Aaron Hernandez was an unbelievable expertise on the soccer discipline. On the College of Florida, he received a Championship. As a member of the New England Patriots, he performed within the Tremendous Bowl. Solely eight years after that win, we ought to be speaking about his profession, however the Netflix documentary launching at present about Aaron Hernandez just isn’t fully about soccer as a result of Aaron Hernandez was additionally a assassin. Convicted of killing Odin Lloyd in 2013 and accused of killing two different males in 2012, Aaron Hernandez was a ticking time bomb who simply occurred to be enjoying the preferred sport on this planet. If authorities are to be believed, he killed two males after an incident at a bar, acquired away with it, and then was on the world’s greatest tremendous stage on the Tremendous Bowl. After which went again and killed once more. How does somebody who appears to have all of it go so incorrect? How can an ethical code be so destroyed that somebody who ought to be a optimistic drive on this planet turns into a convicted assassin? The reality is that there aren’t any easy solutions to questions like these however “Killer Inside: The Thoughts of Aaron Hernandez” tries to color an even bigger image of an American tragedy.
Reducing forwards and backwards between the trial of Aaron Hernandez for the homicide of Odin Lloyd, interviews with individuals who knew Hernandez, and a chronological take a look at his upbringing and early profession, “Killer Inside” can really feel a bit scattershot at instances. Simply because it appears to be digging somewhat deeper into one side of this story, it strikes on to a different one, however the three episodes obtain a cumulative energy. It appears seemingly that the creators of “Killer Inside” know that no single factor that may be pointed to as trigger and impact within the lifetime of Aaron Hernandez, and they also spend time on quite a lot of topics, all of which arguably had an influence.
One, Hernandez’s very strict father died when he was 16, and that left the younger man rudderless. A 12 months later, he was on the sphere taking out his aggression and smoking weed by means of most of his faculty years. Two, he acquired away with no matter he wished at Florida, together with punching a bartender who simply wished the native famous person to pay his invoice. One of many extra attention-grabbing threads of “Killer Inside” is the suggestion that this type of privilege fomented a perception that Hernandez might do something he wished. Three, the story that Aaron Hernandez was a closeted gay is given a substantial amount of display screen time, together with interviews with a former teammate who additionally claims to be a former lover. It not solely provides weight to the idea that Lloyd was killed as a result of he found the reality about Hernandez’s sexuality however that the Patriot was emotionally broken by having to maintain such a secret. And, after all, “Killer Inside” finally will get to CTE, and the truth that Hernandez’s mind was extra broken than anybody’s ought to be at his age, maybe destroying his impulse management and ethical heart.
“Killer Inside” walks a really wonderful line in relation to excusing and forgiving Hernandez’s habits. The producers correctly return to the Lloyd household usually, reminding us that none of those “causes” forgive homicide. “Killer Inside” will get sharpest when it interrogates the tradition of soccer and even the Patriots particularly, significantly within the revelation that the administration acquired Hernandez his personal condo, one wherein he principally smoked weed all day and prevented his household—two issues that seemingly didn’t assist his decline. I needed that “Killer Inside” took goal a bit extra at a sport that, although I find it irresistible and watch it, fails folks like Aaron Hernandez, a person who clearly wanted extra assist than those that made cash off him at Florida and in New England had been keen to present. It’s telling that nobody from both group seems on digital camera, though we do see Patriots CEO Robert Kraft and former teammate Rob Gronkowski in evasive interviews. I’d love to listen to what these folks actually knew and considered Aaron Hernandez, and in the event that they suspected he was a slow-motion automobile crash that they only couldn’t cease.
Finally, after three hours of this story, I’m unsure how a lot I do know concerning the “thoughts” of Aaron Hernandez past that it selected to take one other life. Though maybe the lesson right here is that that’s all we are going to ever actually be capable of know.
Complete sequence screened for evaluate.