Aaron Hernandez’s brother portrays ‘troubled young man who would become a murderer’ in new book

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez during his trial in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston in March 2017.
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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez during his trial in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston in March 2017.

The older brother of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has written a book about his sibling’s stunning fall from grace that ended when the once-promising athlete killed himself in his prison cell while serving a life sentence for murder.

The book by Jonathan Hernandez, entitled “The Truth About Aaron: My Journey to Understand My Brother,” is due out in October from HarperCollins Publishers, according to the company’s website.

Jonathan Hernandez recently posted a photo of the book cover on his Instagram account and wrote “I love you UNCONDITIONALLY” in the caption.


Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder for the 2013 fatal shooting of Odin L. Lloyd, a Dorchester man who dated the sister of Aaron’s fiancee. He was acquitted in 2017 of killing two additional men in a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston and hanged himself in his cell days after being cleared in that case.

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A synopsis of “The Truth About Aaron” on the HarperCollins website says that Jonathan Hernandez doesn’t pull any punches.

“In this clear-eyed, emotionally devastating biography — a family memoir combining football and true crime — Jonathan (formerly known by his nickname DJ) Hernandez speaks out fully for the first time about the brother he knew,” the summary says. “Jonathan draws on his own recollections as well as thousands of pages of prison letters and other sources to give us a full portrait of a star athlete and troubled young man who would become a murderer, and the darkness that consumed him.”

The site says that Jonathan Hernandez does not “portray Aaron as a victim” and “speaks openly about Aaron’s talent, his sexuality, his crimes and incarceration, and the CTE that ravaged him — scientists found that upon his death, Aaron had the brain of a 67-year-old suffering from the same condition. Filled with headline-making revelations, The Truth About Aaron is a shocking and moving account of promise, tragedy, and loss — of one man’s descent into rage and violence, as told by the person who knew him more closely than anyone else.”

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