BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A new Netflix three-part documentary series about Aaron Hernandez premiered Wednesday. It takes an in depth look at the life and death of the former Patriots star and includes several audio recordings from his time in jail.
The series is titled "Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez." Netflix's website describes it as a docuseries that "examines how Aaron Hernandez went from an NFL star to a convicted killer."
The documentary includes archival footage of Hernandez from the days on his high school team in Bristol, Connecticut. It also shows Patriot's owner Robert Kraft kissing Hernandez on the cheek after awarding him a $41 million contract, unaware that two innocent men has been fatally shot from a car occupied by Hernandez just a few weeks earlier.
The series features emotional phone recordings between Hernandez and his mother, his former teammates, his agent, and with fiancee Shayanna Jenkins. The conversations range from Hernandez seeming content, saying "I love my cell - it's so cozy," to an emotional discussion with his mother where he berates her for starting a relationship with his cousin's husband shortly after his father died.
The documentary also looks at the potential impact of brain injuries sustained playing football on Hernandez's behavior. After he died by suicide in jail in 2017 at the age of 27, researchers found Hernandez had the worst case of football-related Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) ever diagnosed in someone his age.
The directors included archived news interviews showing Kraft downplaying the dangers of CTE after Hernandez's death, with Kraft recommending "every mother out there who wants her son to group up special, that they play too."
The complete series "Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez" is now available on Netflix.