It’s been two years since Aaron Hernandez He took his life in a Massachusetts prison and yet the public is still fascinated by the history of his life.
Part of this obsession is due to the many unanswered questions that remain after his death: Did he commit suicide? What was your sexuality? Was football-induced chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) the fault of his greatest paranoia and subsequent killings?
While some of these mysteries will probably never be solved, the new Netflix docuseries Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez illuminates the factors that led to its disappearance in 2017. In the three-part series, directed by Geno McDermott, experts, friends and family explore their abusive education, their life on and off the field, their crimes and the diagnosis that caused so much speculation.
To begin, the program begins with the crimes that took him to jail. As many know, the former football professional was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the death of his future brother-in-law. Odin lloyd. Just when the case was closed, he was accused of killing two other men on a car trip by shooting.
He was finally acquitted, but it didn’t matter. Aaron would take his life five days later.
To understand this chain of events, the docuseries analyzes five main themes, which are summarized below:
Your rapidly fluctuating emotions: A common topic of discussion in the docuseries was Hernández’s ever-changing attitude towards those around him. Several people remember seeing him happy and funny one second, and being furious the next. Fiscal Patrick Haggan He said in the series: “You see this common theme of him being impulsive and capable, in the blink of an eye, going from being an extremely jovial, nice, friendly and somewhat loving guy, in a moment, getting angry, and physical and violent “.
Understandably, many believe that these apparent mood swings were largely due to his severe CTE, a neurodegenerative disease that would only be discovered at his death.
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The former soccer star had “advanced” CTE: According to Ann McKeeNeuropathologist and neurodegenerative disease expert at the CTE Center at Boston University, Hernandez CTE was “very advanced.” They cannot conclusively say that their condition, which can cause memory loss, depression and dementia, caused their erratic behavior, but the evidence suggests that it played an important role. She explained: “And not only was it advanced microscopically, especially in the frontal lobes, which are very important for decision making, judgment and cognition.”
Prosecutor Haggan also suspected this. “And if you look at everything this young man was going through, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally, what happened when he was a child and what happened in his own life, then, in addition, adds CTE, everything it made sense that this tragedy had probably begun, “he speculated. “Or the seeds of this tragedy had begun many, many years before.”
Hernández’s struggles with his sexuality: In the days before his death, a journalist claimed that the soccer player was gay. Since then, childhood friend of Hernandez. Dennis SanSoucie He has come forward to claim that he and the star had a sexual relationship for almost five years. “The girls didn’t date the boys after school, so Aaron and I experimented,” he said. “And it was something that, to be honest, we continued because we probably enjoyed it. Um, hello?”
Some claim that Aaron’s flagrant disrespect for homosexual men was due to his inability to reconcile with his own sexuality. In the documentary, they include phone calls from Aaron talking to his fiance, Shayanna Jenkins, as well as his mother, in which he laments the “extravagant” men with whom he is imprisoned.
Aaron found that the prison was a “cozy” place: To the surprise of many, the New England Patriots found that their jail cell was quite “cozy.” He told his mother Terri Hernandez“Do you know what I always do? I always walk to my door and turn and look the other way and I only see how perfect my cell looks.”
The documentary also states that he quickly adjusted to life in prison, something that “cooled even veteran correction officers at the Bristol jail.”
Hernández’s childhood was more problematic than originally thought: In the documentary, it is revealed that the star was sexually abused by a babysitter when she was younger. Aaron discussed this with his defense attorney, George Leontire, who said that Aaron “believed that his abuse as a child impacted his sexuality; that was one of the things he clung to as to why he, in his mind, has this” aberrant “behavior.”
In addition, Aaron’s father was physically and mentally abusive towards him and his brother. According to SanSoucie, Hernández’s father did not want him to be too “feminine” and said he was the type of man who “would beat you up.”
This and more is explored in more detail in the documentary that is now published on Netflix.