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Rabia Chaudry

Month: November 2014 (page 1 of 6)

Where It All Began

*Before I get into the meat and potatoes of this post, I would be remiss if I didn’t share the work of attorney Susan Simpson, who blogs here. If you want some excellent analysis of the case from a factual and legal perspective, read her stuff.  She basically nails the timeline with respect to what Adnan remembers. 

I’ve said from the beginning that as Serial winds down, I’ll release more documents, but at no point will I “trump” their work. I try at all times to stay at least half a step behind their narrative.  From where I stand it looks like they’ve clearly moved on from the initial parts of the case and investigation, so I thought it was an appropriate time to release some documents in their entirety.

Let me make something clear – nothing I am releasing here is confidential, it is all the kind of public record that anyone could obtain from a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request, which can be filed with any government agency, like the Baltimore County Police. There are some documents that are attorney notes, which cannot be obtained from a FOIA, but even in those I’m careful not to release anybody’s private information. In the documents linked here, I’ve made sure to redact last names, and sometimes first names too, as in the case of “Cathy”, as well as phone numbers and addresses.

So where did the investigation of Adnan begin? With an anonymous phone call, three days after Hae’s body is found.  Continue reading

On Being Thankful

I am thankful for my family, my friends, my perpetually alarmed cat Mr. Beans, and this plump turkey which will go from brine to deep fryer tomorrow.

I am thankful for my family, my friends, my perpetually alarmed cat Mr. Beans, and this plump turkey which will go from brine to deep fryer tomorrow.

“How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to God and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him” – Narration of the Prophet Muhammad

Thankfulness is the state of a gracious person, whether in adversity or prosperity, and this is a core value of all the religions, and of moral people in general.  Counting your blessings and expressing gratitude (whether the Bible tells you to or Oprah tells you to) is proven to have mental health benefits, physical benefits, and of course strengthens and heals relationships.  An attitude of gratitude is one I have yet to master, and I look to people like Adnan, who are patient and mindful in adversity, to school me on it.

So this Thanksgiving, I must thank the good people at Serial for dedicating thousands of hours to find the truth in this case, the millions following Adnan’s story, the hundreds of thousands following my blog, and the hundreds who have reached out with messages of support and love, e-hugs, offering help, prayers, money, anything they can do. It is amazing. It is overwhelming.  And it is so very appreciated. Continue reading

Serial Episode 9: Deeper Into The Fog

One of many gifts Adnan made and sent to us. This is a painting he made in prison on a shower curtain. Adnan would make crafts and gifts, handmade cards, for special occasions. Like the Eid holiday, or when I passed my bar exam, or when I had a baby.

One of many gifts Adnan made and sent to us. This is a painting he made in prison on a shower curtain. Adnan would make crafts and gifts, handmade cards, for special occasions. Like the Eid holiday, or when I passed my bar exam, or when I had a baby.

I normally listen to each new episode of Serial the minute the kids and hubby walk out the door after the morning insanity of getting everyone dressed, fed, and out of the house with lunches and schoolbags. I usually have another hour before I have to leave for work, and on Thursdays, this is becomes the Serial I have with my chai.

Yesterday I was going to have a very busy Thursday and I got a number of messages in the morning saying this episode was sad, like really really sad. I was afraid I’d spend all day at work, and at an event after work, getting sporadically weepy so I decided that I’d wait until the end of the day to listen to it.

That decision lasted about 20 minutes. Continue reading

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