These are some of the new details in the detailed series of investigations, which also report that Hernandez struggled with his sexual identity until his suicide in April 2017 at the age of 27.
Reporting is based on thousands of interviews from court and government records and recordings of nearly 300 prison phone calls between Hernandez and others The Globe writes
Two articles in the Spotlight series have been published so far, and four are coming up in the coming Days expected. The first examined Hernandez's troubled childhood, while the second put a lens on his time at the University of Florida. Future parts will focus on his time with the New England Patriots, his role in three murder cases, his time in jail and his brain damage by repeated blows to the head.
The ultimate goal of the series is to try to explain the persistent and perhaps unanswerable question for Hernandez: Why?
Why did a talented football star with a $ 40 million contract kill Odin Lloyd in June 201
3? Why did he go to jail just days after being acquitted in a separate double murder trial?
The first two parts contain some details that may have played a role in shaping his early life.
His father beat him
In interviews with people who knew the Hernandez family in their hometown of Bristol, Connecticut, Hernandez's father, Dennis Hernandez, has long been regarded as the respected anchor of the family. He was a high school sports star in the city and pulled Aaron and his older brother Jonathan together to follow in his footsteps.
"His father was pretty strict," Sheriff Thomas Hodgson of Bristol County told CNN in 2015. "I mean he told me that his dad made him shoot 500 shots before he left, sometimes around Dennis Hernandez died of an infection during a hernia surgery in 2006, a tragic loss to Hernandez, who was sometimes cited as a key moment in his fall, author James Patterson a bestseller about Hernandez wrote to CNN said if Hernandez's father had not died, he would have kept his son away from some troubled people in Bristol.