Aaron Hernandez’s downfall from football star to convicted murderer is one of the most notorious cases to emerge from not just the NFL, but the sports world at large.
In 2015, the former New England Patriots tight end was convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was the boyfriend of Hernandez’s fiancée’s sister.
Two years later, the 27-year-old Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell, days after he was acquitted of a separate double homicide.
Netflix’s “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” explores the tumultuous life of the football player, investigating the forces in his life that might have driven him to violence.
Weaving together news footage, trial footage, interviews with friends and former teammates, and recordings of phone calls that Hernandez made from prison, the three-part series argues that several factors contributed to Hernandez’s behavior.
Chief among them were a troubled home life, the unexpected death of his domineering father, and, according to some who knew him, pressure to conceal that he was allegedly gay.
Following Hernandez’s death, a study of his brain found that he suffered from the worst case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) doctors had found in a person his age.
“Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” is available now on Netflix.
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