In the final installment of Jay Wilds’ three-part interview with The Intercept, the Serial subject discusses the impact the popular podcast has had on his life. In short: it hasn’t been a positive one.
“I feel like [Serial host Sarah Koenig] created an evil archetype of me and sensationalized my motives,” he said. “It helped fan the flames of this story that people had already moved on from.”
Wilds was an acquaintance of Adnan Syed’s, who Wilds said murdered Hae Min Lee. Since the podcast’s onset, Wilds has been at the center of listener-created theories about the murder — and the subject of unwanted attention. “The thing that’s been the most scary for my family has been people showing up at my house,” Wilds said. “Twice I’ve caught people videotaping our home and me.”
The interview also includes emails from Koenig to Wilds and Wilds’ feelings on his high school girlfriend Stephanie’s relationship with Syed. You can read it at The Intercept.