Boston Globe Sanitizes Aaron Hernandez’s Street-Gang Mentality

aaronhernandezTo read the opening line from today’s Boston Globe big story (via Drudge), you’d think that Aaron Hernandez just hit a patch of bad luck.  Doggonnit.  How unlucky can a gangsta get?

FALL RIVER — In a stunning reversal of fortune for a man who once sprinted into end zones as an NFL star, Aaron Hernandez was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a friend who had angered him. He faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

The former New England Patriots tight end was found guilty by a seven-woman, five-man jury of the June 17, 2013, murder of Odin L. Lloyd of Boston. The jury in Bristol Superior Court took seven days to render its decision. It found he merited the conviction by “reason of extreme atrocity or cruelty.”

Yeah.  This was all misfortune.  His luck just ran out.  Wrong place, wrong time, mistaken identity, flimsy circumstantial evidence?  Too many gunshots?  Darn.

Hernandez showed little obvious emotion, but shook his head as the verdict was announced. He looked at his mother and fiancee in the gallery, who were holding each other, engulfed in tears.

Hernandez, 25, and two accomplices picked up Lloyd, 27, a landscaper who played semiprofessional football, at his home on the pretext that they would party together. Instead they drove through the darkness to an industrial park in North Attleborough near the football player’s spacious home, where Hernandez shot Lloyd several times with a .45-caliber Glock pistol, including two kill shots to Lloyd’s chest as he writhed in pain on the ground…

Of all the rotten luck a guy could ever encounter.  He’s just another All American fella who got railroaded by a kangaroo court?  Later in the Globe report:

While they never pinpointed his motive, prosecutors portrayed Hernandez as a young man who, despite his good looks, sizable fortune, and apparently bright future, was secretive, thin-skinned, and easily provoked by perceived slights.

Betcha I can pinpoint his motive.  Here we’re to believe that a tough NFL player has his feelings easily hurt. It wasn’t about thin skin.  It was about a criminal’s ego. Read on…

Witnesses testified Hernandez and Lloyd went to a Boston club two nights before the murder and Hernandez appeared angry after Lloyd began talking with other people. Hernandez stormed out of the club and went back to his vehicle to retrieve a handgun, witnesses testified.

See, here’s the thing, folks.  You just don’t slight or show any sort of disrespect to a real criminal.  If you do, you may end up dead.  I worked face-to-face with hundreds of g-homies (sociopath street gang members) during my law enforcement career.  Contrary to what social workers and mental health professionals might have you believe, a real criminal’s ego knows no boundaries.  It is immense beyond imagination.

Jurors also heard that Hernandez, Lloyd, and two women continued from the club that night to an apartment that Hernandez leased in Franklin, and that Hernandez had texted Shayanna Jenkins on Lloyd’s phone the following day, telling her that he got “f—– up” and “O” took care of him.

Whatever that means.  Betcha if we could closely examine his tattoos (see photo above from Drudge) we could find out which set (gang) he belongs to.


About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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2 Responses to Boston Globe Sanitizes Aaron Hernandez’s Street-Gang Mentality

  1. James Clark says:

    Having worked in El Monte for 5 years teaching and averaging about 3-4 lockdowns in our school each year due to gang bangers in the school with guns. During those 5 years during summer, Easter, and Christmas vacation I worked for the Los Angeles County Office of Education teaching in Juvenile Hall. 3 times I encountered one of my “former” students, one even in there for murder. The last 3 summers worked in the “SHU” unit. Special Handling Unit of those who had made the front pages of the Los Angeles Times for crimes against humanity. Many of these kids had good teachers telling to stay out of gangs, but they were “TOO SMART” to listen. The rest of the story lies in Central Juvenile Hall, Los Padrinos, and Sylmer Juvi, what a shame!

  2. John L. Work says:

    What a shame, indeed, Captain Clark. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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