A film is now in pre-production about the Mark Hofmann episode. Mark
Hofmann was an active Mormon who forged documents and sold them to the Church
and others for profit. Hofmann wanted to prove the Church wong, probably to prove something to
his overbearing McConkite father. But, when Hofmann discovered he could beome rich via
his forgeries, it became about the money. When his debts got too big, and he needed to uby time,
he killed two innocent people with pipe-bombs, and was on his way to kill a third, when he dropped his own bomb and injured himself. The prosecutor wanted to give him a death sentence, but Hinckley pressured him into offering Hofmann a "deal" of 5 years to life, because Hinckley did not want to testify at the trial and be asked embarassing questions such as:
*who authorized that the Church arrange for a 185,000 dollar loan for Hofmann, without collatoral, from First Interstate Bank?
*You claim to be a Prophet with the spirit of discernment, but did you not buy forgeries for five years? Why couldn't you discern Hofmann?
Etc. Hofmann is still in prison because after he was in prison for a few months he tried to get other inmates, who were leaving prison soon, to murder the members of the Parole Board. Thus, his Parole has consistently been revoked for the last 27 years.
The title of the film has not been determined. Some have suggested THE MAN WHO FOOLED GOD, since it was believed in the 1980s, thanks to McConkie's MORMON DOCTRINE, that to fool the Living Prophet was as possible as fooling God Himself (i.e. it was not possible). The film will NOT be kind to Church leaders who were involved with Hofmann at the time: Hinckley, Oaks, and Pinnock. Only Oaks is alive today. The film has not begun shooting yet. Funding has not yet been gotten, but a script is written.
Sounds interesting. I just started reading "The Mormon Murders" again.
CBS planned to do "The Mormon Murders" as a 7 hour miniseries in 1991, I think, but the Church sent lawyers and had secret "meetings" with CBS, and CBS cancelled the miniseries. Sad huh? I would have SO enjoyed watching that miniseries! I'm sure the Church would have lost at least 10,000 Members because of that miniseries. The film in question will be straight to DVD. However, you'll be able to order it on Netflix, and buy it at Blockbuster (if there are any left...all the Blockbusters in my city are closed). Also, it "may" be shown for one weekend at a Salt Lake City "arthouse" cinema, so that the Tribune will write a review of it. Expect it out in about a year. It'll be fun to watch.
I look forward to watching it