Picking up from where yesterday’s interview left off, Jay Wilds continued to speak with The Intercept about Serial. Wilds opened up about meeting with Sarah Koenig during her reporting for the podcast and why he decided against appearing on Serial to present his side of the story.
In The Intercept‘s second portion of their interview, Wilds mostly addresses his awareness of Koenig, her research, and the podcast before it became so popular. He explains that Koenig and her producer Julie Snyder pitched the story as a radio show for NPR, but they did not describe it as a podcast or use the name Serial; instead, they referenced This American Life.
Wilds states that Koenig promised new evidence had arisen in Adnan Syed’s case, but he remained firm in his position that “there’s no new evidence that’s gonna change what I saw: I saw Hae [Min Lee] dead in the trunk of the car.”
Wilds eventually asked Koenig and Snyder to leave, since the meeting had upset Wilds’ wife and children. He explains that his family had tried to keep as much of their personal information unavailable to the public as possible.
“She kept saying, ‘It’s going to be in your interest to talk to me,’ and that just started to feel like a threat, like if I didn’t talk to her it was going to be bad news for me,” Wilds said.
The Intercept has also printed what is allegedly an email from Koenig to Wilds about why she wanted him to appear on the show. He also spoke to why he didn’t want to speak to Koenig for Serial.
“There’s nothing that’s gonna change the fact that this guy drove up in front of my grandmother’s house, popped the trunk, and had his dead girlfriend in the trunk,” Wilds said. “Anything that’s going to make him innocent doesn’t involve me. Hae was dead before she got to my house.” Later in the interview, he said, “And I feel like if I did talk to her, it would have given her twice as much ammo to twist my words.”
Read the full portion of the interview, in which Wilds also speaks to testifying in Syed’s trial and the anonymous call to the police that tipped them off to Syed, at The Intercept. The third and final part of the interview will be published Dec. 31.