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In death, Aaron Hernandez is suffering brutal fate as tabloid sideshow 05.24.17 at 12:41 pm ET
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Tawdry details about Aaron Hernandez's life and suicide continue to be released. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Tawdry details about Aaron Hernandez’s life and suicide continue to be released. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

When Aaron Hernandez was alive, he was viewed as a murderer who would likely spend the rest of his existence behind bars. But the disgraced ex-NFL star is suffering an even worse fate in death. He’s become a tabloid sideshow, with salacious details and rumors about his life getting leaked with little regard on seemingly a weekly basis.

It’s been more than one month since Hernandez hanged himself in his cell at Souza Baranowski Correction Center in Shirley, five days after he was acquitted of double-murder charges. Since then, an avalanche of documents pertaining to his time in prison have been released, painting the portrait of a tortured soul who frequently clashed with officials.

The revelations range from troubling to downright sad. One batch of records shows Hernandez racked up multiple serious offenses while he was incarcerated, including at least three for fighting and one for possessing a nearly six-inch metal shiv. Another set of prison documents recount an evening in which Hernandez devoured 20 honey buns from a mistaken jail commissary delivery, because he was so hungry. The former Patriots tight end also once ate a letter, so guards wouldn’t be able to read it.

All the while, sordid hearsay about Hernandez’s sexuality continue to circulate. Last month, Boston-based investigative reporter Michele McPhee said on Kirk & Callahan investigators were looking into Hernandez’s sexuality as a possible motive for the 2013 Odin Lloyd murder. According to McPhee, Hernandez was carrying out an intimate relationship with a male high school classmate, and Lloyd had knowledge of the romance.

Around the same time, the Daily Mail also started publishing stories about Hernandez’s alleged prison boyfriend. He was identified as Kyle Kennedy, a 22-year-old armed robber who reportedly had grown close to the one-time NFL star while they were imprisoned together. The story reached a fever pitch late last month when Kennedy’s lawyer held a press conference, claiming Hernandez left his client a $47,000 watch and addressed one of his three suicide notes to him. Lawrence F. Army Jr. didn’t address reports about the nature of their relationship, saying Kennedy would tell the story himself one day.

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Aaron Hernandez requested to bunk with inmate he called his ‘heart,’ prison letters show 05.21.17 at 11:44 am ET
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Aaron Hernandez requested to bunk with other inmates, according to verified prison letters. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez requested to bunk with other inmates, according to verified prison letters. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez requested multiple times to cell with other inmates he called his “brother” and “heart,” newly unearthed prison letters show.

The five letters, obtained by the Boston Globe, are written to the Inner Perimeter Security staff at Souza-Barnowski Correctional Facility in Shirley, where the disgraced ex-NFL star was serving a life sentence for the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting. In one of them, Hernandez explains why he wants to bunk with an inmate in another part of the prison. The man’s name is redacted.

“So, please make this happen and I even prefer to move in with (redacted); me and him are very close and have been since the streets and that’s FACT, not bulls–t,” the letter reads. “He’s my heart and like a real brother to me that’s why I want and am requesting to go upstairs and live with him.”

In another one, Hernandez says he wants to clear up “false gossip.” Specifics are redacted.

“I have been hearing from many or rather few thinking I’m (redacted) but that is false, people are always coming up with things that are incorrect. (redacted),” Hernandez wrote. “But a few have come up to me thinking that so it must have wrongly been circulating through false gossip.”

Hernandez was rumored to be carrying on a relationship with another inmate, Kyle Kennedy. In a press conference last month, Kennedy’s lawyer, Lawrence F. Army Jr., said the two men wanted to bunk together. Army wouldn’t address the nature of their relationship, however.

Prison officials found three letters in Hernandez’s cell after he had hanged himself in April. Army says one of them was addressed to Kennedy, but Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, said on Dr. Phil last week that isn’t the case. In the interview, Jenkins-Hernandez also denied the former Patriots tight end was gay or bisexual.

 

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Gisele opens up on marriage to Tom Brady; Former fellow Aaron Hernandez inmate trying to sell autographed note 05.17.17 at 9:46 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB
: Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 12 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: LA Dodgers at San Francisco, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN, NESN, WEEI)
NBA: Cleveland at Boston, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Gisele Bündchen sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose airing Wednesday on CBS This Morning and discussed her “wonderful” life with husband Tom Brady.

“He’s playing football. It’s a contact sport and a very aggressive sport. But he knows I will always support him. And I want him to be happy,” Gisele said. “And if that makes him happy, and he loves to do that, then I’m always gonna support him like I always have. So I want him to be happy and fulfilled.”

“You’ve changed him, and he’s changed you,” Rose said.

“Yeah, I think that’s what we’ve done,” Gisele said. “We do most of our growing in relationships because … they see all of us, right? All the sides of us … I think we have been growing and learning a lot from each other. You know, walkin’ this life with a partner where you can always grow and learn from, it’s wonderful.”

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Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee says he wasn’t gay: ‘It’s a crock of bull’ 05.16.17 at 12:57 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez's fiancee says he wasn't gay or bisexual. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee says he wasn’t gay or bisexual. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez wasn’t gay and didn’t pursue an intimate relationship with another inmate, his fiancee told Dr. Phil McGraw in part two of their interview, which airs Tuesday.

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, who expressed doubt Monday about Hernandez’s suicide and murder conviction, told McGraw her fiancee told her rumors about his sexuality weren’t true in a conversation prior to his death. She says she first heard about his possible bisexuality from his defense team.

“I had no indication or any feeling that he was [gay]”, she said. “He was very much a man to me. I don’t know where this came from.

“It’s embarrassing in a sense, it’s hurtful. Regardless if it was true or not, it’s just not something that I saw. It’s not something I believe and it’s not him.”

On Kirk & Callahan last month, investigative journalist Michele McPhee floated the possibility that Hernandez’s sexuality may have played a role in the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting. According to McPhee, law enforcement sources say the disgraced ex-NFL star was carrying on a relationship with a high school boyfriend. Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins-Hernandez’s sister, knew about the romance.

Shortly after Hernandez’s death, the Daily Mail reported Hernandez was dating another prisoner, Kyle Kennedy, at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, where he was serving a life sentence for the Lloyd murder. Kennedy’s lawyer held a press conference to address the story and said his client was close with the former Patriots tight end. Though Lawrence F. Army Jr. wouldn’t confirm they were romantically involved, he said Hernandez’s third suicide note was addressed to the 22-year-old Kennedy, who’s in prison for armed robbery. He also said Hernandez left Kennedy a $47,000 watch.

In her conversation with McGraw, Jenkins-Hernandez said the third note found in the prison cell next to Hernandez’s body was addressed to his defense team. She also said Hernandez and Kennedy weren’t close with each other, calling their rumored relationship a “crock of bull.”

“I don’t know who this Kyle Kennedy is. I’ve never heard of him, honestly. Aaron has never mentioned him,” she said.

When speaking with reporters last month, Kennedy’s lawyer also said Hernandez told his client he was thinking about “hanging it up” three weeks before authorities say he hanged himself in his cell. But Jenkins-Hernandez doubts that, too.

“If Kyle Kennedy was such a close friend, and Aaron was telling him he wanted to ‘hang it up,’ he would still be here because Kyle Kennedy should have, you know, poked that lightbulb in somebody’s head and been a true friend and stopped it,” she said. “I think it’s very foolish for a man, or his counsel, to come out and talk about a $50,000 watch when he has a child, and offer his condolences to his fiancée and his child but then asking for such things or saying such things. It’s not commendable.”

In part one of her interview, Jenkins-Hernandez questioned whether the suicide note addressed to her was forged. She reiterated those concerns in part two, focusing on the note purportedly left to the couple’s four-year-old daughter, Avielle.

“It did have her name on the top as normal. But as far as the content, very vague, very short, nothing seemed very personal, very loving of course, sensitive, but nothing personal,” she said.

Jenkins-Hernandez, who says she has a rocky relationship with Hernandez’s family and was frustrated with their absence at the double-murder trial, intends to raise their daughter herself. She said she allowed Avielle to say goodbye to her father and gave her half of a gold chain they put in his jacket pocket.

“I explained to her that daddy won’t call anymore, daddy won’t be able to talk. But she gets it, she gets it. And we talk about her emotions. I ask her how she feels, she’ll ask me how I feel. Some days she’s sad, some days she cries. I hope her and make sure she’s ok,” she said.

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On Dr. Phil, Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee expresses doubt about his suicide, murder conviction & reported gang ties 05.15.17 at 5:24 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez's fiancee says she doesn't think he committed suicide. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee says she doesn’t think he committed suicide. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee says she’s skeptical about the disgraced ex-NFL star’s suicide and whether he wrote the handwritten note found in his prison cell that was addressed to her. She also contends he didn’t kill Odin Lloyd in 2013.

In part one of her interview with Dr. Phil, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez said she thought it was a “hoax” when prison officials told her Hernandez had hanged himself. She said she was devastated when she heard the news, considering their last conversation was upbeat and positive.

“I don’t know what to believe, to be honest with you,” she said. “It’s just not the Aaron that I know. I think that if he would’ve done something like this, he would’ve been at his worst. It was looking so bright. We were going up a ladder, in a sense. I haven’t been able to grasp any of it yet.”

Though Jenkins-Hernandez said she doesn’t think her husband killed himself, she didn’t expound on alternative explanations for his death. When asked about the letter left to her, she explained why she harbors doubts about whether Hernandez had written it.

“I thought it was a note of love,” she said. “I did see that it was addressed to ‘Shay’ instead of ‘babe’ or ‘bae,’ the way he would refer [to me]. I thought that was a little odd to me. As far as the content, he seemed to be his loving self.

“It screamed love, but it wasn’t personal. It wasn’t intimate. There were some odd parts where it just didn’t make sense. It wasn’t clicking in my head as far as what he may have been thinking. It was very short. I wanted more. I wanted him to explain. I was very confused. I can read it over and over again, and I’m still at the same place where I read it. I don’t feel like there’s any progression.”

Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell April 19 at Souza Baranowski Correction Center in Shirley, five days after he was acquitted of double-murder charges. He was still serving a life sentence for the Lloyd shooting, but was appealing the verdict. A judge vacated his conviction last week, citing a seldom used Massachusetts law.

Jenkins-Hernandez admits her fiancee may have been in the “wrong place at the wrong time,” but says he wasn’t a gang member and didn’t commit murder. Then again, she also admitted that she didn’t ask many questions about his social life.

“Everyone has their own choice in friends. He didn’t have the best choice in some friends, but that doesn’t make him a bad person,” she said. “As far as the relationships he had with outsiders, I don’t necessarily know too much about that. I invited everyone into the home that he brought there. I was never rude.

“Honestly, I never hung around with them. So it’s more or less that you cook and make food for everyone. You make sure they’re comfortable. And then I would kind of go and do my own thing. I wouldn’t say I felt uncomfortable in my home. I separated myself.”

 

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Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee says she doesn’t think he killed himself 05.12.17 at 12:52 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez's fiancee says she doesn't think he killed himself last month. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee says she doesn’t think he killed himself last month. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee will appear on Dr. Phil next week. In the two-part interview, she casts doubt on the state’s ruling that the disgraced ex-NFL star committed suicide.

During an appearance Friday on NBC’s “Today,” Dr. Phil McGraw previewed his highly anticipated sit-down chat with Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, who testified in both of her fiancee’s murder trials. “She does not believe he killed himself, surprisingly, because the evidence is pretty overwhelming,” he said.

Massachusetts authorities released the full report on Hernandez’s death last week, saying the former Patriots tight end hanged himself in his prison cell April 19 at Souza Baranowski Correction Center in Shirley. He was found naked at 3:00 a.m. with the biblical verse “John 3:16″ written in ink on his forehead and in a “substance consistent with blood” on the walls. There was also a cut on Hernandez’s finger and a “large circular blood mark on both of his feet.”

Jenkins-Hernandez told McGraw she thought it was a “hoax” when prison officials called to inform her about the suicide. In their last phone conversation, she said Hernandez seemed excited about the prospect of coming home. He was acquitted of double-murder charges five days before his passing and was appealing his first-degree murder conviction for the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting.

“He was very positive, so excited to come home,” she said. “I spoke to him the night before and he was so, you know, ‘Daddy’s going to be home, and I can’t wait to sleep in bed with you guys, and I can’t wait to just hold you and love you.'”

Jose Baez, Hernandez’s attorney, has vowed to conduct an investigation into his death. In a statement, he said he thinks the Hernandez family is owed an “independent and thorough” inquiry.

In addition to the police report, there’s strong circumstantial evidence that Hernandez planned to kill himself. Prior to his death, an inmate told authorities Hernandez had mentioned the obscure Massachusetts law that voids a defendant’s convictions if he doesn’t exhaust all of his legal appeals upon his passing. In a note addressed to Jenkins-Hernandez found in his cell, he wrote, “YOU’RE RICH!” –– an apparent reference to the abatement rule. Judge Susan Garsh, who sentenced Hernandez to life in prison two years ago, vacated the verdict earlier this week.

Prosecutors say they’re appealing the ruling.

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Aaron Hernandez tells fiance ‘tell my story fully’ in suicide note; was a member of the Bloods, documents say 05.05.17 at 4:03 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez was involved (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez was a member of the Bloods, according to documents. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

In a prison note to his fiance Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez released on Friday, Aaron Hernandez wrote she is his “soul-mate” and told her to “tell my story fully.”

He wrote: “You have always been my soul-mate and I want you to live life and know I’m always with you. I told you what was coming indirectly! I love you so much and know you are an angel – literally! … We split into two to come change the world! Your characteristics is that of a true angel and the definition of Gods love! Tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you. This was the supremes, the almighty’s plan, not mine! I love you! Let (redacted) know how much I love her! Look after (redacted) and (redacted) for me – those are my boys (You’re Rich).”

“I knew I loved you = Savage Garden,” the note ended.

Additional official documents provided to the Boston Herald state Aaron Hernandez was a member of the “Bloods Street Gang.”

According to the Herald, the “Gang Profile” section of the Massachusetts State Police form, which was filled out on April 24, 2017, notes Hernandez as a “Bloods Street Gang member.”

Back in 2015, it was reported that Hernandez’s neck tattoo of a five-pointed star was a reference to the Bloods.

The newly released documents also include reports from officers at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center who had trouble cutting Hernandez down from the noose with which he hung himself in April. Officers said they struggled to free his body because of the shampoo he spread on the floor and it took “2 sets of shears by 2 officers” to cut him down and administer CPR.

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Aaron Hernandez racked up multiple violent offenses while in prison, records show at 11:39 am ET
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Aaron Hernandez was charged with 12 offenses while he was in prison. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez was charged with 12 offenses while he was in prison. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

The attorney for Aaron Hernandez’s close prison friend, Kyle Kennedy, portrayed the disgraced ex-NFL star at a press conference last week as a kind and gentle individual while he was behind bars. But prison records show he was anything but.

CNN reporters Eric Levenson and Evan Simko-Bednarski obtained Hernandez’s disciplinary records through a public records request. The paperwork shows Hernandez was charged with roughly a dozen offenses while he was an inmate at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley: Three for fighting, two smoking-related incidents, two prison tattoos and possession of a nearly six-inch sharpened metal shiv.

The first reported violent episode involving Hernandez occurred May 17, 2015, roughly one month after he was convicted of first-degree murder for the Odin Lloyd shooting. Hernandez served as a lookout while two inmates fought in his cell, entering and exiting multiple times.

Three months later, while living in a different area of the prison, Hernandez started a fist-fight with an inmate who wanted to shake his hand. Officials blamed the altercation on an “ongoing feud” between unnamed parties.

Hernandez’s last recorded fight happened on June 10, 2016, when he was swapping punches with another prisoner. The former Patriots tight end lost visitation privileges for 45 days after the incident.

Interestingly enough, Hernandez appeared to become more religious while he was incarcerated. An alleged close friend of Hernandez’s told investigators he was “very spiritual” and “always quoting the bible.” His body was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell with the biblical verse “John 3:16″ written in ink on his forehead and in a “substance consistent with blood” on the walls. A drop of blood was placed on the verse in an open bible near him as well.

Though Hernandez may have immersed himself in the bible, he didn’t seem to practice its teachings. Shortly after arriving at the maximum security facility, he reportedly told guards he was “going to run this place.” But judging by his lengthy disciplinary record, it appeared to be the other way around.

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Aaron Hernandez’s alleged ‘murder car’ has been pulled from eBay 05.03.17 at 1:19 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez's alleged 'murder car' is no longer on eBay. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez’s alleged ‘murder car’ is no longer on eBay. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

The silver SUV that was a center piece of Aaron Hernandez’s double-murder trial has been pulled from eBay without an explanation, the car’s owner says.

In an interview with the Boston Globe, Buddy Clair, who owns Westford Auto Sales and put the car on the website, said he found out about the post’s removal at 10:00 p.m. Tuesday. The infamous vehicle attracted 115 bidders and had reached $101,005 before eBay took it down.

“It’s valuable to somebody and somebody should have the right to own it without being criticized,’’ Clair told the Globe. “If we got lucky on this and sold it, we had talked about donating to the people that were involved in the history of it.”

The car’s listing billed it was the “REAL DEAL !!!,” saying it still contained police fingerprint dust. The winner of the auction was also supposed to be awarded $53,000.

Prosecutors say Hernandez was in the front passenger seat of the Toyota 4Runner when he killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting in Boston on July 16, 2012. Jack Fox, a Rhode Island car dealer, leased the car to the disgraced ex-NFL star in exchange for tickets and other perks.

Hernandez, who was acquitted of double-murder charges in April, hanged himself at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley two weeks ago. He was serving a life sentence for the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Woman gets Aaron Hernandez tribute tattoo; Athletes attend 2017 Met Gala 05.02.17 at 10:01 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Toronto at NY Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB:
Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
NBA:
Washington at Boston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA:
Utah at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL:
Ottawa at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL:
St. Louis at Nashville, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A woman with the Instagram name MsMackHard posted a picture last Thursday of her new tattoo, which pays tribute to Aaron Hernandez.

“The most awesome tattoo I’ve ever gotten!! Dedicated to a man that had a major impact on my life.. Aaron Hernandez.. Save your negative comments I’ll delete them!,” her caption said.  

The tattoo is huge and reads “If it is to be, it is up to me” and Hernandez’s nickname “Chico” surrounded by his number 81 and “Rest in Peace” below it. This is now on her body for the rest of her life.

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