Eight months after ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in prison http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-chukwuma-okorafor-jersey , a new book by bestselling author James Patterson is reviving unanswered questions.
Patterson spoke with The Associated Press on Friday about what he calls ”the most fascinating, complicated and troubling crime story of our times.”
Hernandez, a former standout tight end for the New England Patriots, was found hanging by a bedsheet in his cell on April 19, hours before his ex-teammates were due to visit the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory. The 27-year-old athlete had been serving life without parole for a 2013 murder. Just days earlier, he had been acquitted of a separate double murder.
After his death, Hernandez was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease tied to head blows which can cause depression and violent mood swings.
Patterson’s book on the case, ”All-American Murder,” is set to be released Monday by Little, Brown and Company Anthony Gose Jersey , and CBS is airing a companion ”48 Hours ” special Saturday night.
AP: Most of your work tends to be fiction. What drew you to this real-crime story?
Patterson: I don’t usually do nonfiction, but I was compelled to do this story. You can’t take your eyes off this guy because of all his gifts: his good looks, the smile, the beautiful fiancee, the baby girl, the $40 million NFL contract. When I was in my teens, my family moved up near Boston, and I became a fan of the Patriots and the other Boston teams. I still am to some extent.
AP: Why do you think Hernandez killed himself if there was a chance – however small – of overturning his conviction and winning his freedom?
Patterson: Most people who suffer from brain damage do not become murderers. My take is if you take somebody with a psychopathic personality – somebody who enjoyed killing people – hit him in the head a few thousand times and add some PCP and weed, you have a nightmare. And there are a lot of suicides with CTE.
AP: What do you make of the rumors that Hernandez may have been gay or bisexual and had a prison lover?
Patterson: We never talked to anybody who said there was something to that. He was in his cell 22+ hours a day. He had virtually no contact with any prisoners. What could he do?
AP: Did Hernandez have some kind of jailhouse conversion? He wrote ”John 3:16” in ink on his forehead and in blood on a cell wall.
Patterson: He was clinging to this notion, real or imagined, that if he believed in Jesus he could be saved. But he was over the top with everything. His thinking was scrambled big-time.
AP: Why does this case captivate people so powerfully?
Patterson: This is the most dramatic and surprising murder mystery in the last 25 years – including O.J. (Simpson). The story is just stunning Roquan Smith Jersey Youth , from his days as a well-behaved kid in high school to his time at the University of Florida to the NFL. It’s the most amazing fall from grace imaginable.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — If you’d like to make the Vegas Golden Knights–Winnipeg Jets Western Conference final a little more interesting, go all-in on the expansion franchise.
Since 1973, the team that has captured a 2-1 lead in the semifinal has gone on to take the series 87.5 percent of the time, winning 35 of 43 encounters. After Wednesday night’s 4-2 victory, that puts the Golden Knights in the cat bird’s seat.
And the team that takes a 3-1 lead has gone on to win more than 90 percent of the time.
So, yeah, you could say Game 4 on Friday night at T-Mobile Arena is pretty much must-win territory for the visitors.
If the Jets are to have any chance of pulling this series out, they’re going to need some scoring from somebody not named Mark Scheifele. The No. 1 center has scored 14 of his team’s 50 goals thus far in the playoffs, a 28 percent clip, including both goals on Wednesday.
Scheifele would have had a hat trick if it weren’t for a couple of spectacular saves by Marc-Andre Fleury in the Golden Knights’ net. Scheifele’s 11 goals on the road are an NHL playoff record.
Forwards Patrik Laine Roy Oswalt Jersey , Bryan Little, Mathieu Perreault and Adam Lowry have been a shadow of their regular-season selves. Laine, who had 44 goals this year, has but four in the postseason and has hit a half-dozen posts.
Ehlers, who had 29 goals, has yet to notch one in 13 games and was a mysterious scratch on Wednesday night.
Little has one goal in 15 playoff games after producing 16 this season, Perreault has just a single point and Lowry hasn’t scored since December.
Scheifele, the Jets’ first No. 1 draft pick since relocating in 2011, wasn’t pointing fingers, choosing instead to praise the Golden Knights.
“We’re in the conference finals. They’re a good team, too Youth Brian O'Neill Jersey ,” he told The Winnipeg Sun. “They’re going to have their games, we’re going to have our games. We can’t sulk on this too long. We’ve got to pick ourselves up.”
If nothing else, it should be comforting to the Jets that home ice hasn’t been quite the advantage that most people assume it is. Road teams are 38-35 in these playoffs. On the flip side, the Golden Knights are 5-1 at home in the postseason.
There’s little question that Fleury has been the star for the home side. In addition to 33 saves on Wednesday, he also took part in a scrum in his crease.
But instead of planting his blocker in somebody’s face, he gave Jets captain Blake Wheeler a “wet willie” by sticking his finger in his ear.
“I did that?” Fleury said at his locker afterward. “There are cameras everywhere.”
The three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins has a 10-3 record and a sparkling .945 save percentage in the playoffs.