Murder Among the Mormons: What to Know About the Controversial "White Salamander" Letter

Murder Among the Mormons: What to Know About the Controversial
Murder Among the Mormons, Netflix's latest true-crime offering, dives into not only the 1985 Salt Lake City bombings but also the Mormon church's dealings with scandalous papers. The perpetrator of the lethal bombings was a document dealer named Mark Hofmann. Outwardly unassuming, Hofmann maintained an intricate web of lies: he was a master forger, a scammer who penned the works of figures such as George Washington, Betsy Ross, and Emily Dickinson. His specialties were controversial works that concerned the Mormon church. Leading up to the bombings, Hofmann was best known as the person who revealed the controversial "white salamander" letter, which challenged the foundation of the Mormon church.

Before people found out that Hofmann was a scammer, the white salamander letter shocked everyone in the Mormon community. As Hofmann presented it in the early '80s, the document was written in 1830 by Joseph Smith's scribe Martin Harris to early Lds convert William Phelps.
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