Review: Murder Among the Mormons

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Murder Among the Mormons, Netflix’s latest true-crime documentary, is well worth the watch. Detailing the events of the 1985 Utah bombings, this three-episode series will have your full attention while revealing twists and turns that you won’t predict.

Right off the bat, producers introduce one of the docuseries’ most interesting characters, Shannon Flynn. Dressed in a three-piece suit topped with a bow tie and a gold chain around his body, he speaks wildly in a high-pitch voice about the bombing’s perpetrator (Warning: Massive spoiler!), Mark Hofmann.

“Can I ask a favor?” says Flynn. “Don’t make me answer that. Don’t make me answer that. Let someone else do it. I don’t want to make a hero out of him. Because he WAS fantastic.”

Referring to Hofmann’s capability to discover documents that shook the foundations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Unbeknownst to viewers, Hofmann is the opposite of a master document collector, he’s a master document forger.

Mark Hofmann’s most famous forgery, The Salamander Letter.

When suspicions arise about Hofmann’s findings, one of his associates, Steve Christensen, is killed along with the wife of one of his business partners, Kathy Sheets, in two serape pipe bomb attacks.

The last of three pipe bomb explosions detonated in Hofmann’s car.

Hofmann’s car after the bombing, which he survived.

“I commanded him to live.” Said a passerby who attended to Hofmann before paramedics arrived, thinking he was another victim in an unsolved series of bombings. In reality, this bombing was either a suicide attempt or an accidental detonation.

Unlike most true-crime series, this one didn’t seem too long or too short and for the most part, wasn’t repetitive. It also featured a good diversity of interviewees, including Hofmann’s former business associates, his ex-wife, prosecutors on the case, and document analyzers, to name a few.

Unfortunately, Hofmann declined to be interviewed for the series. Nevertheless, producers were able to add clips of his confession tapes which helped make-up for his absence, along with home videos.

Shannon Flynn in the introductory scene of the docuseries.

My one critique for this series is that there were a few big questions that felt looked-over or even unanswered. At the end of the day, there’s much more to this case than what can fit into a three-episode documentary, so the producers did a good job for the amount of time they had.

Murder Among the Mormons is a must-see for any true-crime fan. It’s safe to say that it can be added to the growing list of Netflix’s successful true-crime shows, such as Making a Murderer, American Murder: The Family Next Door, and Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. 

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