Most of us, thankfully, have no firsthand knowledge of what goes through the mind of a murderer mere hours before he or she commits such a dastardly deed.
Now, we are not completely certain that former New England Patriots tight end (and current guest of the Massachusetts correctional system) Aaron Hernandez is, in fact, a murderer, although the overwhelming pile of evidence seems to indicate that, at the very least, he sure does find himself near lots of guns and crime scenes.
Hernandez is currently being tried for the murder of Odin Lloyd, so if he is indeed convicted of this crime, surveillance footage played during testimony on Thursday morning would, in theory, give us a window into the mind of at least one convicted murderer just hours before he killed another man.
And the answer appears to be that, just prior to killing someone, a murderer likes to wave his hands in the air, like he just don't care!
As seen courtesy of TMZ, Aaron Hernandez was spotted on surveillance footage at around two in the morning on June 17, 2013, in the parking lot of the Blue Hill Express gas station in Canton, Massachusetts, and as you can see, he didn't seem to have a care in the world:
Of course, how could he be in anything BUT a fantastic mood, when you consider that he was about to purchase a pack of blue Bubblicious...
— Jenny Wilson (@jennydwilson) February 26, 2015
...and that he was less than two hours removed from an evening of fine dining with friends at the South Street Cafe in Providence, Rhode Island! Here's the tab from the evening:
Full receipt includes 11 Hennessys, 2 grey goose (geese?), 7 bud lights, 10 sex on beach pic.twitter.com/uepLY6aa2y
— Jenny Wilson (@jennydwilson) February 26, 2015
SIDEBAR OBSERVATIONS ABOUT HERNANDEZ'S TAB:
1. A $30 tip on a $243 tab, for an NFL player who was less than a year removed from signing a $40 million, is deplorable. If he's convicted, Hernandez should have a second life sentence tacked on for this piss-poor gratuity.
2. Ten "sex on the beach" shots...thankfully, Aaron Hernandez is incarcerated, so I can say this without complete fear of him coming and killing me -- WHAT A WUSS! (Yes, there were ladies at the table. I don't care. i choose to envision Hernandez gently sipping a fruity shot and wincing at how strong it is.)
3. $2.75 for crabcakes? There are certain things I have no problem going cheap on. (Hell, I practically have my mail forwarded to Taco Bell.) Shellfish is NOT one of those things. I'd almost rather they charge me twice as much just to make me feel like I'm ordering food that has a zero percent chance of sending me to the porcelain altar later that night.
4. "HENNASSEY." You'd think a bar would correctly spell the names of the drinks they offer, at the very least.
5. I am very curious what sauce Aaron Hernandez goes with on his wings (all 30 of them that he got in two separate orders). Given the fact that he (may have) killed two people over a drink being spilled on him back in 2012, I'm going to guess he doesn't like anything really messy. I think he goes with extreme breading and very mild sauce.
A former manager at the bar testified on Thursday that Hernandez visited the establishment with his fiancée and two other couples that night. The transaction was processed at 12:18 a.m. on June 17, 2013. Odin Lloyd was shot three hours later.
The bar tab and the subsequent surveillance video at Blue Hill are essential to the prosecution creating the timeline for the night Lloyd was killed, and also linking Hernandez to the car that Odin Lloyd was seen getting into that night.
After leaving the Providence bar, authorities say, Hernandez drove back to his house in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, where he met up with his two friends from home, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz. Wallace and Ortiz had driven in from Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Connecticut, and the three men then drove north to Dorchester, where they picked up Lloyd at his home.
The surveillance footage from Blue Hill shows that Hernandez stopped there at around 2 a.m. The station is on the route between Hernandez's house and Lloyd's residence. The footage shows Hernandez get out of the driver's seat of a rented Nissan Altima and start pumping gas. From there, we see the multiple camera angles showing Hernandez dancing around the gas station parking lot, throwing his hands in the air festively. We also see Ortiz, who had a white towel draped around his neck.
That same white towel was found at the crime scene where Lloyd was shot, and Ortiz's DNA was found on the towel. (Why Ortiz didn't just pick it up, I have no idea. Apparently, Ortiz didn't have a loaf of bread to leave a trail of crumbs back to the three of them, so he left the towel instead. Idiots.) The white towel is key because defense attorneys are trying to use that to shift blame onto Ortiz as the gunman. Bristol County prosecutors, meanwhile, point out Hernandez's "lead dog" role (drove the car, made the plans for the evening) as the indication that this whole thing was his show.
At this point, the only thing that gives Hernandez hope is the lack of a murder weapon, which many presume was disposed of by his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins. She will be taking the stand at some point soon without Fifth Amendment protection, as she reportedly has an immunity deal in place with prosecutors to avoid prosecution on perjury.
And once Jenkins takes the stand, Hernandez at that point may have no outs left.
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.