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Mark Hofmann Part Three: The Art Of Forgery


Besides being important figures in American history and letters, what do Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln and many others have in common? All had documents forged in their name by Utah’s Mark Hofmann.

There’s a moment in the Netflix docuseries Murder Among the Mormons when co-director Tyler Measom asks Shannon Flynn if Hofmann really was the best forger of all times. Flynn, a long-time associate of Hofmann’s, replies, “Don’t ask me that. I don’t want to make a hero out of him, because he was fantastic. No one has come close to doing what he has done.” We’ll talk this Friday at noon about Hofmann’s work as a forger, first with archivist Daniel Lombardo, who, in 1997, purchased what he believed to be an undiscovered Emily Dickinson poem written in her own hand and then with Hofmann expert and author Simon Worrall.


  • Daniel Lombardo is the former curator of Special Collections at the Jones Library of Amherst, Massachusetts. He is now a theater director and writer. 
  • Simon Worrall is the author of The Poet and the Murderer : A True Story of Verse, Violence and the Art of Forgery. [IndieBound|Amazon|Audible| Bookshop]
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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