Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez thrived with a structured jail life, showing contentment and describing a "cozy" lifestyle that he enjoyed "too much," conversations with his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins revealed in the fifth installment of a six-part series profiling Hernandez by The Boston Globe's "Spotlight Team."
Hernandez spent time in the Suffolk County Jail in downtown Boston as he awaited trial during the summer of 2014. There, he experienced amenities he later wouldn't receive in a life sentence before his 2017 suicide.
Hernandez even talked to his mother Terri Hernandez about life in jail.
“Jail doesn’t bother me,” he told his mother on a phone call, according to The Globe. “I’ve been the most relaxed and less stressed in jail than I have out of jail.”
Many of the details Hernandez shared from his "childlike contentment," according to The Globe, in jail life left his fiancee flabbergasted.
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“Oh my gosh. I can’t even fathom what you’re saying to me right now," Jenkins said to him..
Also included in The Boston Globe report:
► Hernandez delighted in watching television, playing poker, cribbage and whist. He grew to enjoy reading Harry Potter books and the Bible.
► Hernandez took pleasure in tiny privileges such as using the prison microwave to warm up snacks.
“So you get two honey buns, right? And you put a layer of peanut butter in between the two honey buns with the icing facing each other,” he explained in a phone call to Jenkins.
► Hernandez liked his jail cell set-up.
“My room is very organized," he told Jenkins. “I have everything lined up perfect, have my little trash in there. Everything all folded, I always make a nice perfect pillow. It’s actually cozy."
► He told his mother he enjoyed his view.
“Outside, the view is beautiful,” he told her. “When we go outside to play basketball, it’s on the roof.
"But you look out the fence and you’re looking at the whole city, all the bright lights, and it looks beautiful at nighttime.”
► Hernandez told longtime friend Ryan McConnell over the phone about his meals. The Globe said he "ate more food than the 240-pound former athlete had been allowed in months" because he had been in a "much harsher jail" after his arrest.
“For breakfast,” Hernandez said, “I got three pancakes, with two sausages — not bad.” Lunch was chicken Parmesan, “with pasta, a little salad container, three oatmeal cookies, a milk, with some butter.”