Former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez’s tragic and brief life is set to be dissected by James Patterson, one of America’s most famous authors.
Patterson, who has written 147 novels, mostly fictional, announced through his publisher that he is intrigued by how the Puerto Rican football star went from so much promise to convicted murderer to being found hung by a bedsheet in his prison cell.
The true crime book is schedule for release in early 2018 and will chronicle Hernandez’s life from his humble beginnings in Bristol, Connecticut to his days at the University of Florida and to his $40 million NFL career that began at age 22. Apparently, Patterson like many others was “stunned” by Hernandez’ life of crime and his death by suicide at age 27 in a Massachusetts jail.
Several weeks ago Hernandez shocked his family and friends by taking his life after being found not guilty of a double murder. At the time of his trial he was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd. After his death on April 19, 2017 more lurid details of Hernandez’ prison life have been exposed including the suicide note he left his financee, his alleged love affair with a prison inmate and his violent existence inside the Souza-Baranowski Correction Center.
According to the author’s press release, “The non-fiction book will investigate the dramatic rise and fall of the football star, who left behind a murder sentence, a young daughter, and shocking secrets.” “What went wrong” is the driving force behind Patterson’s interest in writing this book. The Hernandez book is likely to become a best-seller, Patterson has had 114 of his books on the New York Times best sellers list.
Patterson has sold more than 300 million copies of his books and made history by becoming the first author to sell 1 million e-books. This prolific author has earned nearly $1 billion from his book sales.
The author is donating a portion of his proceeds to education and reading initiatives. There is no word yet if the Hernandez family will provide insights for the book.
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