Opinion: Killer Inside: The Mind Of Aaron Hernandez will break your heart

Anna Cornell '20, Staff Writer

Aaron Hernandez. Who is he? A week ago my answer was some celebrity who did committed a crime and killed himself in prison. A week ago I knew nothing, however after watching “Killer Inside: The Mind Of Aaron Hernandez” I can practically recite his entire life.
Hernandez was a wide receiver for the New England Patriots, yet his promising career was cut short due to criminal activity.
The three-part documentary series, released on Netflix in early January, combs through the history of the late professional football player while attempting to understand the motive and the moments leading up to the murder of Odin Lloyd in June of 2013.
Each episode is about an hour long, but it’s so captivating that binge watching all three in a row flew by. However, the events described are gut-wrenching and at times seemed dramatized because of how awful they were, tissues are a necessity in order to watch the series.
The episodes themselves follow the same pattern; they show footage from one of Hernandez’s trials and then visit his past to try to piece together everything that lead up to the event.
The footage was filmed without shaky hands, and the image quality was very professional which made the viewing experience quite enjoyable. Yet, the editing included many unnecessary close-up confessionals which seemed cheesy. My only other complaint about the docuseries is that the title did not fit the context of the series; the mind was not the main point, Hernandez and his past was. A more suitable title would’ve been, “Murders in The Making; The Story of Aaron Hernandez’s Troubled Past”.
As I’m reflecting, I am unable to tell whether I genuinely liked the docuseries, or if I was just too disturbed from what my eyes were seeing that I was incapable of turning off the TV. Pictures from his childhood were shown while narration provided the description, these scenes feel so real that I could imagine myself experiencing these events first hand, instead of through the screen.
If you want to be educated while simultaneously falling apart, then this docuseries is a must-watch. Aaron Hernandez’s story is a heartbreaking story because of all the pain he put others through. After watching this, my eyes have opened to the revelation of this knowledge. I would rate it a 9 out of 10 stars and recommend anyone to watch it if they can handle it.