The newest true crime limited series on Netflix, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, examines the life and actions of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Following his conviction for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of his fiancée’s sister, in 2015, he was found hanging in his prison cell. But there is much more to the narrative, leading some to question why Aaron Hernandez committed suicide.
At the time of his death, he had recently been cleared of two other murders, and one of his suicide notes expressed hope for his acquittal in the murder of Lloyd. Regardless, his death was ruled an unambiguous suicide. Brain damage caused by many concussions and a lifetime of football may also account for Hernandez’s suicide and behaviour, as depicted in the Netflix series.
So, Why Did Aaron Hernandez Commit Suicide?
Before he was discovered hanging in his cell, Hernandez had not shown strong indications that he intended to commit himself. However, it may have played a significant role in his murder conviction. Not only had he not been placed on suicide watch, which is telling, but even when he spoke to his family and friends over the phone from prison, he was not in a depressed state.
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He had kept a portion of his identity. However, in the several messages he left behind, he addressed going to a better place and seeing his family in paradise.
As a result of several football-related injuries over the years, researchers at Boston University discovered that Aaron Hernandez’s brain exhibited certain symptoms of Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Angry, aggressive, and violent conduct are frequently associated with CTE. It may have been connected to his misdeeds and contributed to his suicidal emotions. CTE was never conclusively confirmed in relation to the case, so when it was brought up after his death, it was primarily speculation.
The Suicide of Hernandez Was Surprising Despite His Recent Conviction.
Hernandez was placed on suicide watch upon his initial arrest for the murder of Lloyd, as is customary for convicts in his situation. After his conviction, however, he was no longer regarded to be at risk of self-harm, therefore neither Hernandez’s cell exterior nor Hernandez’s cell interior were under constant surveillance. And because he occupied a cell alone rather than with a cellmate, the guards’ discovery of him was uncomplicated.
It was also stated that Hernandez smoked K2 just before his death. Hernandez’s probable sudden sentiments of despondency after being sentenced to life in prison without the chance of release, along with the narcotics in his system, could have prompted him to commit the heinous act on himself, even if no one had previously indicated he was at risk.
His Crime and Death Had Long-lasting Consequences.
Due to the protracted trial and permanent banishment from the Patriots, Aaron Hernandez forfeited the remaining millions of dollars from his NFL contract. The Patriots ProShop withdrew all memorabilia associated with Hernandez as a player, causing financial hardship for his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, and daughter. Jenkins even sued the NFL and Patriots, claiming it was their fault that Hernandez had committed suicide. However, she lost the case and has since moved on.
— Aaron Hernandez (@AaronHernandez) September 5, 2021
There is little doubt that Hernandez’s actions leading up to and following his death had a severe influence on countless people, including Lloyd’s family. And despite the fact that the matter has been resolved, the Netflix limited series intends to provide insight on the how and why of the situation.
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez is currently available to stream on Netflix.