Hernandez’s family members refused to participate in the series, whose executive producers are a couple of sports journalists, Dan Wetzel and Kevin Armstrong, who appear frequently in episodes to tell events.
Hernandez can be heard talking to several people close to him, including his mother and fiancee, in recorded telephone conversations while in a Bristol County jail (Conn.). In addition, the series presents comments from childhood friends, law enforcement officers and prison officials, defense attorneys, journalists and teammates from the Patriots.
Here are the eight most amazing details that emerged from “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez.”
The high school quarterback said they were in a sexual relationship.
As with many other aspects of the series, those who closely followed the Hernandez saga or who captured a relevant headline may already be familiar with the claims made by Dennis SanSoucie, his quarterback and close friend at Bristol Central High. However, those who are unfamiliar with the claims may be baffled to hear SanSoucie say that they “experienced” sexually.
“We continue because we probably enjoy it.
“Yes, we were in a relationship at the time,” SanSoucie tells the camera, “but at that time, you don’t see it that way.”
Elsewhere in the series, SanSoucie says that when news emerged that Hernandez may have had a lover in prison, his father made fun of him and declared that there was no way that the athlete he knew could be gay. SanSoucie said it took him months after that before he “broke the news” about him and Hernandez.
SanSoucie’s father, Tim, sits next to his son and says at one time that he was “homophobic” years ago, just like Hernandez’s father.
“Aaron was extremely terrified that his father found out,” adds Dennis SanSoucie. “I mean, Mr. Hernandez was well known as a man, a father who slapped the [gay slur] straight from you. ”
While it is understandable that the series is unable to fully explain what led Hernandez to lose his lucrative athletic career in favor of crime that ultimately led to at least one homicide, “Killer Inside” raises at various points that his discomfort with his sexual inclinations, or in at least the way others saw them, manifested in outbursts of anger and occasionally violent.
Other potential factors are also explored, such as the posthumous discovery of his brain with an amazingly advanced case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), as well as the abrupt death of his father when he was 16 years old. However, the possibility of Hernandez being gay or bisexual is constantly raised in the series, even by former Patriots offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan, who came out as gay after his NFL career ended in 2011.
O’Callaghan appreciated the Patriots culture and noted that the team’s focus on winning and the mandate to avoid any distractions made life easier for him as someone in the closet. He also suggested that Hernandez was extremely worried about deterring any suspicion about his sexuality.
“I think the whole story about Aaron is really unfortunate because you don’t know what led him to do these things,” says the former offensive lineman. “You know, if he could be himself and have some of these negative things not in his life, what kind of difference would he have made?”
The series also notes that Hernandez’s older brother, DJ Hernández, wrote in a book that there was a time when Aaron, inspired by female cousins, wanted to become a cheerleader. His father ended up this fast, DJ said.
He grew up in a family so pro-University of Connecticut, even his dog was called UConn
The Hernandez’s house had to do with the Huskies, while the patriarch, Dennis Hernandez, was alive and provided leadership and stability to young Aaron. The father, known in his neighborhood of Bristol as “The King”, played in U-Conn. and DJ was a quarterback there who would soon be joined by a brother’s star closed wing.
Everything changed, according to several interviewees in the series, after Dennis Hernández died unexpectedly in 2006 while undergoing hernia surgery.
“Once his father passed away,” says the sheriff in charge of the Bristol jail, “[Hernandez] basically lost the ballast that kept it going. ”
A childhood friend and soccer teammate, Steven Ziogas, tells us that Dennis Hernández was “that rock, someone who can establish that base of values to make sure he’s going to be a good man, a good father and a good member of the community. ” “With his death, Ziogas says:” Now everything is gone. ”
However, Dennis Hernández was not always a positive role model, according to “Killer Inside.”
DJ Hernández is seen saying that his father had problems with alcohol and “if it wasn’t a good day, you felt it.”
In a phone call to Tanya Singleton, a cousin with whom she was very close, Hernandez describes her father as a good man who possessed a wild side. He also says that his father’s relationship was that his mother was destructive, suggesting that old Hernandez put her “in hell.”
Still, Hernandez and his father are described as very close by another childhood friend, Kristen St. John. She says she thought at the time of the father’s death, “This is not good. Aaron is not going to take this well at all.”
San Juan described the period around Dennis Hernández’s death as “the turning point of everything in Aaron’s life.”
Hernandez, stunning his family, decided to shake U-Conn. and his home state completely not long after, to play football at the University of Florida, where coach Urban Meyer had built a powerful program.
He told his mother in a phone call from prison: “You were screwed all my life.”
If Hernandez knew very well that her father could be cruel to her mother, she hardly left her alone because of her problems.
In a call from jail, he says: “I don’t despise you, and you screwed up all my life.” When she protests, he exclaims: “You did it! But I forgave you, and it’s over.”
I wasn’t done in that exchange. Hernandez continued to exclaim to his mother: “I was the happiest child in the world, and you screwed me.” And I just lost my father, and I had to go to college. And he had no one.
“What the hell did you think I was going to do, become a perfect angel?”
Then Hernandez is heard telling his mother: “Oh my God, if I were with you now, I would probably have hit the [expletive] outside of you. You bring me to this level. ”
In another telephone conversation between the two, he explains that he doesn’t feel he can trust her and says: “You’re going to die without even knowing your son.” That’s the craziest thing. ”
After the 2013 season, he asked that it be changed from New England.
The request came shortly after Hernandez allegedly shot Alexander Bradley, a partner in the crime, both literally and figuratively in the face. It was also several months after the double murder for which he was finally prosecuted, and it was said that Hernandez was in a very high state of anxiety, if not absolute paranoia.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick rejected the request even though Hernandez said he had some concerns about his family’s safety, but the team suggested some additional security measures and helped Hernandez find an apartment.
Tim San Soucie expresses annoyance in the NFL series for helping Hernandez find other housing arrangements that he considered secret to some extent.
“Now the guy has a house, why do you need another apartment?” Says SanSoucie. And why do you help him get it? Did you think I was going to paint Bob Ross paintings there?
Robert Kraft’s testimony helped convince the jury of his guilt.
During Hernandez’s trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, his fiancée’s sister’s boyfriend, the owner of the Patriots took the position to divulge what he discussed with the tight end shortly after Hernandez was related to Lloyd’s death .
“I understood that an incident had occurred, and I wanted to know if I was involved, and if I was, any player that joins our team considers me part of our extended family, and I wanted to get their help.” Kraft said of Hernandez. “He said he was not involved, that he was innocent and that he expected the moment of murder to come out, because I think he said he was in a club.”
Hernandez’s comments, as Kraft transmitted them, suggested that the tight end already had an idea of the time of the murder, and at least some jurors took note. There was also a mountain of other evidence that, at least, placed Hernandez at the scene of the crime, including a blunt full of marijuana that was linked to his DNA.
He told a former NFL teammate that all the players they needed were “grass and Toradol”
“That’s all you need, baby!” Hernandez told former Florida teammate Mike Pouncey, then with the Dolphins, at the time of his recorded telephone exchange.
“I tell you, brother, that all Toradols are canceling,” Pouncey replies, referring to a notoriously prescribed pain reliever for years by NFL teams. “They don’t want to give you more Toradol injections.”
“If the players want it, man,” says Hernandez, “they are getting it.”
At another time in the series, Jenkins is heard in a phone call that tells his fiance: “All those drugs they shoot at, and tell them to go out and play. ‘Play with your pain. Come on! Come on!'”
“Do you know what madness is?” Hernandez responds. “They banned that [expletive] from the league, saying you can only take it if you have a serious injury or something. … Guess who was given that? [expletive] to each [expletive] game? I.”
Hernandez also tells Jenkins in the series: “Honestly, my body is so screwed.” Only from football, do you know what I mean?
After his suicide, his defense lawyer thought: “We have to get that brain.”
Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell in 2017, despite being acquitted four days earlier for the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, two strangers who, according to Massachusetts prosecutors, were shot in a confinement in 2012 after of a brief altercation with the Patriots player at A Boston club.
The defense lawyer, José Báez, said one day after the suicide that Hernández’s family would donate the brain of the tight wing for study by researchers at Boston University. That prompted assistant district attorney Patrick Haggan to dismiss it in his mind as “just a publicity stunt of some sort,” he says in the series, but admits that “I couldn’t have been more wrong when I saw the results of his CTE.” ”
Ann McKee of Boston University is seen saying at a press conference that Hernandez had an unusually extensive deterioration in his frontal lobes, which are critical to the trial and decision-making.
“This would be the first case we have seen,” he said at the time, “of that kind of harm in such a young individual.”
Former Patriots teammate and tight-wing teammate Jermaine Wiggins makes it clear that he is not ready to use CTE to explain Hernandez’s actions, calling that line of reasoning “an evasion.”
He jokingly asked his agent for a marketing deal with Smith & Wesson
Hernandez’s agent, Brian Murphy, is heard joking with the former player, now in jail, “I’m still trying to get marketing offers. It’s not that easy, man.”
While Hernandez laughs, Murphy continues: “I spoke with Nike the other day. They said it was really difficult to put Nike swooshes in orange monkeys. ”
“Hey, can you get me a deal from Smith & Wesson?” Asks Hernandez. He laughs out loud when Murphy responds: “No, I can’t get you a deal from Smith & Wesson, you [expletive]. “