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Netflix Drop Chilling New True Crime Series Murder Among The Mormons

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Netflix Drop Chilling New True Crime Series Murder Among The Mormons

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Murder Among the Mormons

Could this be your next true crime obsession? Netflix has just dropped a new documentary series, Murder Among the Mormons - and it looks seriously chilling.

It follows a series of events that took place in Salt Lake City, 1985, starting with a series of pipe bombings that killed two people and severely injured another - rocking the Latter Day Saint (LDS) church community to its core.

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The murders sent further shockwaves through the group when a trove of early Mormon letters and diaries were found destroyed in the vehicle of the third victim, Mark Hofmann.

Mark was a renowned collector of rare documents, including the infamous White Salamander Letter - an artefact whose contents threatened to shake the very foundations of Mormonism.

As Hofmann fought for his life, investigators raced to uncover the truth.

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The three episodes are directed by Jared Hess - the director behind the iconic teen comedy Napoleon Dynamite - and Tyler Measom (An Honest Liar).

Netflix says Murder Among the Mormons is the first comprehensive look at one of the most shocking crimes to have ever taken place among the Mormon community, and the criminal mastermind behind it all.

In Salt Lake City, 1985 a series of pipe bombs kills two people and severely injures another and rocks the community(Credit: Netflix)
In Salt Lake City, 1985 a series of pipe bombs kills two people and severely injures another and rocks the community(Credit: Netflix)

When describing the impact the discovery of the White Salamander Letter had at the time, Jared said: "For me, one of the most interesting things about the whole story is how the Salamander Letter exploited a faithful Latter Day Saint's deepest fears.

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"It directly challenged the origin story of their faith, and something that they hold dear and sacred. The chain reaction of events that occurred following that were just unfathomable.

"There was a sigh of relief that the Salamander Letter turned out to be a forgery, but for a lot of people it did raise questions."

Netflix says the doc is the first comprehensive look at one of the most shocking crimes to have ever taken place among the Mormon community (Credit: Netflix)
Netflix says the doc is the first comprehensive look at one of the most shocking crimes to have ever taken place among the Mormon community (Credit: Netflix)

Tyler also described how the project came to be, "Altogether, we were in development for about four years, but it really started in 1985," he said.

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"Jared and I were both raised in the Mormon faith and the story of these bombings, the Salamander Letter, and Mark Hofmann were a part of the world we grew up in. It was a part of our culture.

"In 2014, I'd started the process of putting the documentary together and I got wind from a mutual friend that Jared was also very interested in this story, so we agreed over sushi rolls to do the project together."

All three episodes are available to stream on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, True Crime, TV News, Documentary, Netflix

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