Murder Among the Mormons released on Netflix today, March 3rd, and tells the crimes of Mark Hofmann, a con-man and murderer. But, where is he now?
Mark Hofmann lived a career of fraud and forgery, selling fake historical documents to the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Under the guise of being a rare-book dealer, he created and sold documents which even seemingly rewrote Mormon history, specifically the Salamander.
When his cons began to crumble around him, he planted bombs of those involved in the deal in a bid to distract and buy time to make the forgeries. With two bombs he killed Steven Christensen and Kathy Sheets.
In 1986, he was arrested for first-degree murder, constructing a bomb, delivering a bomb and communication fraud. He took a plea deal and was sentenced to five years to life in prison.
Where is Mark Hofmann now?
Up until 2016, he was at Utah State Prison, but Mark Hofmann is now at the Central Utal Correctional Facility, according to official records. He was originally held in a high-security prison, amid fears of his notoriety, but they now are diminished.
In 1988, Mark Hofmann reportedly attempted suicide in his cell by overdosing on antidepressants. He was revived but reportedly left with a permanently disabled hand after spending 12 hours laying on it. Coincidentally, it’s the same hand he penned his forgeries with.
A year after his guilty plea, his wife Doralee Olds filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason. Their four children are kept away from the public eye, with no knowledge of even their names.
It’s widely believed that Mark Hofmann will spend the rest of his life in prison, a notion reportedly agreed by the Utah parole board.
Is he still friend with Shannon Flynn from Murder Among the Morons?
Netflix’s Murder Among the Mormons tells the story of Mark Hofmann’s crimes with insider knowledge from Shannon Flynn, an ex-friend of his. Shannon was a genuine rare-book dealer, and even performed business deals with Hofmann.
Although the pair have seemingly no communication in recent years, Shannon Flynn confirmed in a 2017 interview that he visited the inmate about six times in 1991 and wrote back and forth. However, he adds that he hasn’t visited him since.