- Netflix released the Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday.
- Aaron Hernandez's fiancée at the time, Shayanna Jenkins, was interviewed for the documentary.
- After the documentary's release, Jenkins has decided to step away from social media
Aaron Hernandez's former fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, who was interviewed multiple times for Netflix’s new documentary series, Killer Inside, wrote on Instagram Thursday that she was taking a break from social media. Though Jenkins doesn’t describe the reason for her intended break, she writes that her followers “will all understand.”
"I wanted to let all of you sweet sweet souls know I have tried to read every message sent on IG and through email (positive and negative). The amount of support and positive energy is again unreal! I'm sure you will all understand how imperative it is to take some time away from social media. [caption:] '#stayhumble😘.'"
Jenkins was engaged to New England Patriots star Hernandez when, in 2015, he was convicted of first-degree murder for the killing of Odin Lloyd. In 2017, after Hernandez was acquitted for a second murder case, the 2012 shooting of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, he hung himself in his jail cell. Rumors circulated during the time of his suicide that Hernandez was engaged in various homosexual relationships—one with a high school classmate, and then later with another inmate.
Hernandez’s sexuality became a particular focus of the Netflix documentary in which Jenkins appears.
Jenkins was also asked to testify during the Hernandez trial.
What happened during the Hernandez trial?
Part of the Lloyd case involved a conversation that took place between Hernandez and Jenkins the days following the shooting. Hernandez had made a phone call to Jenkins from his attorney’s office, asking that she remove items from their house. Prosecutors believed the items, contained in a box, included the .45 caliber handgun connected to the murder of Lloyd. (The handgun was never found.) Jenkins was indicted after prosecutors claimed she lied 29 times to a grand jury about the phone call.
She was then called to testify and spent close to 10 hours on the stand.
To discredit Hernandez’s character, prosecutors attempted to show that the NFL star cheated on Jenkins, drove drunk, and struck their babysitter.
In April 2015, the trial concluded, and Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder as well as five weapons charges
How did Aaron Hernandez die?
In a radio interview days before Hernandez’s death, Boston journalist Michelle McPhee said that the former NFL player had killed Lloyd because he caught Hernandez in a “compromising position” with another man.
Not long after, Hernandez was found dead in his cell, hanged with a bed sheet. In his cell were three letters, including one to Jenkins. The letter reads, "Shay, you have always been my soul-mate and I want you to live life and know I'm always with you."
The letter goes on:
"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 [sic] is that of a true angel and the definition of God's love! Tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you. This was the Supreme's, 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."
A 132-page report from the Department of Corrections outlined Hernandez’s activities the night of his death, saying that Hernandez gave little indication that he was suicidal. Hernandez made seven phone calls that evening, including one to Jenkins who also saw no indication of Hernandez’s intent of self-harm. The report also mentioned that Hernandez’s homosexuality may have been a topic of conversation among inmates prior to his death.