“How can an individual who has everything, get involved in something like this?”
That’s the big question behind Netflix’s latest docuseries, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. The three-part documentary details the late NFL player’s fall from grace and the murder case that dominated news around the world. Featuring exclusive courtroom footage, Hernandez’s phone calls from prison, and interviews with those who knew him, Killer Inside delves into the “perfect storm of factors” that led to the trial, conviction, and death of the athlete.
Hernandez became a household name when he was drafted into the National Football League at the age of 20. Then in 2013, soon after signing a five-year, $40 million contract with the New England Patriots, Hernandez became entangled in a murder trial that’s been said to be the most infamous murder case involving an American athlete since OJ Simpson. Hernandez’s trials for the brutal murders of Odin Lloyd and two Boston-area men revealed an abusive homelife, association with gangs, and a history of violent behavior that resulted in his ultimate imprisonment. Though he was eventually acquitted of the double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, Hernandez was sentenced to life for the killing of Lloyd, who had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. The former New England Patriots player was serving his life sentence when he died by suicide in his prison cell in 2017.
Killer Inside reveals the intricacies of Hernandez’s tumultuous history and subsequent death, as well as the fallout from his crimes. “This isn’t just the Aaron Hernandez story,” a voice in the trailer says. “There were a lot of lives affected by this guy.” Watch the released footage before the Jan. 15 premiere of the docuseries.