Netflix not too long ago launched “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez,” a three-part sequence that goals to look at the rise and fall of the late New England Patriots tight finish.
Hernandez, who was convicted of first-degree homicide in 2015, hanged himself in 2017 at age 27. He was found in his cell by corrections officer at a Massachusetts jail, the New York Times reported.
Government producer Kevin Armstrong, who as a sportswriter initially adopted Hernandez’s profession, was there when the star was arrested and charged with the killing of semiprofessional soccer participant Odin Lloyd, who was courting the sister of Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez’s fiancée.
“I covered all 10 weeks of his first trial regarding the killing of Odin Lloyd,” Armstrong defined to Fox Information. “Aaron was a really assured defendant. I actually, actually imagine that he thought he would get off… He walked into the courtroom every day with a little bit of a swagger, a assured gate that he had. And even on the very finish when he was convicted, it was fairly clear that he was shocked.
“He seemed again at his fiancée and his mom and he tried to console them a little bit bit,” Armstrong continued. “His mother kept on saying, ‘Come back, come back.’ And I’ll never forget that sight. Obviously they had a very difficult relationship, which we get into the docuseries. But at the end of the day, Aaron was very confident that he could get off throughout the first time.”
Armstrong is conscious that the documentary has already confronted some controversy. Hernandez’s attorney Jose Baez, who participated within the sequence, informed TMZ the sequence implied his consumer agonized over his sexual orientation and might need even taken his life due to his secret. He argued that Hernandez’s demise was triggered by extreme CTE — a degenerative mind illness that impacts reminiscence, judgment and habits.
“We appreciate [Baez] sitting down with us,” mentioned Armstrong. “We definitely sought him as someone who could provide perspective. But at the end of the day, I’m not sure that any of us truly know why Aaron Hernandez did what he did. Obviously, in the docuseries we explore a number of things from sexuality to CTE to drug use and even just his family development as a child. So I think that all of us are still trying to search for what exactly it was that led Aaron Hernandez to make the decisions he made.”
Within the particular, Dennis SanSoucie, who performed highschool soccer with Hernandez, claimed that they had an on-and-off relationship “from the 7th grade to the junior year of high school.” SanSoucie alleged there have been few folks at their faculty who have been “out of the closet,” and subsequently they needed to “hide what we were.”
“I was in such denial… because I was an athlete,” mentioned SanSoucie. “You mean to tell me that the quarterback and the tight end was gay? He sleeps with other men? No, it doesn’t sit right with people. It doesn’t sit right within our own stomach at the time.”
Following Hernandez’s suicide, rumors started circulating that he had a relationship with one other prisoner.
Jenkins, who didn’t take part within the documentary, informed Dr. Phil in 2017 she didn’t imagine Hernandez was homosexual or bisexual. She confused he was “very much a man” and known as the rumors “embarrassing” and “hurtful.”
Armstrong stood by the particular’s deep dive into Hernandez’s violent, temporary life.
“We wanted to provide proper perspective throughout,” he defined. “We took pride in panoramic reporting, really speaking to everybody from every angle, exhausting all resources that we had… We tried to really put that in the context of what led Aaron Hernandez to make some of the decisions he made across his life… I think it’s an open question in terms of just how much Aaron’s compartmentalization of his life really weighed on him over the years.”
However one factor each Armstrong and Baez agreed on is that Hernandez appeared elated throughout his last days — at first. Only a few days earlier than his demise, Hernandez was discovered not responsible in a second homicide case, a 2012 drive-by capturing of two folks in Boston.
Transcripts the Bristol County sheriff launched final 12 months of greater than 900 jailhouse phone conversations Hernandez had with household and associates confirmed he was anticipated to be launched from jail and resume his soccer profession. Hernandez had a five-year, $40 million take care of the Patriots on the time of his arrest.
“I think Aaron had reason to be optimistic in his final days,” mentioned Armstrong. “A week earlier he gained the acquittal in the double homicide case… There [were] a lot of things going well for him and it had been a number of years since he had really had success with anything… But in those final days, I think Aaron made a decision where he was still serving a life sentence. He had the possibility of pursuing the appeal and Jose Baez potentially being the attorney to represent him in that appeal as well. But at the end of the day, he made the decision that he did.”
After Hernandez’s demise, docs discovered he had superior CTE, which is linked to concussions and different head trauma commonplace within the NFL.
“I think [CTE] was a part of his decision-making, but I think there was an entire cocktail of events here in terms of the stresses and strains of life [that impacted him],” mentioned Armstrong. “He was a young father, he had a flophouse, he had the secondary life where he kept other things away from people… Everything came together as a bit of a perfect storm for him.”
In response to state police, the participant wrote “John 3:16,” a reference to a Bible verse, in ink on his brow, in addition to in blood on a cell wall. The verse says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
A Bible was additionally discovered close by, open to John 3:16. The verse was marked with a drop of blood. Authorities mentioned that Hernandez was a member of the Bloods gang and had been disciplined for having gang paraphernalia behind bars.
“I know Aaron often pointed to a tattoo on his arm,” mentioned Armstrong. “It says, ‘If it is to be, it is up to me.’ His father had given that to him. It was a saying that he had used… That was a message from his father — you’re responsible for the decisions you make. I think both father and son made some bad decisions [in their lifetimes].”
Hernandez’s story continues to each horrify and fascinate audiences. Previous to the Netflix particular, different documentaries aired on each Oxygen and Investigation Discovery [ID]. There was additionally a “48 Hours” particular, together with books by bestselling writer James Patterson and even Baez.
“I think the most intriguing part of Aaron’s story is he had everything,” mentioned Armstrong. “And this was the time [in] his life when he made the decision to kill Odin Lloyd… There’s just so many strands to him that after following his story for seven years, and even knowing him as a reporter, I think there [are] layers that continue to unravel at even two years past his death.”
“Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” is presently streaming on Netflix. The Related Press contributed to this report.