Aaron Hernandez documentary breakdown: The most gripping details from Netflix’s ‘Killer Inside’

first_imgThe final episode focuses more on Hernandez’s case and the trial where he was found guilty of murder in the first degree for the death of Odin Lloyd. Alexander Bradley, who alleges Hernandez shot him in the face and left him to die, was a key character throughout this episode. In addition to Armstrong and Wetzel, the documentary spoke to a number of people who interacted with Hernandez. From those who knew him personally, such as former Patriots teammates Leigh Bodden, Ryan O’Callaghan and Jermaine Wiggins, to those who were involved in his criminal cases, such as attorneys and criminal experts.You will also hear from Hernandez himself plenty — an area where the documentary shines. The documentary includes personal conversations from prison Hernandez has with family members and close friends. One phone call that really stands out is a conversation Hernandez had with his mother, Terri.MORE: What to know about the Aaron Hernandez Netflix documentary“You f—ed my whole life up,” Hernandez tells his mother. “I was the happiest f—ing little kid in the world, and you f—ed me up. And I just lost my father. And I had to go to college. And I had nobody. What the f— did you think I was going to do? Become a perfect angel? Oh my God, if I was with you right now, I would’ve probably punched the s— out you, like I don’t even know why you bring me to this level.”Another conversation with fiancee Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez talks about his life with the Patriots.“The Patriots, they’re just like, I don’t know, They just try to ruin all your fun ‘cause they want you to only be business, which is why they win, you know what I mean?” Hernandez says.Jenkins responds, “I don’t know you say that [Bill] Belichick is like, the worst coach.”Aside from these personal quotes, there isn’t a whole lot you’re going to gain from this documentary if you already know a lot of the details from media coverage of Hernandez’s life in recent years. It’s a well-made documentary that packages everything together nicely, but don’t expect any brand new theories or evidence to arise from this series.Below is a brief summary of what you can expect from the three episodes on Netflix.TIMELINE: A look at Aaron Hernandez’s life, from murders and trials to prison suicideEpisode 1 “His entire life began to unravel at that point,” Hernandez’s lawyer Jose Baez says about Bradley’s allegations.Baez says Hernandez started to fear for his life because of Bradley, and started to hang out with Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz (two others arrested in the death of Lloyd) around this time. Baez says Wallace and Ortiz were “not [Hernandez’s] friends of choice, they were a means to an end.”In addition to the two trials, this episode also focuses on Hernandez’s suicide in prison and the stories that came out as a result, such as rumors about his sexuality. The first episode briefly goes over the killing of Odin Lloyd, the case in which Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder. It mostly covers Hernandez the person and speaks with people who knew him closely. For example, a high school football teammate, Dennis SanSoucie, speaks at length about the relationship he had with Hernandez.“You mean to tell me that the quarterback and the tight end, he’s gay? He sleeps with other men?” SanSoucie says in the documentary. “We had to hide what we were.”Former Patriots teammate Ryan O’Callaghan, who was a closeted gay man during his time in the NFL, provided his thoughts on Hernandez’s sexuality.“A lot of gay guys go that route,” he said, referring to Hernandez having a girlfriend and kid. “They just haven’t been honest with their partner. It’s unfortunate and it’s sad the extremes that some people feel they have to go through just to try to hide.”The other major topic this episode and the series as a whole addresses is the death of Hernandez’s father, Dennis. Kristen St. John, a childhood friend and neighbor of Hernandez, “I have to say I think it was the turning point of everything in Aaron’s life,” referring to Dennis’ death. Without giving too many spoilers away, the documentary does a great job breaking down why his father’s death, and even his time alive, played a huge role in Hernandez’s actions.Episode 2 (Netflix) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9/8e/jail-cell-aaron-hernandez-ftr_1bl03blp9jo0r1x9sxw6mp4ggt.png?t=-1431677577&w=500&quality=80 (Netflix) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d9/6f/aaron-hernandez-netflix-killer-inside-ftr_11grv2i041lac19yw46tqivkef.png?t=-1431597577&w=500&quality=80 (Netflix) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2b/df/aaron-hernandez-documentary-ftr_1lqedqhah6p710wmvl32iimcn.png?t=-1431523073&w=500&quality=80 This episode focuses more on Hernandez’s life as a football star. Near the beginning it explains how the death of Hernandez’s father partially led to his decision to change his choice of college. Initially, he committed to play at UConn with his brother, DJ. But he ended up playing at Florida, and those who knew him said his attitude changed greatly once he was there.Several people interviewed said Hernandez got away with a lot of issues at Florida. The documentary discusses his alleged involvement in an assault of a bartender, his potential role in a double shooting in Gainesville and his rampant drug use (he did fail a drug test while at Florida).In a prison phone conversation with his fiancee, Hernandez discusses how his injuries were catching up to him.“My body broke, like in the morning people were like, ‘What the f— is wrong with you?’ I’m like a grandpa, like all my bones are sore, you know what I mean? My body’s so f—ed up, honestly,” Hernandez said. “Just from football, you know what I mean? … Know what’s crazy? They banned that s— (toradol) from the league saying you only could take it if you have a serious injury or something. Guess who they gave that s— to every f—ing game? Me.”Episode 3 Netflix released its anticipated documentary series “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” on Wednesday, covering details about the life, murder trials and suicide of the former Patriots tight end.The documentary was executively produced by two highly-respected sports journalists Kevin Armstrong and Dan Wetzel. Both are prominent throughout the three one-hour episodes and provide a deep depth of knowledge of both Hernandez the person and the trials that gripped America in 2015.last_img

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