No, not the cafe in London selling cereal, but the podcast.
**Warning** This is all spoiler and details that you may not want to read if you haven't listened / finished it yet.
The weekly podcast from the USA, re-investigating a murder from 1999, using original interviews and transcripts, evidence from trial and new witnesses and interviews along with many fresh pairs of eyes to review and establish if the man convicted of the crime should have been, and should be in prison.
Like many people, I saw the mentions of this new podcast appear, and grow on twitter to the point I thought I better find and download it. I didn't pay any attention to the site or background, and actually assumed it was fiction for the first few episodes I listened to. Finding out it was a real case changed the way I was listening to it, and like many I started to try and think how I would have seen the evidence if on a jury.
The episodes carried on with finding and revealing new information, and the reviews of old facts that seemed to have never been followed through or checked at the time. The absolute inability to find out if there had ever been a call box at the Best Buy for example, showing that what we assume is black and white is often far from it.
Confusing alibis, conflicting stories, odd mobile phone records and use all building up a picture where the assumption of guilt or innocence changed from episode to episode.
What changed dramatically for the makers, and clearly influenced the later episodes, was that the new world meant that all the people involved at any level in the case were being publicly identified, and the details of the case were being discussed on global forums - the world turning into a detective agency to seek the answers that were eluding the makers.
They had to start referencing information and details that they may not have seen or followed up, the dynamics of the podcast changing. Especially when spoilers started to appear about re-trials and appeals in the new year.
It is hard to second guess what the makers thought would happen. Unlike a documentary on TV or a newspaper article / review of cases, this was a continuing process. Hours of details and information to absorb, far more than a few thousand words in a magazine or a 30 minute show. This was a totally different concept and process, and one I always felt mildly uncomfortable that it was seen as "entertainment". After all, Hae is dead, not a character from a book, but a real person. Adnan is in prison, locked up, if he is innocent that is a large chunk of his life gone forever.
And that is it. As it was and is real life, it hasn't ended yet. DNA samples to be checked, will that be the key to establishing guilt? A potential serial killer in the area at the time? Jay? Will we ever really know the truth - it would be nice to think so, as currently there are a large number of people with very different stories and versions of a time in the last century that ended with a young girl being killed. It seems, to me, that almost everyone involved is lying about at least some of the details - will we ever find out why?
Adnan is either a victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice, or an outstanding liar and killer - roll on the DNA test and hopefully conclusion for all the family and friends and individuals involved.
Whatever it is, I miss the "mail c-a-himp" introduction weekly on a Thursday :-)