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Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez is an American true-crime documentary directed by Geno McDermott and Terry Leonard which examining what led to the murderous falls and shocking death of former NFL superstar Aaron Hernandez. The three-part documentary series begins airing Wednesday, January 15 on Netflix.

We can defeat the devil inside us when we know how bad the devil is, so it is important to understand the existence of ourselves rather than ending it all. Hernandez was a rising star in New England before being arrested and convicted in the 2013 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, the lover of Hernandez’s fiance’s sister. He was also charged in South End Double Murder but was acquitted in 2017. A few days after being acquitted, the 27-year-old killed himself in his prison cell.

After his death, his brain was studied, revealing that he had stage-three Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease found in Football League players after they’ve suffered too many blows to the head. If we only rely on the findings of medical analysis, then this series is not a completely true-crime documentary but studying Hernandez’s life reveals that he had suffered domestic violence in his childhood which motivated him to gain name, fame, and power at an early age. The US is in one of the countries where gun culture and drug addiction have become a matter of pride for some, we found that Hernandez was also inspired by them.

Netflix’s official description of the docuseries reads, “As a gifted young football athlete from Bristol, Connecticut, Aaron Hernandez had capitalized rapidly on his promise, playing for a top tier college program before being drafted into the National Football League at the age of 20. But in 2013, fresh off of a newly inked five-year, $40 million contracts with the New England Patriots, Hernandez would become a household name for the most infamous murder case involving an American athlete since OJ Simpson. Hernandez’s trials for the brutal killing of Odin Lloyd and two Boston-area men yielded a Pandora’s box of secrets: a tumultuous and often abusive upbringing, a growing fascination with gang life, and other discoveries that painted a maelstrom of motivations behind his violent behavior. A three-part documentary series featuring exclusive courtroom footage, Hernandez’s phone calls from prison, and interviews with those who knew Hernandez and Lloyd, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez meticulously examines the perfect storm of factors leading to the trial, conviction, and death of an athlete who seemingly had it all.”

Transcripts the Bristol County sheriff released last year of more than 900 jailhouse telephone conversations Hernandez had with family and friends showed he expected to be released from jail and resume his football career shortly after his arrest for Lloyd’s killing.  A state police report of the investigation into Hernandez’s death said the player wrote “John 3:16,” a reference to a Bible verse, in ink on his forehead and 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.”

Aaron Hernandez’s prison lover Kyle Kennedy was another tough guy a 22-year-old who raced motocross, built cycles and was convicted of knife-point robbery has claimed “[Aaron] always used to tell me he had four murders. He would just always, all the time joke around saying ‘I got four bodies,’” It’s likely we won’t find out the identity of the fourth victim, but the documentary could shed some light on why Hernandez committed the crimes that would ultimately cost him his life.

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Netflix has published a teaser on December 20 opens with chilling audio of a collect call Hernandez made to his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins. Hernandez can be heard saying: “My whole body’s shaking right now.” Jenkins asks, “What happened?” and Hernandez responds: “You know my temper.”

Along with the teaser a short description has given, “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. From the studio that brought you Making a Murderer and Evil Genius, witness the rise and fall of the infamous athlete Aaron Hernandez. How can someone who had everything throw it all away? Via interviews with friends, players, and insiders, this docuseries examines how Aaron Hernandez went from an NFL star to a convicted killer.” Check out the chilling teaser above.

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