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Aaron Hernandez documentaries struggle with the 'why' of the NFL star's story

Jan 15, 2020 - CNN

(CNN) -- The strange case of Aaron Hernandez -- the pro football player convicted of murder, before dying by suicide -- remains tantalizing enough to have inspired a pair of three-part documentaries this month.

Neither, however, clearly answers the fundamental question: What prompted a young man with seemingly boundless opportunities to throw his life away? What viewers get, instead, are plenty of salacious but conflicting details, which don't bring us much closer to understanding why.

Netflix's "Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez" makes a more valiant effort to find the truth, at least in terms of probing causes of his behavior. Investigation Discovery follows with "Aaron Hernandez: An ID Murder Mystery," a more dutiful tick-tock of the criminal trial (its primary sources are journalists who followed the case), complete with the usual cheesy reenactments -- a tactic, unfortunately, that "Killer Inside" also employs, just a bit more judicio...