A new report suggests a stunning new possible motive for the murder of Odin Lloyd, for which former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was convicted.
Lloyd, a former semi-pro football player and friend of Hernandez, was killed in 2013; Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison in 2015.
Years later, the question of why Lloyd was killed remains.
Despite his conviction, prosecutors - who had sufficient evidence to prove means and opportunity - could never quite pinpoint a motive.
Hernandez's death in prison last week has opened up a Pandora's Box of mysteries, however, and may have finally shed light on this.
The 27-year-old, who had just been acquitted of two more (unrelated) murders a few days earlier, was found dead in his cell last week.
Now, a new report by Newsweek implies that the real reason Hernandez committed the murder may have been to hide his bisexuality.
Granted, there's a whole lot of speculation here.
Aaron's alleged bisexuality as a possible motive for murder implies, first and foremost, that he was even bisexual, which is unproven.
Still, the Newsweek article cites “interviews with multiple law enforcement officials directly involved in the case” who support this theory.
Those sources cite three pieces of evidence, most notably that Lloyd apparently knew about the football star's closeted gay tendencies.
Says one insider quoted by the magazine:
“Hernandez had a complicated sex life and [Lloyd] could pass that information to his girlfriend, the sister of the Patriots player’s fiancée.”
Moreover, Ernest Wallace, one of two co-defendents in Aaron's murder trial, testified that Hernandez was a “smoocher,” a gay slur.
Wallace was also recorded calling Hernandez a “limp wrist,” another homophobic remark, in a later jailhouse visit with Aaron's cousin.
Newsweek's report also states that the all-star tight end was “high on hydroponic marijuana” when he murdered Lloyd in June of 2013.
The second piece of alleged evidence is that Hernandez left one of his suicide notes for an unidentified man he'd been involved with.
According to the magazine's sources, Aaron had been part of a homosexual relationship since they were in high school in Bristol, Conn.
In addition, detectives confirm that he “moved a large amount of money into three accounts” just before he was arrested for murder.
The beneficiaries of those accounts?
1. Aaron's fiancée Shayanna Jenkins;
2. His baby daughter with Jenkins;
3. The aforementioned "friend."
Hernandez’s alleged homosexual tendencies became of interest to detectives only because of a possible link to the murder of Lloyd.
As for the third piece of evidence? Beyond this alleged lover, Aaron reportedly had a prison boyfriend as well (the man is also unidentified).
The prisoner is now on suicide watch as police probe the sad and almost unbelievable life of Hernandez, who was laid to rest Monday.
On April 19, sometime before 3 a.m., Hernandez penned suicide notes to Jenkins, their daughter, and to this close prison friend.
Aaron placed them next to a Bible in his solitary prison cell, with the book opened to the famous New Testament passage, John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in him would not perish but have eternal life.”
Eerily, Hernandez also scrawled that verse on his forehead with red ink, and also made marks on his hands and feet with that red pen.
He then jammed the track of his cell door with cardboard to prevent guards from coming in, slicked the floor with liquid soap and shampoo.
Regarding the second detail, investigators believe he did this to make it harder to back out in case he lost his nerve to go through with it.
Finally, he wrapped his bed sheet around his neck multiple times, tied one end of it to a bar on the window of his cell, and hung himself.
A corrections officer saw his limp body through the cell door at 3:03 a.m., and tried in vain to resuscitate him the former athlete.
Hernandez was then rushed to UMass Leominster hospital near the prison he called home, and was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.