Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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Hofmann Admits Forgery



Mark Hofmann, "Salamander Letter", prison


F.A.R.M.S. members outside of Utah may be unaware of new developments regarding Mark Hofmann, who has recently pleaded guilty to reduced murder and fraud charges and has been sentenced to prison. Part of the plea bargaining included Hofmann's agreement to tell all about his forging of documents purporting to related to LDS Church and colonial U.S. history. Hofmann has admitted that the "Salamander Letter" was a hoax, and indications are that all major documents he "found" during the past nine years may prove to have been extremely clever and insidious frauds. The sadness of this situation is inexpressible. We extend our deepest regrets to all those who have been touched in any way by this perversion.