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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (5 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250025893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250025890
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 577,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 2000
Format: Paperback
I was amazed with the "talented" efforts of Mark Hoffman. At first, it looked like the Mormon Church was really criminally hiding what it believed to be true facts.
Then it turned out that they were really criminally protecting the "facts" that Mark Hoffman invented.
I don't want to go into details, but I believe that if more Mormons would read this book with an open mind, praying that God would truly enlighten them, they would promptly leave the Mormon Church, and seek the real truth, as it is stated in the Holy Bible.
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80 of 93 people found the following review helpful
Hard to put the book down 28 July 2005
By Philip J. Bohlken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book holds the reader's attention in the same way a Tom Clancy novel holds one's attention, but this book tells the true story of three bombings in squeaky clean Salt Lake City in 1985 that resulted in two fatalities. "The Mormon Documents Murders" would have been a more accurate title, though.

The story has at least two levels. The first is that of Mark Hofmann, who made a regular habit of 'unearthing' long-missing documents from early Mormon history. He is the same Mark Hofmann, who as a boy showed a friend how he could make an ordinary silver dime into a rare coin by changing the mint mark with his home electroplating setup. There is enough suspense in the Hofmann subplot to make this book well worth reading.

But, the Hofmann portion of the story could never have happened were it not for persistent fear of the Mormon Church leadership that early Mormon historical documents could discredit the Church in the eyes of the faithful if they were to be found and made public. Hofmann played on this fear by claiming to have located various documents and offering them to the Church leadership at huge sums before someone hostile to the Church might acquire them and publish their contents. The Church leadership sought to get the documents by arranging their purchase through third parties who would then donate them to the Church so that the Church could plausibly deny it possessed the documents. These documents would then be placed into The Vault where they would never again see the light of day.

If this sounds like too much conspiracy theory to spin, the reader should wait until he or she gets to the portion of the book dealing with the investigation and trial of Mark Hofmann. Evidence that Hofmann had killed two people was overwhelming, but the entire legal system began rapidly to lose interest in prosecuting him when it became known that the Mormon Church wanted no part of the publicity that would be generated by all of the disclosures coming out in a trial. Gordon B. Hinckley, then not yet the head of the Mormon Church, simply told the lead detective he was not interested in testifying about his involvement in purchasing documents from Mark Hofmann, and he eventually got away with it! As intriguing as Mark Hofmann's tortured plots are, the glimpses into the Mormon Church and its influence over the media and the legal system in Salt Lake City are equally fascinating.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
One of the best true crime books ever written 9 Sep 2007
By D. Rail - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a very detailed story of the infamous Mormon Murders case, wherein a fraudulent dealer in rare documents decided to kill off everyone who might reveal his deceptions.

Delves deeply into the daily routine and hierarchy of the Mormon Church. Does not whitewash anything. Also highlights the mountain of evidence against the murderer. Blends the elements of the criminal case with the culture that surrounds it.

This book will shock people and educate them as well.
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A MUST READ FOR TRUE CRIME FANS 27 May 2005
By P. A. Lavins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Any reader who appreciates the genre of true crime books will want to add this book to their collection. This well-researched book is skillful in telling a murder tale without revealing all of the minute details too soon and lessening your reading enjoyment. Although the murder and trial were recent national events that were chronicled in the media, the story was a new one for me and this enhanced my appreciation of the well laid out drama.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Try to just read a little of this and stop... 12 Feb 2012
By Lavender1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
What an astounding story. Some people might criticize this book for being too long winded or biased against the Mormon church, but I can not imagine anyone could be less than intrigued by this true tale. Bombings, murder, deception by powerful religious leaders, manipulation of the judiciary, back door deals, suppression of the press, forgeries of historical documents--who wouldn't find this fascinating?

Along the way the reader gets a look behind the Mormon curtain. It doesn't make for a very comforting bedtime story in the current political climate.

This is a five star story told in a four star manner. It is too detailed for my taste. But let's not quibble too much--just pick It up, then see if you can stop reading.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
True Account of Mormon Mark Hoffman Forgeries and Murders 20 Aug 2012
By Kay Burningham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an outstanding true crime account of former missionary, Mark Hoffman's extensive document forgeries, which fooled even the very elite in the LDS Church hierarchy. Naifeh and White suggest the ecclesiogenic neuroses exhibited by the Mormon characters, while maintaining a fast-paced story line. Two other accounts of the Hoffman crimes (which eventually includes murder) were written by members of the Chruch and are superficial treatments of the devious and murderous Hoffman tale. Neither of them are as well written, nor as accurately detailed, as the Naifeh/White Smith account. This book makes clear the interplay and corruption that is sometimes seen between the LDS Church hierarchy and Utah government, in this case, even the judicial system.

Kay Burningham, author of "An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism."
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