Ronald Lee Moore: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Ronald Lee Moore: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Ronald Lee Moore (Mugshot via Nutty News)

Ronald Lee Moore was the killer named in the last episode of the Serial podcast as the suspect in Hae Min Lee’s death. His DNA may prove Adnan Syed’s innocence.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. He Was Released From Jail 2 Weeks Before Hae’s Murder

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Ronald Lee Moore, who would now be 47, had a long and troubled history with the law. He was a crack addict, was a known burglar, and we now know his burglaries usually included rape should a female victim be home.

According to the Serial podcast posted today, Moore was released from jail in Baltimore County on January 1, 1999.

Hae Min Lee was murdered on January 13, 1999.

He was arrested again later on burglary and sexual assault charges in Glen Burnie, Maryland. The sexual assault included the use of a cattle prod.


2. He Was Accidentally Released in 2007

Moore was in jail until November 21, 2007, when he was accidentally released due to a clerical error.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

Moore had been on the run since Nov. 21, [2007], when he was released from the Baltimore City Correctional Center after serving about seven years of a 13-year sentence for assault and burglary. Officials had been instructed to move Moore to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center but released him because of a clerical error.

Moore escaped to Louisiana.


3. He Killed Himself in Louisiana

After escaping to Louisiana, Moore returned to a life of crime. He was even featured on America’s Most Wanted.

He broke into a home on Christmas Eve and was soon picked up in Destrehan, on the outskirts of New Orleans.

Cops identified him through fingerprints despite his giving a fake name.

He was intended to be transferred back to Maryland to face charges including “first- and second-degree sex offense, unnatural or perverted practice, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a deadly weapon and first-degree burglary,” but Moore hanged himself while awaiting transfer at the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.

The Lobstervateur writes:

According to a sheriff’s release, Moore was found hanging in his cell by deputies passing out dinner trays to inmates around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Moore was hanging by the drawstring of a mesh laundry bag tied to the air-conditioning vent over a toilet in his jail cell.


4. New DNA Evidence Links Him to Murder in 1999

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Annelise Hyang Suk Lee (Baltimore County PD)

In July 2014, a cold case in Baltimore County was solved when new DNA evidence was tested.

In 1999, Annelise Hyang Suk Lee, a 27-year-old female of Asian descent, was found raped, beaten, and strangled to death in her apartment bedroom.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

In 1999 Lee had been found dead in her apartment bedroom from blunt force trauma and strangulation, police said. Her employer had called police because she did not show up for work or answer her phone.

Police reexamined evidence from the case in March 2013, and a DNA profile was developed from one of the items and matched Moore’s profile.

As Sarah Koenig pointed out in the last episode of the Serial season one podcast, Annelise Hyang Suk Lee’s murder occurred in Moore’s tiny window out of jail — the same period when Hae Min Lee was murdered.


5. DNA Evidence Might be Tested for Hae Min Lee

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(Serial)

As Sarah Koenig reported in the last episode, Deirdre Enright, a lawyer with The Innocence Project, has filed an appeal to test the DNA evidence found on Hae Min Lee when her body was discovered. This would include DNA found under her fingernails and hairs found on her body.

There is no word on whether Enright’s request has been granted.

However, it still begs the question: How did Jay, the man who helped police build their case against Adnan Syed, know where Hae’s abandoned car was?

A strange case indeed.


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max

That’s the wrong photo. This is very irresponsible and damaging. Please fix this.

disposablebrandon

We cannot be sure the police really learned from Jay where the car was. Transcripts of his interrogations reveal them coaching him to answer in ways that help them bolster their case against Syed. When police suspect someone but don’t have enough evidence to sew up holes in the evidence, they sometimes act in ways we might think of as dishonest. The ends often justify the means to certain people, especially when they fear being blamed for failing to bring justice to the guy who killed a beautiful, seventeen-year-old girl. I don’t think any possibility is off the table.

Anonymous

Adnan didn’t “seem” like a killer. What does a killer “seem” like again? I enjoyed the podcast, but this one is a reach. Jay was coached by police and sticks to the story 15 years later?

Think about it like this: she was murdered a month after a big breakup. The murder was by strangulation (it was personal). There is motive for Adnan. A person (jay) who was clearly involved with the murder, yet has no known motive, indicated Adnan. Adnan has no alibi, no memory, a motive, and refused to testify.

And some people think jay did it. So jay murdered some and then pointed the finger at someone else who happened to have no alibi or memory of a night his girlfriend went missing?!?

TLAPO

If strangulation is “personal” can you explain the personal connection between Rodney Lee Moore and Annelise Hyang Suk Lee?

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