AUTOPSY: THE LAST HOURS OF AARON HERNANDEZ
Reelz Channel simply cannot quit the late former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. Having featured him in the specials Aaron Hernandez's Killing Fields, Jailhouse Lover Tells All and Life Inside along with episodes of its regular programs Notorious, Murder Made Me Famous and Autopsy, Reelz presented itself as diving into the Hernandez mineshaft once again for Aaron Hernandez: The True Story. The mind boggles at what more can be dug up about Hernandez, and it turns out Reelz has mined this story to where it repackages it to get more attention.
Aaron Hernandez: The True Story turns out to be a depressing bait-and-switch, as it is a mashup of two previous Reelz productions: Aaron Hernandez's Killing Fields and Autopsy. As one who has seen almost all the myriad of Hernandez-related Reelz programs, I was not amused to find myself watching someone old presented as something new.
Still, not one to throw the baby out with the bathwater, Aaron Hernandez: The True Story allowed me a chance to review Autopsy: The Last Hours of Aaron Hernandez. The last hour of the four-hour Hernandez package, Autopsy at least is a tad above some of the more seedy coverage Reelz has given t his story.
Autopsy is part medical examination, part biography as with reenactments and interviews we cover the subject's life. In this case, it's that of Inmate W106228, who already had unknown health issues before arriving in prison. One was the CTE that was discovered after Hernandez's suicide, which was to Dr. Hunter and the Massachusetts investigators the most advanced they had ever observed in someone so young. This CTE, Dr. Hunter tells us, is associated with dementia, mood changes and aggression.