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Was Aaron Hernandez Murdered? An Exploration of the Popular Conspiracy Theory


The new Netflix docuseries, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, addresses a number of different reports/rumors about the pro football player-turned-murderer, but it doesn’t really touch on one of the main conspiracy theories surrounding the 27-year-old’s death, which is: Was Aaron Hernandez murdered?

Instead, the three-part documentary focuses largely on the athlete’s sexuality and his advanced CTE diagnosis. But is there any truth to speculation that Aaron didn’t kill himself in prison? Let’s look at the facts.

Evidence contradicting the conspiracy that Aaron Hernandez was murdered.

Nearly three years after his death, it is widely accepted that the former Patriots tight end committed suicide by hanging himself with bed sheets in his prison cell, which was confirmed by the medical examiner. Three suicide notes were also discovered in Aaron’s possession, suggesting the act was premeditated.

In a letter to his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, the convicted killer wrote, "You have always been my soul-mate and I want you to love life and know I'm always with you. I told you what was coming indirectly!"