Troy, Amy, and Clay wrap up their discussion about Mark Hofmann and the Salamander Letter Bombings. They discuss the forgeries and events that lead to Hofmann’s capture; outline the events of his prosecution; and discuss the implications of Mark Hofmann’s actions on individuals as well as the church in general.
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***Correction: Brent Ashworth was the “vice president and corporate attorney for Nature Sunshine Products,” according to Sillitoe and Roberts’ “Salamander.” He was not the owner or founder.
***At the end of the episode, Clay starts speculating wildy and mentions papers he is suspicious the church has hid. An overview of the papers that he refers to can be found below. Clay has taken steps to find out what has happened to these papers, but he has not yet been successful.
John Varah Long papers
Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders
The Mormon Murders: A True Story of Greed, Forgery, Deceit and Death
Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case
The Poet and the Murderer: A True Story of Literary Crime and the Art of Forgery
Register of the Mark Hofmann Case Collection
The Tanners’ examination of the documents and the Josiah Stowell letter
The Salamander Letter
Early Mormonism and the Magic World View — D. Michael Quinn
Mormon Expression — D&C 8 & 9 for dummies – Part 1
Mormon Expression — D&C 8 & 9 for dummies – Part 2
Reading Church History–Dallin Oaks
Reading Church History–Dallin Oaks (Version distributed to CES)
Letter to Seminary Teachers on how to deal with the Salamander Letter