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Mark Hofmann

Mark Hofmann
Born Mark William Hofmann
(1954-12-07) December 7, 1954
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Nationality American
Occupation Document dealer
Criminal penalty Life imprisonment
Spouse(s) Doralee Olds "Dorie" Hofmann (1979–1987, divorced)
Motive Covering up forgeries
Conviction(s) fraud (pleaded guilty January 7, 1987)
Date October 15, 1985
Killed 2
Weapons Mail bombs

Mark William Hofmann (born December 7, 1954) is an American Latter Day Saint movement.[1] When Hofmann's schemes began to unravel, he constructed bombs to murder two people in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been serving a life sentence at the Utah State Prison in Draper since 1988.


  • Early life 1
  • Forgeries 2
    • Anthon Transcript forgery 2.1
    • Joseph Smith III blessing 2.2
    • Salamander letter 2.3
    • Other Mormon forgeries 2.4
    • "Oath of a Freeman" 2.5
  • Murders 3
  • Trial and sentencing 4
  • Influence 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Hofmann was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was reared in

  • Mark Hofmann letter to the Board of Pardons (1988)
  • The Mormon Forgery Murders, The Crime Library
  • , August 18, 2002.The Poet and the Murderer: A True Story of Literary Crime and the Art of Forgery interview with Simon Worrall on Booknotes

External links

  • "News of the Church".  
  • Naifeh, Steven; Smith, Gregory White (2005) [1988]. The Mormon Murders. .  
  • Worrall, Simon (2002). The Poet and the Murderer: A True Story of Literary Crime and the Art of Forgery. New York: Dutton Adult Hardcover.  


  1. ^ "Dealer In Mormon Fraud Called A Master Forger" from University of Delaware Library
  2. ^ Robert Lindsey, A Gathering of Saints: A True Story of Money Murder and Deceit (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988), 41. That his grandmother "was the product of a polygamous Mormon union sixteen years after the 1890 church manifesto abolishing polygamy...was a secret that members of Mark's family seldom discussed."
  3. ^ Lindsey, 55.
  4. ^ Lindsey, 55. Hofmann graduated 573 in a class of 700.
  5. ^ Lindsey, 370. Hofmann decided that if experts said the coin was genuine, then it was genuine, and he was cheating no one to whom he sold it.
  6. ^ Lindsey, 56.
  7. ^ a b Richard Turley, "Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case" (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1992), 205-206, 316.
  8. ^ Metcalfe, Brent. "Brent Metcalfe – Early Years, Mark Hofmann, the Salamander Letter, and the Bombings". Mormon Stories. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Lindsey, 243.
  10. ^ Lindsey, 58. Hofmann was a "hands-on father … who pushed strollers, changed diapers, and attended local ward meetings with a baby on his arm." Worrall, 233.
  11. ^ Robert Lindsey, A Gathering of Saints: A True Story of Money Murder and Deceit (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988), 65–66.
  12. ^ Lindsey, 68–69.
  13. ^ Lindsey, 66–69.
  14. ^ Lindsey, 70–71.
  15. ^ "Lindsey, 101: "At seventy-two, Hinckley had begun filling the role that would increasingly dominate his life, his role as de facto president of the church."
  16. ^ Some LDS apologists dispute the fact that the church was deceived by Hofmann's forgeries. However, on October 18, 1995, after Hofmann's arrest, Hinckley said, "I frankly admit that Hofmann tricked us .... We bought those documents only after the assurance that they were genuine .... I am not ashamed to admit that we were victimized. It is not the first time the Church has found itself in such a position. Joseph Smith was victimized again and again. The Savior was victimized. I am sorry to say that sometimes it happens." Meridian Magazine, November 2006. Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, The Mormon Murders: A True Story of Forgery, Deceit, and Death (St. Martin's, 2005), 435–37. "Early in the investigation friends of Mark Hofmann and Steven Christensen repeatedly told the detectives that they had been present when Hofmann and Christensen received telephone calls from Gordon Hinckley. Toll records showed Hofmann placed several calls to Hinckley's office from his car telephone during the week before the bombings .... But Hinckley spoke of Hofmann as if he barely recognized his name. Repeatedly when he was asked about the document, Hinckley answered: "I can't remember." Lindsey, 267. As Simon Worrall has written, Hofmann "had fooled the most powerful men in the Mormon Church ....They were seers, endowed with the power of discernment, who, according to the Book of Mormon could 'translate all records that are of ancient date.' Yet when Gordon B. Hinckley and the president of the Church, Spencer W. Kimball, had looked at the Anthon Transcript, they had been no more able to translate Hofmann's forged hieroglyphics than if they had been in Swahili. As Hofmann remembered how tears had come to their eyes, he felt a surge of sadistic pleasure." Simon Worrall, The Poet and the Murderer: A True Story of Literary Crime and the Art of Forgery (New York: Dutton, 2002), 104. Roger Launius, in a review of Linda Sillitoe and Allen Roberts, Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders, 2nd ed. (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2006) in the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 8 (1988), writes, “Equally intriguing, why was the Mormon historical community so unwilling to accept the facts of the case and only reluctantly acknowledged that Hofmann was a murderer and that his documents were fakes? I suspect it has something to do with an unwillingness to admit that Hofmann had tricked them.”
  17. ^ Richard N. Ostling and Joan K. Ostling, Mormon America: The Power and the Promise (HarperSanFrancisco, 1999), 253; Worrall, 104.
  18. ^ Ostling, 252-53. "Gordon B. Hinckley, the second counselor in the First Presidency, largely handled policy in these matters and directed the public relations responses of the church."
  19. ^ Turley, 42.
  20. ^ Lindsay, 75.
  21. ^ Lindsey, 80-81.
    In 2011, it was revealed that Hofmann had tape-recorded himself pitching the bogus document to the RLDS Church archives. (Jensen, Derek P. (29 July 2011), "Mark Hofmann tape-recorded RLDS scam while it was in progress", Salt Lake Tribune )
  22. ^ Turner, Wallace (March 19, 1981). "Mormon Document Raises Doubts On Succession Of Church's Leaders". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  23. ^ Lindsey, 80–81.
  24. ^ Lindsey, 298
  25. ^ Robert Lindsey, A Gathering of Saints (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988), 300. "It was possible, George thought, that Hofmann could have destroyed Mormonism. Perhaps that is what he wanted to do—and to get rich at the same time."
  26. ^ Lindsey, 118-19.
  27. ^ "1985 CES Doctrine and Covenants Symposium" (August 16, 1985), 22–23 at Utah Lighthouse Ministry website.
  28. ^ Utah Lighthouse Ministry website. A visibly shaken Hofmann paid the Tanners a personal visit. "Why you of all people?" he asked. (Lindsey, 136.)
  29. ^ Kenneth W. Rendell, Forging History: The Detection of Fake Letters and Documents (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1984), 130.
  30. ^ The LDS Church publicized this Hofmann creation through a press conference on August 23, 1982. The forgery was a letter complete with an 1828 Lindsey, 95, 97. ^
  31. ^ Ensign, October 1987.
  32. ^ Lindsey, 100–06.
  33. ^ Allan D. Roberts, "The Truth is the Most Important Thing: A Look at Mark W. Hofmann, the Mormon Salamander Man".
  34. ^ Lindsey, 95, 98.
  35. ^ Lindsey, 377.
  36. ^ A book has been written about the forged poem, which was sold by Sotheby's in 1997, long after Hofmann had been committed to prison. Simon Worrall, The Poet and the Murderer (New York: Dutton, 2002).
  37. ^ Brian Innes, Fakes & Forgeries: The True Crime Stories of History's Greatest Deceptions (Pleasantville, New York: Reader's Digest, 2005), 132-34
  38. ^ Lindsey, 147. For instance, Hofmann paid $22,500 for a first edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to add to a collection he was building for his wife.
  39. ^ There actually were two surviving collections of McLellin papers, neither of which Hofmann knew of. One was discovered by a Salt Lake City reporter shortly after Hofmann was injured by his own bomb. The documents were interesting—McLellin described Joseph Smith "as a corrupt, even murderous dictator who seduced young girls under the guise of divine revelation"—but the documents were not as spectacularly anti-Mormon as Hofmann had implied. Robert Lindsey, A Gathering of Saints: A true Story of Money Murder and Deceit (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988), 254–56; Introduction to the Signature Books edition of the McLellin Papers Church archives also held McLellin journals, which had been institutionally forgotten and were not revealed to exist until after Hofmann's trial. "Mormon Leaders Suppress 'Key" Item In Murder Case", from the Utah Lighthouse Ministry website Hofmann obtained on consignment from document expert Kenneth W. Rendell, two pieces of a second-century A.D. Egyptian Book of the Dead, written on papyrus, which he then cut up and passed off as material from the McLellin Papers. Rendell, 132.
  40. ^ Lindsey, 249-54.
  41. ^ Mac Christensen was founder of the Utah-area Mr. Mac clothing stores.
  42. ^ Lindsey, 179–82. On the afternoon following the bombings, Hofmann met with LDS Church apostle Dallin Oaks about the McLellin collection, a meeting which fellow document collector Brent Metcalfe believed had religious significance to Hofmann. "He's just killed two people. And what does he do? He goes down to the church office building and meets with Dallin Oaks. I can't even imagine the rush, given Hofmann's frame of reference, that this would have given him. To be standing there in front of one of God's appointed apostles, after murdering two people, and this person doesn't hear any words from God, doesn't intuit a thing. For Hofmann that must have been an absolute rush. He had pulled off the ultimate spoof against God." Simon Worrall, The Poet and the Murderer: A True Story of Literary Crime and the Art of Forgery (New York: Dutton, 2002), 232.
  43. ^ Lindsey, 21.
  44. ^ Innes, 134–37.
  45. ^ Lindsey, 260, 270–71, 274–75.
  46. ^ Lindsey, 288–91.
  47. ^ The Mormon Forgery Murders at Crime Library
  48. ^ Lindsey, 373–74. Hofmann also told Investigator Michael George that he was bewildered by the attention paid to his murder victims: "I don't feel anything for them. My philosophy is that they're dead. They're not suffering. I think life is basically worthless. They could have died just as easily in a car accident. I don't believe in God. I don't believe in an afterlife. They don't know they're dead." (378)
  49. ^ Worrall, 248: "The massive overdose of antidepressants he took soon after Dorie Olds filed for divorce [in 1987] left him lying unconscious for twelve hours on his prison cot with his right arm trapped under him. As a result of the blockage to his circulation, the muscles of his arm are atrophied. The forearm is withered almost to the bone."
  50. ^ "'Mark Hofmann was unquestionably the most skilled forger this country has ever seen,' said Charles Hamilton, a New York document dealer who is widely regarded as the nation's pre-eminent detector of forged documents. He was the first to determine that the widely publicized Hitler Diaries of several years ago were fakes. Mr. Hamilton said Mr. Hofmann 'perpetrated by far the largest monetary frauds through forgery that this country has ever had,' adding, 'He fooled me - he fooled everybody.'" New York Times, February 11, 1987.
  51. ^  
  52. ^ Mayfield, Steve (June 12, 2006). "The John D. Lee Lead Scroll".  
  53. ^ Hale, Van (October 7, 2007). "John D. Lee Scroll, Another Forgery?". Mormon Miscellaneous Worldwide Talk Show. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  54. ^ Elaine Jarvik (September 7, 2002). "'"A Hofmann forgery 'would be bombshell.  
  55. ^ Jan Shipps, Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years Among the Mormons (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000), pp. 107–08. See also John Brooke, Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644–1844 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994).
  56. ^ Richard N. Ostling and Joan K. Ostling, Mormon America: The Power and the Promise (HarperSanFrancisco, 1999), 252.
  57. ^ Ostling, 254.
  58. ^ Subsequently, the LDS Church raised higher barriers to scholars' access to church archives. According to Lindsey, The Mark Hofmann affair emboldened many scholars to penetrate deeper into Mormon history that its most conservative leaders wanted left unexplored, and that church leaders were unlikely to be able to fully contain the fires of intellectual curiosity that Hofmann helped fan. Lindsey, 372–73. In contrast, apostle Ensign, (October 1987), p. 63.


According to the Ostlings, the Hofmann forgeries could only have been perpetrated "in connection with the curious mixture of paranoia and obsessiveness with which Mormons approach church history."[57] After Hofmann's exposure, the LDS Church tried to correct the record, but the "public relations damage as well as the forgery losses meant the church was also a Hofmann victim."[58] Robert Lindsey has also suggested that Hofmann "stimulated a burst of historical inquiry regarding Joseph Smith's youthful enthusiasm for magic [that] did not wither after his conviction".[59]

A master forger, Hofmann deceived a number of renowned document experts during his short career. Some of his forgeries were accepted by scholars for years, and an unknown number of them may still be in circulation.[51][52][53][54][55] But it is Hofmann's forgeries of Mormon documents that have had the greatest historical significance. In August 1987, the sensationalist aspects of the Hofmann case led apostle Dallin H. Oaks to believe that church members had witnessed "some of the most intense LDS Church-bashing since the turn of the [20th] century." A student of Mormonism, Jan Shipps, agreed that press reports "contained an astonishing amount of innuendo associating Hofmann's plagiarism with Mormon beginnings. Myriad reports alleged secrecy and cover-up on the part of LDS general authorities, and not a few writers referred to the way in which a culture that rests on a found scripture is particularly vulnerable to the offerings of con-artists."[56]


[50] After Hofmann was imprisoned, he was

In 1988, before the Utah Board of Pardons, Hofmann said that he thought planting the bomb that killed Kathy Sheets was "almost a game … at the time I made the bomb, my thoughts were that it didn't matter if it was Mrs. Sheets, a child, a dog … whoever" was killed. Within the hour the parole board, impressed by Hofmann's "callous disregard for human life," decided that he would indeed serve his "natural life in prison."[49]

[48] Hofmann was arrested in January 1986 and charged with a total of 27 counts, including murder, forgery, possession of an

Document examiner George Throckmorton analyzed several Hofmann documents that had previously been deemed authentic and determined they were forgeries. Three letters purportedly written from an Illinois prison by Joseph Smith used different ink, paper, and writing instruments. (Because the letters had been authenticated by different experts, the inconsistencies had earlier escaped detection.) Throckmorton also discovered that some documents, supposedly written by different people, had similar writing styles and that they had been written with homemade Book of Common Prayer once owned by Martin Harris.[47]

During the bombing investigation, police discovered evidence of the forgeries in Hofmann's basement. They also found the engraving plant where he had had the forged plate for the "Oath of a Freeman" made. (Hofmann had made two significant errors in his "Oath," creating a version impossible to have been set in type.[45])

Trial and sentencing

In a desperate effort to buy more time, Hofmann began constructing bombs. On October 15, 1985, he first killed document collector Steven Christensen, the son of a locally prominent clothier, Mac Christensen.[42] Later the same day, a second bomb killed Kathy Sheets, the wife of Christensen's former employer. As Hofmann had intended, police initially suspected that the bombings were related to the impending collapse of an investment business of which Sheets's husband, J. Gary Sheets, was the principal and Christensen his protégé.[43] The following day, Hofmann himself was severely injured when a bomb exploded in his car. Although police quickly focused on Hofmann as the suspect in the bombings, some of Hofmann's business associates went into hiding, fearing they might also become victims.[44]

[41] Those to whom Hofmann had promised documents or repayments of debts began to hound him, and the sale of the "Oath of a Freeman" was delayed by questions about its authenticity.[40] In an effort to clear his debts, he attempted to broker a sale of the "McLellin collection”—a supposedly extensive group of documents written by [39] Despite the considerable amounts of money Hofmann had made from document sales, he was deeply in debt, in part because of his increasingly lavish lifestyle and his purchases of genuine first-edition books.


In addition to documents from Mormon history, Hofmann also forged and sold signatures of many famous non-Mormons, including Oath of a Freeman". The one-page "Oath" had been printed in 1639, the first document to be printed in Britain's American colonies; but only about fifty copies had been made, and none of these was extant. A genuine example was probably worth over one million dollars in 1985, and Hofmann's agents began to negotiate a sale to the Library of Congress.[38]

"Oath of a Freeman"

To make this sudden flood of important Mormon documents seem plausible, Hofmann explained that he relied on a network of tipsters, had methodically tracked down modern descendants of early Mormons, and had mined collections of 19th-century letters that had been saved by collectors for their postmarks rather than for their contents.[35]

In 1983, Hofmann bypassed the LDS Church's historical department and sold to Gordon B. Hinckley, a member of the First Presidency of the church, an 1825 Joseph Smith holograph purporting to confirm that Smith had been treasure hunting and practicing black magic five years after his First Vision. Hofmann had the signature authenticated by Charles Hamilton, the contemporary "dean of American autograph dealers," sold the letter to the church for $15,000, and gave his word that no one else had a copy.[33] Then Hofmann leaked its existence to the press, after which the church was virtually forced to release the letter to scholars for study, despite previously denying it had it in its possession.[34]

No one is certain how many forged documents Hofmann created during the early 1980s, but they included a letter from Joseph Smith's mother, Lucy Mack Smith, describing the origin of the Book of Mormon;[30] letters from Martin Harris and David Whitmer, two of the Three Witnesses, each giving a personal account of their visions;[31] a contract between Smith and Egbert Bratt Grandin for the printing of the first edition of the Book of Mormon; and two pages of the original Book of Mormon manuscript taken in dictation from Smith to Oliver Cowdery.[32]

Other Mormon forgeries

In 1984, [29]

After the letter had been purchased for the church and become public knowledge, LDS Church apostle Dallin Oaks asserted to Mormon educators that the words "white salamander" could be reconciled with Smith's Angel Moroni because, in the 1820s, the word salamander might also refer to a mythical being thought to be able to live in fire, and a "being that is able to live in fire is a good approximation of the description Joseph Smith gave of the Angel Moroni."[27]

Perhaps the most notorious of Hofmann's Mormon forgeries, the [26]

Salamander letter

During the race by the Utah and Missouri churches to acquire the blessing document, Hofmann discovered "a lever to exercise enormous power over his church," a power to "menace and manipulate its leaders with nothing more sinister than a sheet of paper."[24] Salt Lake County District Attorney's investigator Michael George believed that, after Hofmann had successfully forged the blessing, his ultimate goal was to create the lost 116 pages of the Book of Mormon, which he could have filled with inconsistencies and errors, sell them "to the church to be hidden away" and then—as he had done often with embarrassing documents — "make sure its contents were made public."[25]

[23] and the LDS Church was forced to confirm the discovery and publicly present the document to the RLDS Church.[22] headline read, "Mormon Document Raises Doubts on Succession of Church's Leaders,"New York Times Nevertheless, Hofmann also ensured that the document would be made public. The next day a [21] In 1981, Hofmann arrived at the headquarters of the LDS Church with a document which supposedly provided evidence that

During the early 1980s, a significant number of new Mormon documents came into the marketplace. Sometimes the church received these as donations, and others it purchased. According to the Ostlings, "The church publicized some of the acquisitions; it orchestrated public relations for some that were known to be sensitive; others it acquired secretly and suppressed."[18]

Joseph Smith III blessing

Hofmann promptly dropped out of school and went into business as a dealer in rare books. He soon fabricated other historically significant documents and became noted among LDS Church history buffs for his "discoveries" of previously unknown materials pertaining to the Latter Day Saint movement. These deceived not only members of the First Presidency — notably Gordon B. Hinckley, then the de facto president of the church due to the poor health of more senior leaders[15] — but also document experts and distinguished historians.[16] According to Richard and Joan Ostling, Hofmann was by this time a "closet apostate" motivated not only by greed but also by "the desire to embarrass the church by undermining church history."[17]

Hofmann constructed his version to fit Anthon's description of the document, and its "discovery" made Hofmann's reputation. Dean Jessee, an editor of Joseph Smith's papers and the best-known expert on handwriting and old documents in the Historical Department of the LDS Church, concluded that the document was a Joseph Smith holograph. The LDS Church announced the discovery of the Anthon Transcript in April and purchased it from Hofmann for more than $20,000.[12] Appraised by the LDS Church for $25,000, it was purchased on October 13 in exchange for several artifacts the church owned in duplicate, including a $5 gold Mormon coin, Deseret banknotes, and a first edition of the Book of Mormon. Assuming the document to be genuine, prominent Mormon academic Hugh Nibley predicted that the discovery promised "as good a test as we'll ever get of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon" because he thought the paper might be translated.[13] The eccentric Barry Fell shortly claimed to have decoded the text.[14]

In 1980, Hofmann said that he had found a 17th-century King James Bible with a folded paper gummed inside.[11] The document seemed to be the transcript that Joseph Smith's scribe Martin Harris had presented to Charles Anthon, a Columbia classics professor, in 1828. According to the Mormon scripture Joseph Smith–History, the transcript and its unusual "reformed Egyptian" characters were copied by Smith from the golden plates from which he translated the Book of Mormon.

Hofmann forgery of "Reformed Egyptian" document, LDS archives. Note the columnar arrangement and the "Mexican Calendar" described by Anthon

Anthon Transcript forgery


After Hofmann returned from his mission, he enrolled as a pre-med major at Utah State University. In 1979, he married Doralee Olds, and the couple eventually had four children.[10] Dorie Olds Hofmann filed for divorce in 1987 and became co-founder of a holistic healing company.

Like many young men in the LDS Church, Hofmann volunteered to spend two years as an LDS missionary, and in 1973 the church sent him to the England Southwest Mission, where he was based in Bristol. Hofmann told his parents that he had baptized several converts; he did not tell them that he had also perused Fawn Brodie's biography of Joseph Smith, No Man Knows My History. While in England, Hofmann also enjoyed investigating bookshops and buying early Mormon material as well as books critiquing Mormonism.[6] Hofmann later told prosecutors that he had lost his faith in the LDS Church when he was about fourteen,[7][8] and a former girlfriend believed he performed his mission only because of social pressure and the desire not to disappoint his parents.[9]


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