Why did Aaron Hernandez commit suicide?
For the record, even before watching this, I disbelieved the alt-theory that he was murdered. However, my argument was fallacious, the argument to incredulity, in that I thought: “Who would want him dead? What was the compelling reason to kill him?” He was in AdSeg, so it had to have been someone with a lot of pull to want him dead in order to make it happen, and I’m not aware of any great powerful nefarious force that cares about Aaron Hernandez.
But, it turns out there’s a really simple affirmative reason to support the contention that he did commit suicide.
If you want me to cut to the chase for you, he committed suicide because he either knew the peculiarity of Massachusetts criminal law, or someone told him, that if he dies for any reason while the case is in the appeal stage, the case is dropped and the criminal charges totally expunged from his postmortem record. What that means is that if he’s legally technically not guilty of the murder he was doing a life sentence for, it means the New England Patriots have to pay out what was the balance of his contract from the point where they stopped to his wife and daughter.
The only hitch is that I don’t know if this weird quirk of Massachusetts law would also make his estate immune from any civil action that could be levied by the victim’s family.