“Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” Netflix Documentary Review

Brenna Filbey, Co-Editor-in-Chief

After binge watching the entire three-episode series, I was in a mix of slight shock and intrigue. This documentary is so interesting, and everything is done very professionally. The inside look at what happened with this football player is laid out in an easy to follow way, with the show outlining a timeline of all the events that led to the murders.

   This documentary isn’t normally something I would watch, but it was very interesting to learn about the football community and take an inside look into this player’s life. To preface, Aaron Hernandez was an NFL football player who played for the team the New England Patriots. He gained fame after scoring a touchdown during the Superbowl. He was engaged to be married to Shayanna Jenkins with whom he had a daughter. 

   To help the audience better understand everything, the producers and crew covered basically everything they needed to get “the full story” and have it make sense to the viewer. I found it particularly interesting when the topic of Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was brought up. CTE is a neuro-degenerative disease that is caused by repeated head injuries such as concussions. CTE symptoms often worsen over time, and can affect thinking, mood and behavior. This disease often results in dementia, and many cases have been found where the person ends up committing suicide. During the show, the interviews cover a number of things that could be the “why” factor in the murders which is what the police are missing, one of them being CTE. There are multiple brain scans shown in which they compare a regular brain to Aaron Herandez’s brain which clearly shows progressive CTE in Aaron’s. So while the police officers are convinced he is guilty of all three murders (and several other incidents), CTE could explain this irrational behavior.

   However, the documentary still leaves two questions: Is Aaron Hernandez a murderer? And WHY? To help you decide, I strongly recommend this five out of five star documentary.