Murder Among the Mormons | Official Trailer | Netflix | Releases March 3, 2021 | Mark Hofmann and the Salamander Letters
The October 1985 bombings that killed two people and seriously injured another in Salt Lake City is infamous in the lore of everything sordid that ever happened in the state of Utah—and in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Wednesday, March 3, can’t come soon enough for those that like to poke around in these unique (and gruesome) happenings.
The story of Mark Hofmann and the bombings “always kind of existed in the periphery of the local culture,” said Tyler Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”), who directed and produced “Murder” with his partner, Tyler Measom (“An Honest Liar”) for BBC Studios Production. “It, like, ‘Oh yeah, I remember hearing something like that.’ But nobody really knows the details of what occurred.”
There are, of course, some who remember. But the bombings took place more than 35 years ago, and a lot of people — both in Utah and elsewhere — are little more than vaguely aware of what happened. Hess said he shows some early cuts of “Murder” to his brother, who’s in the bishopric of his Latter-day Saints ward in Idaho, “and he didn’t know anything about the story. He knew of it. But no details. No details at all.”
The story involves not just the bombings but the forgeries created by Hofmann, some of which he sold to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or its agents. And Measom and Hess spent years turning the enormous case into a documentary Netflix viewers can binge in one sitting, or spread it over three or more days.
High-stakes exploits turn deadly — and shake a global church to its core — in this extraordinary true crime story.
Co-Directors Jared Hess and Tyler Measom join us on the day of the series release to give us all the spoilers, behind the scenes information AND everything that they wish they could have included if they had the time.