Aaron Hernandez’s brief, yet tumultuous life and his untimely, highly publicized death are a true American tragedy. Hernandez, born November 6, 1989, had an existence full of potential. He was an All-American at the University of Florida and was a member of a BCS National Championship team. Out of college, he was drafted to the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. But behind the prosperous exterior hid a troubled personal life. In June of 2013, Hernandez was arrested for murdering Odin Lloyd, the man dating Aaron’s fiancee’s sister. He was released by the Patriots and was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Then he was also indicted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Hernandez fought this charge and was acquitted on April 14th, 2017. Hernandez seemed invigorated and happy by the ruling and his family and legal team made it known he planned to appeal his previous conviction. Then, seemingly without any sort of warning, things took a lethal turn.
On the morning of April 19, 2017, Aaron Hernandez was found hanging in his jail cell. Hernandez was ruled dead on the scene and the cause was an apparent suicide. Anytime someone dies unexpectedly the aftermath is usually chaos. This chaos is multiplied exponentially when the deceased was a celebrity and the situation surrounding the death is fret with questions. Make no mistake, there are few definite answers surrounding the questions in Aaron Hernandez’s apparent suicide. All we can do is piece together the circumstances surrounding his death with the scant details available. And those details are absolutely chilling.
15 He Hanged Himself Using A Bed Sheet Attached To A Cell Window
Early in the morning, around 8 am, on April 19, 2017, guards at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center arrived at Aaron Hernandez’s jail cell to perform a routine check. They found him hanging from the bars of his jail cell window. His bedsheets, made into a noose, and wrapped tightly around the former tight end’s neck. The last time Hernandez had been checked on and seen alive was 3:03 am, earlier that morning. Did Hernandez already know at that time he would take his own life? Even if he had decided to end it all, had he thought about the method he would use? He was all alone in his jail cell. Just him, his bed, a few personal items, and a toilet. The only exposure to a world other than the cell was his window where he could see outside, and his bed, where he could dream of a different life. Those very sheets had taken him off to his dreams allowing him to escape to an imagined reality where things were different. And ultimately, it was those sheets that allowed him, in his own way, to escape.
14 He Jammed His Cell Door With Cardboard
Sometime between the hours of 3:03 am and 8 am on April 19, 2017, when Aaron Hernandez began the process of ending his life, he decided to take several precautions to make sure his suicide would be successful. When prison officials arrived outside of Hernandez’s cell for a regular check-in but instead found him hanging, they sprang into action. Officers tried to open the cell door, but it was jammed. Hernandez had jammed objects, most likely pieces of cardboard, into the door to prevent anyone from saving his life. It is not clear how successful his attempt at subterfuge was. Prison officials have not said how long it took to open the door, nor how difficult it was. It is reported that Hernandez was found already dead. Could he have been hanging on, barely alive, and seen officials arrive to try and save him? Did the door jam provide him the time needed for him to extinguish his life? We will never know for sure.
13 John 3:16 Was Written Across His Forehead In Blood Red Marker
When a person commits to ending their life, they may have several things they hope to accomplish. First and foremost, they have decided that their life is not worth living. But they also may wish to get across a message to those of us still living. The message is told in many ways: with a suicide note, the method of suicide, objects left out for people to find, even the scene itself. The message Aaron Hernandez wished to convey to us is unclear. But it seems certain that his final moments were spent obsessing over a particular Bible verse. John 3:16 states “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 was written on Aaron Hernandez’s forehead in blood red marker. Why was he infatuated so much with this verse that he died with it literally and figuratively with it on his mind?
12 John 3:16 Was Also Written On His Cell Wall
Not only was John 3:16 scrawled on Aaron Hernandez’s forehead with blood red marker, it also adorned the walls of his cell. Something in that verse was speaking to Hernandez. It is reported that he always was a religious man. During his time at the University Of Florida, Hernandez would sometimes spend his mornings reading the Bible with his then head coach, Urban Meyer. Bible and religious scholars contend that John 3:16 is about redemption. Humanity is sinful, they say, and unworthy of entering the kingdom of heaven. This Bible verse says that God gave his son, Jesus, to humanity so that he could die and be reborn, redeeming us of all of our sins. Did Hernandez feel he was redeemed after recently being declared not guilty of murder? Or was he guilt-ridden? Did he feel he was unworthy of life and this bible verse was his way of asking for forgiveness?
11 A Bible Was Open To The Page Containing John 3:16
Yep, this guy was definitely obsessed. Not only was John 3:16 written on Aaron Hernandez’s forehead and drawn on his cell walls, he left out his personal Bible, open to the page containing that verse. How did this go down? What order did Hernandez do his pre-death ritual in? Was he reading his Bible when he happened upon the verse, then wrote it on the walls, then tagged his own forehead? Or was all of this the plan all along? Was this his favorite verse and he decided to hit his final witnesses overhead with its message of forgiveness? The Bible that served him and helped him pass the time while alone in his cell was also the tool he chose to deliver his final message on his guilt. Of all the questions his John 3:16 obsession raises, the biggest one is how legibly was he able to write on his own forehead?
10 He Covered His Cell Floor In Soap
As the details continue to emerge, one thing above all else is certain: Aaron Hernandez wanted to die. Death is a scary thing and when staring it down, face to face, even the bravest among us is at risk of backing down and grasping at life. Aaron Hernandez must have known that instinctive will to live would be in his nature, so he took every precaution to ensure that once his march to death started, there would be no way he could change his mind and choose to retreat. The cardboard would jam his cell door, ensuring help would be too late. The sheets would form the noose he would place around his neck, tying the other end to the bars in his window. The window in a jail cell must not be very high, so a person hoping to use it to hang will have to pull drop their legs out from under them. It is feasible that if you stood up and regained balance you could cease the strangulation. Hernandez eliminated this option by using soap and water to make the floor of his cell as slippery as possible. Even if he wanted to stop the suicide, he would not be able too. His feet would slip and slide as the noose around his neck tightened. He was determined to die.
9 He May Have Smoked Synthetic Marijuana The Previous Night
An autopsy performed on the body of Aaron Hernandez may have confirmed that the former football star had traces of synthetic marijuana in his body. Some sources have said Hernandez tested positive for the drug during a kidney fluid screening, although new reports claim Hernandez had no drugs present in his system. Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 and Spice, is one of the most unstable and potentially dangerous drugs making the rounds today. It is believed that it’s possible to smuggle synthetic weed into prison utilizing the mail system. Corners of paper can be dipped into the drug in liquid form, and once the paper makes it inside the prison, it can be used later. Officials are still unsure how this batch made it inside the prison walls and they are currently conducting a full scale search of the prison to detect any more contraband. Could the K2 in Hernandez’s system have been partially responsible for his suicide? It is possible for users under the drug’s influence to act outside of their normal behavior. How much it contributed is up for debate.
8 He Had Given Away Most Of His Belongings To Fellow Inmates
Aaron Hernandez's graphic death caught everyone by surprise. After all, he had just been acquitted of a double murder only five days earlier, why would he decide to kill himself now? His attorneys and his family both maintain that there were no signs that suicide may have been on his mind. Also, prison officials at first said they saw no signs of suicidal thoughts either. But, as the facts came in and more details emerged, it has become apparent that Hernandez may have been planning his suicide for several weeks. It is believed that Hernandez had been giving away almost all of his belongings to his fellow inmates over the last few weeks. This seems like unusual behavior, but evidently no prisoners alerted officials to this potential red flag.If you were a prisoner and you heard an ex-football star was giving away everything he had, would you report this suspicious behavior to a guard or get in line for some free stuff? It appears everyone chose stuff.
7 He Left Behind Three Suicide Notes
In the first few confusing hours right after Aaron Hernandez’s death, officials said there was no suicide note. Then, a few hours later, details emerged that he had in fact left behind three different suicide notes addressed to three different people. It is unknown whether the notes were hidden and had yet to be found when it was said no note existed, or if the wrong information had simply gone out. In either case, it is now clear that Aaron took some serious time, before ending his life, to put his thoughts down on paper for three different audiences. The first suicide note was reportedly addressed to his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez. The second was written to his daughter, Avielle Janelle Hernandez. The intended recipient of the third suicide note was, at first, unknown, but has now become the source of a serious debate. Over the last few days, different parties have said different things as to whom was supposed to receive the note. There are now two possibilities.
6 The 3rd Suicide Note May Have Been To His Prison Lover
The big bombshell that came in the days after Aaron Hernandez's suicide was that one of the suicide notes was written to his prison lover. The man that claims to be Hernandez’s lover is 22 year-old Kyle Kennedy. Kennedy’ s lawyer, Lawrence Army Jr., the managing partner of Boston law firm Army & Roche, says that his client claims that Hernandez actually requested to the prison that Kennedy be his cellmate. Supposedly, the request was at first approved, until Souza-Baranowski Correction Center ultimately changed their minds. Kennedy is serving time for heroin trafficking and armed robbery. It is believed that Kennedy was the last person to see Hernandez alive. Kennedy even claims that Hernandez gave him a $50,000 watch along with other property. Kennedy was said to be put on suicide watch immediately after he heard the news of the suicide. It is believed that Kennedy has recently rejoined the general prison population.
5 The 3rd Suicide Note May Have Been To His Attorney
Almost as soon as word got out that Aaron Hernandez’s third suicide note may have been addressed to his prison lover, people stepped in to proclaim the theory false. It is now speculated that the letter may have been to his legal representatives. Hernandez’s trusted attorney, Jose Baez, was quick to shut the prison boyfriend speculation down. When asked about 22 year-old “close friend” of Hernandez, Baez dismissively said, “Our team is doing serious legal work, we don’t have the time to stop our efforts and respond to every convicted felon that has something to say about Aaron Hernandez.” He went on, “Quite frankly, I’m surprised more inmates have not come forward to try and make money off the tabloids.” Later, Baez made an even more blunt statement soon after, "Rumors of letters to a gay lover, in or out of prison, are false. These are malicious leaks used to tarnish someone who is dead."
4 His Brain Will Be Donated To Be Studied For CTE
Aaron Hernandez’s family wishes to donate the former New England Patriot’s brain to Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center. Hernandez’s family at first had accused officials of refusing to release his brain, even though they had already turned over the rest of his body to a funeral home. It is hoped that by studying Hernandez’s brain, scientists may gain insight into CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is a progressive degenerative disease found in people who have had repeated blows to the head, such as football players, boxers, and wrestlers among others. The late stages of a serious CTE diagnosis may include memory loss, social instability, erratic behavior, and poor judgment. If Hernandez was, in fact, suffering from the disease, it may provide some comfort to his family that he was not acting as his true self. Other athletes that have agreed to donate their brains to CTE research include Frank Gifford, Ken Stabler, and Brandi Chastain, among others.
3 His Ex Agent Says There Is No Chance He Took His Own Life
Any time tragedy strikes, it is almost inevitable that it will inspire some sort of conspiracy theory. So far, the main conspiracy theory to emerge from Aaron Hernandez’s tragic suicide is that, get this, it was not a suicide. Hernandez's former sports agent, Brian Murphy, went on a brief Twitter rant where he proclaimed, “Absolutely no chance he took his own life. Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life.” Murphy was not alone in his denial of the generally accepted suicide ruling. Hernandez’s attorney, Jose Baez, says “This could be a murder either by inmates or the folks who run the prison.” No exact theories as to the true cause of Aaron Hernandez's death have been put forth by those slinging conspiracies about. If the murder theory gains any sort of traction, there is no doubt the soon the Illuminati and a reptilian race of lizard people will soon be involved.
2 He Wrote Illuminati On His Cell Wall In Blood
Speaking of conspiracy theories, here's the Illuminati! The Illuminati seem to rush in to make an appearance every time there is a high profile death, and Aaron Hernandez is no exception. It is getting harder to separate fact from fiction at this point. Every day, new information comes forth and then the next day new info is released that disproves the previous day's info. The latest is that Aaron Hernandez drew on his cell walls using blood. One of the drawings was supposedly an unfinished pyramid and the all-seeing eye of God, just like the one featured on the back of the good ole dollar bill. And, he didn't stop there. It is now being reported that Hernandez actually wrote the word "Illuminati" on the wall in blood as well. Usually these Illuminati guys don't make things so obvious and hit you over the head with it, but as every aspect of this suicide has shown, subtlety is not exactly Aaron Hernandez's forte.
1 His Death Came On The Day The Patriots Visited The White House
Aaron Josef Hernandez committed suicide in his jail cell on April 19, 2017, between the hours of 3:03 am and 8 am. Later on that very same day, his former NFL team, the New England Patriots were scheduled to visit the White House to celebrate their come-from-behind victory in Super Bowl LI. The former tight end’s unexpected death no doubt cast an eerie pall over the celebratory proceedings. Star quarterback Tom Brady was among several players who declined to attend the event in light of the tragic events of the day. Many other players had already made their intentions known to boycott the event due to former reality show host turned president Donald Trump being in the White House. This was the fifth White House visit for the Patriots since 2002. This visit was also the most sparsely attended by far. Each absent play had their own reasons for missing, but the two biggest factor were most likely Hernandez’s early morning suicide, and players not wanting to be associated with the crude, erratic, and extremely unpopular president.
Sources: nesn.com, tmz.com, nypost.com, newsweek.com, nbcsports.com