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Netflix's 'Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez' In Emmys Contention; Director Opens Up

Killer Inside explores how Hernandez grew up in an abusive household, dominated by an alcoholic and homophobic father.

2020-05-25T17:47:00Z

Courtesy : The Nevada Sagebrush

Recently released docuseries, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez has managed to attain a lot of praise and acclaim too.

The story of Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots star turned convicted murderer, always comes down to why.

Why would Hernandez kill his friend Odin Lloyd, when he was on top of the world after signing a $40 million contract extension with the Patriots? By what means did he avoid accountability for violent outbursts dating back to his college days? How could a person described at times as fun-loving, sensitive and vulnerable flip to homicidal aggression?

Possible answers to those questions emerge in the Netflix documentary series Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, directed by Geno McDermott. The series, told in three parts, is now in contention for Emmy nominations.

“I think he was living a double life,” McDermott says of Hernandez. “He was able to, during the day, be an amazing athlete, amazing football player. He was able to fold into the Patriots organization. Then at night he was able to switch over into this dark side and completely change. It’s just amazing he was able to get through life like that.”

Killer Inside explores how Hernandez grew up in an abusive household, dominated by an alcoholic and homophobic father. Aaron may have been gay, but may have kept that hidden not only given his dad but the hyper-masculine world of football.

Hernandez excelled at the punishing sport and became an All-American at the University of Florida, a key part of a national championship squad.

“With Aaron, I think you had someone for years who was probably committing crimes,” notes the director. “There was a lot of him suspected of committing a lot of crimes and getting away with them because he was an [all-star] athlete.”

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