A book with a secret note allegedly written by Aaron Hernandez when he was first locked up in Bristol County Jail recently sold on eBay for $2,000. Currently on trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, the New England Patriots player reportedly took the book out of the jail’s library and used it to pass a message to another inmate back in 2013.
TMZ reports that the eBay seller got the book from a former inmate and put it up for auction with a starting price of $2,000 back in late January. The book, titled Bad Boy Brawly Brown, is pictured in the eBay auction, but the messages are covered up — something that was reportedly done for “sales appeal.” The listing on eBay indicates that the book’s seller is based in East Freetown, Massachusetts, and the book sold in one day to a single bidder for a whopping $2,000.
On June 26, 2013, Hernandez was arrested and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old man who was dating the sister of Aaron’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins. According to CBS Boston, Hernandez was initially held at the Bristol County House of Corrections in North Dartmouth — this is where he allegedly passed “secret jailhouse messages” that were written inside a paperback book to an inmate named “Cory.”
The inmate was reportedly accused of stealing Aaron’s inmate ID in 2013, and Hernandez mentioned the incident in the note that was written across two of the interior pages of the 320-page paperback book. The note, which was partially revealed to TMZ by the eBay seller, was somewhat light-hearted and “rambles on” about the ex-NFL star’s innocence.
“It even sounds like Aaron is friends with the guy who took his ID. Aaron opens the note, writing, ‘I heard you are the one that tried to steal my ID! That’s crazy lol!’ The rest of Aaron’s letter rambles on about how he’s innocent and can’t wait to prove it in court. He also still believes he will play football again soon.”
The book itself is an interesting choice. Bad Boy Brawly Brown is a crime novel written about a man who faced murder charges and was able to prove his innocence. A not-guilty verdict is something Hernandez’s lawyers seem to think is forthcoming for their client, although the mounting evidence presented by the prosecution over the past seven weeks of the trial have many trial-watchers on Twitter doubtful that he will be not be convicted of murder.
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