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A criminal mind? A damaged brain? Narratives of criminality and culpability in the celebrated case of Aaron Hernandez

Henne, Kathryn; Ventresca, Matt


This article examines the media discourse surrounding the life and death of former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez, who died by suicide while incarcerated for first-degree murder. As a postmortem analysis found evidence of notable degenerative brain disease, differing explanations and speculations remain about the causes of his criminal behavior. This analysis illustrates how journalistic narratives attribute Hernandez's criminality to either the material composition of his...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Crime, Media, Culture
DOI: 10.1177/1741659019879888


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