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Here's Rare Archival Footage Of An Interview With Hae Min Lee, The Victim In "Serial"

The 17-year-old Baltimore student, whose murder is now the subject of the world's most popular podcast — Serial — talks about balancing school and a job in this archived interview released by ABC2.

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In Episode 9, reporter Sarah Koenig indirectly addressed the criticism the podcast has received for treating the victim, Lee, as a secondary character and for the striking absence of her family from the narrative.

Koenig said that multiple attempts to contact Lee's family failed. She added, "I learned a few days ago that [the family] know what we're doing. My best guess is that they want no part of it, which I respect."

The few times the narrative focused on Lee was when Koenig read from her diary on Episode 2, and in Episode 9, when she describes the young woman in the words of her friends: "Her lack of insecurity, her love of 'Titanic,' Sprite, and the Dallas Cowboys, and her habit of picking off her nail polish after applying it."

ABC2, a Baltimore news channel, released archived footage of an interview with Hae Min Lee on Monday.

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The channel also released archived footage of Lee's mother and brother talking about how shocked they were that Lee's killer was her friend, Syed.

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Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.

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