turned-Taliban prisoner, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl—premiered on Dec. 10. As popular as the “Serial” series is, however, buzz regarding the 10-part Netflix crime documentary series “Making a Murderer” appears to have eclipsed it.

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Finding our soul in the wake of a soulless act: Where does Chattanooga go from here?

879720925d315dd1bee002fccd596b5963021_largeIn the coming days and weeks, counterterrorism investigators, the FBI and other federal law enforcement officials will attempt to figure out what Chattanoogans and millions of others across the globe want to know: Why did Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez go on a shooting rampage that killed five U.S. service members?

Was he a Muslim extremist or simply a troubled young man? Was he battling depression or engaged in a holy war? What happened, exactly, during his time in Jordan last year? Did he go there, as his parents claim, to get clean and get away from some questionable friends, or was there a more nefarious reason for his trip? Was his attack inevitable, or was there anything we could have done to prevent it?

These are important questions all deserving of answers, answers that will come slowly.

Regardless of the answers, however, what ultimately matters is how this unfathomable tragedy will shape our city going forward. What matters now is what we do in response.

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The Verdict on “Serial”

0c89f3e75c770e778f0a5da51580812c57517_mediumIf you haven’t heard the true crime podcast “Serial” by now, you’ve likely at least heard about it. A spinoff of “This American Life,” “Serial” is the most downloaded podcast in history.

Host and executive producer Sarah Koenig—also a producer for “This American Life” and formerly a reporter at ABC News, The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun—applies her journalistic skills on “Serial” to answer the following question: Did Baltimore high school student Adnan Syed kill his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, 15 years ago—or was he wrongfully convicted?

For 15 months, Koenig and her team combed through documents and conducted numerous interviews with people associated with the case. And although Koenig didn’t drop any bombshells in Thursday’s season finale, her work on “Serial” is noteworthy for a few reasons.

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