DATELINE: ALL BY MYSELF
As they sang in the theme song to M*A*S*H*, suicide is painless.
As Tom Jones used to sing, “It’s not unusual…”
Well, at Cedar Junction Max prison it isn’t too unusual to have an inmate on suicide watch. So, only two days after arriving at his waiting depot, Aaron Hernandez was isolated from the general population of dangerous mugs. Here, alone, they decided he was a risk to do something untoward toward himself.
Suicide watch is not to be confused with an Apple Watch.
If you murder a bunch of people, offing yourself is child’s play.
Maybe someone told Hernandez that his prison stop is the famous location where the Boston Strangler, Albert de Salvo, found himself murdered by another inmate. No, he was stabbed, not strangled.
So, perhaps Hernandez has some reason for trepidation before he is sent packing again to Shirley, Mass., where his final stop will be for the next fifty years or so. That smaller, more intensely private maximum security prison, will allow for more safety than Cedar Junction—but it is a looney bin.
Inmates are alone 23 hours per day—with an hour for exercise. Then they do it again. It could be the fulcrum point where suicide watch is more necessary. Of course, no one would really care if he did have his way.
If Hernandez is thinking of suicide, it may not be possible that he has realized he did not break the bank at Monte Carlo or Gillette Stadium, and he isn’t going to get away with murder either.
Self-knowledge is a dangerous thing.