Netflix on Tuesday released its trailer for “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez,” an upcoming documentary series about former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, who was found guilty in 2015 of murdering Odin Lloyd and died by suicide while in jail in 2017.
The show, which premieres Jan. 15, promises in its preview to “discover the stories” and “discover the secrets” behind Hernandez’s downfall. But how much new information will be unearthed on a topic that has already been subject to intense investigative reporting? The Boston Globe produced a six-part digital feature story series and podcast about Hernandez last year. And other outlets, such as CBS and The New York Times, have delivered their own thorough coverage.
Probably the most striking part of Netflix’s two-minute trailer was audio from a conversation between Hernandez and his mother, Terri Hernandez. Their back-and-forth highlighted the Hernandez family tension that has been reported on before but perhaps still has more to it than previously understood.
“I had nobody,” Aaron Hernandez says to his mother on the phone in the trailer. “What did you think I was going to do? Become a perfect angel?”
Regardless of how much fresh information the Netflix series provides, it is expected to draw substantial viewership considering the numbers recent O.J. Simpson offerings have gotten and a morbid national appetite for true crime stories.
Based on the trailer, it appears the show will present plenty of drama for an audience that craves raw looks into the motivations of killers. Whether it expands upon what we already know remains to be seen.