Adnan was convicted because Jay, whom the jury found generally likeable (certainly in contast to Adnan’s lawyer), had a story to tell that was plausible enough despite its inconsistencies; Adnan, by comparison, had only absences and gaps and failures of memory. We like stories. We don’t like gaps. This is why we liked Serial, and why we stayed hooked until the end.
I wonder how we would have felt about Adnan, and about Serial, had Jay’s story been interleaved with Adnan’s throughout?