October 15, 1985 was one of those idyllic Salt Lake City fall days: deep blue skies, trees covered in red and gold leaves. And then, two pipe bombs exploded in different parts of the city, killing two people.
As the details of the bombings started to emerge, the story took a bizarre turn to implicate a man who, just a short time later, became the target of a third bomb. Rare documents dealer Mark Hofmann survived, but authorities were baffled by what they were learning about him. Hofmann was a 31-year-old wunderkind dealer who had the seemingly magical ability to sniff out and uncover lost historical documents. And his specialty was finding documents about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – documents that didn’t always confirm church teachings. With the release of the new Netflix docuseries Murder Among the Mormons, we’ll examine the many sides of Hofmann’s story with directors Tyler Measom and Jared Hess this Friday at noon.