Patterson, James with Alex Abramovich and Mike Harvkey. “All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers’ Row”, Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Hernandez in Life and Death
James Patterson is known as the author of the Alex Cross series and other thrillers novels has now written a book about Aaron Hernandez, the NFL-star-turned-convicted-killer who committed suicide in his jail cell last year and sparked bisexual rumors for allegedly leaving a note for his gay jailhouse lover.
Patterson has co-written “All American Murder” with Alex Abramovich and Mike Harvkey. Patterson says he felt “compelled” to write about Hernanadez because of his “fascinating, complicated, and troubling” story. He saw Hernandez as a gifted man, “His good looks, the smile, the beautiful fiancée, the baby girl, the $40 million NFL contract.”
Patterson is skeptical about Hernandez having had a gay jailhouse lover yet he’s not 100% sure. “We never talked to anybody who said there was something to that,” he said. “He was in his cell 22½ hours a day. He had virtually no contact with any prisoners. What could he do?” He does state that Hernandez experienced a jailhouse conversion and wrote “John 3:16” in blood on his jail cell wall. “He was clinging to this notion, real or imagined, that if he believed in Jesus he could be saved. But he was over the top with everything. His thinking was scrambled big-time.”
After his death, Hernandez was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that results from frequent blows to the head and can cause depression and violent mood swings. Patterson maintains that this could have had something to do with he murders.
“Football coaches, players, and fans called Aaron Hernandez unstoppable. His four-year-old daughter called him Daddy. The law called him inmate #174594.” Hernandez was a college All-American who became the youngest player in the NFL and later a Super Bowl veteran. He was a star tight end on the league-dominant New England Patriots with a contract for $40 million. His every move as a professional athlete played out in the headlines, yet he led a secret life-one that ended in a maximum-security prison. Something drove him to go so wrong.
He was the son of a University of Connecticut football hero known as “the King” and brother to a Huskies quarterback. Hernandez was the best athlete Connecticut’s Bristol Central High had ever produced. He chose to play football at the University of Florida, but by the time he arrived in Gainesville, he was already dealing with trouble.
Already between the summers of 2012 and 2013, not long after Hernandez made his first Pro Bowl, he was linked to a series of violent incidents culminating in the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who dated the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.
This is the first book to investigate Aaron Hernandez’s first-degree murder conviction and the mystery of his own untimely and shocking death. It draws on original and in-depth reporting and is an explosive true story of a life cut short.