Wandering Eye: Jay from 'Serial' talks, the life of an Amazon warehouse worker, and more

Jay Wilds never cooperated with Serial, but he's talking to Natasha Vargas-Cooper of The Intercept, the Glenn Greenwald investigative-reporting online magazine. In Serial, Wilds is a central character who is nonetheless a ghost presence throughout the podcast about Adnan Syed, who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999. In The Intercept interview—the first installment of more yet to come—he describes how Lee’s body was buried by Syed, how he helped, and why his story today is somewhat different than what he told the police, who made him the star state's witness at Syed's trial. (Van Smith)


The use of body cameras by police, which the Baltimore City Council wants to require and City Hall is assessing, now has some science behind it: a University of Cambridge study showing that, in an experiment in Rialto, California, in 2012, "use-of-force by officers wearing cameras fell by 59 percent and reports against officers dropped by 87 percent against the previous year's figures." Lead researcher Barak Ariel explains that "an officer is obliged to issue a warning from the start that an encounter is being filmed, impacting the psyche of all involved by conveying a straightforward, pragmatic message: we are all being watched, videotaped and expected to follow the rules." The authors caution, though, that the expense and prosecutorial impact of the massive data-retention body cameras require may give policymakers pause. (Van Smith)


Gawker has an Amazon warehouse worker mole to regale us with tales from the Christmas season rush, which the seasonal employee calls "nonstop chaos." Among the highlights: mandatory 60-hour work weeks, 15 minute breaks that aren't really 15 minutes, aching joints, and being obligated to work the day after Christmas because they "expect a huge number of people to be using their gift cards to order stuff. You know, anything from vegan marshmallows to glow in the dark strap-ons." The whole thing reads a bit like a fever dream, which is probably because that's what it was like to experience it. And what did Gawker's inside man get for working at Amazon for most of December? "A damn hard earned $2,000!" (Brandon Weigel)

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