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‘I try my best to paint an accurate picture of him’: Takeaways from Jose Baez’s biography of Aaron Hernandez

Baez has an alternative theory or explanation for everything.

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Aaron Hernandez (left) at a 2016 hearing with attorney Jose Baez at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. –John Blanding/Globe Staff/File 2016

Jose Baez dishes plenty of dirt in his forthcoming Aaron Hernandez biography, which hits shelves on Tuesday.

In “Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez,’’ the attorney who got Hernandez acquitted of a 2012 double murder squashes the rumor about the jailhouse letters, sheds fascinating new details about Hernandez’s trade request to Bill Belichick, and describes Hernandez’s final days as an inmate and later suicide victim.

But Baez, who also successfully defended Casey Anthony in 2011, is also adept at creating reasonable doubt. And readers hoping to get a clearer picture of Hernandez will instead find themselves further confused about Hernandez’s secret off-field life, as well as whether he was involved in the 2012 Boston double murders and the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, of which Hernandez was convicted.

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