Everything you need to know about Mark Hofmann – subject of new Netflix series

Netflix's latest big release hits screens today – and Murder Among The Mormons is set to be the next must-watch crime docuseries.

More than three decades ago the Church suffered one of its darkest days.

A Mormon missionary named Mark Hofmann killed two people and injured himself with three bomb blasts in Utah. Netflix cover how his life spin out of control and those he took down on the way.

Born in December 1954 in Utah, US, Hofmann is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished forgers in history.

He was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by two devoutly religious parents, but things unravelled – and it lead to murder.

The 1985 Salt Lake City attack left people shaken and the story behind the explosions have until now never been told.

Steve Christensen and Kathy Sheets were killed as Hofmann tried to cover up other crimes – including forgeries of precious Mormon historical documents.

He avoided the possibility of death sentence by pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and theft by deception.

It left families angry and demanding answers as the "best forger to get caught" took two lives as he destroyed his own.

During the bombing investigation, police discovered evidence of the forgeries in killer's basement.

The trailer for the three-hour programme opens with the chilling words: "The only way to keep a secret between two people is to kill one of them – it's kind of true."

Docuseries co-director Tyler Measom told Deseret News: “There’s no shame in being dunked on by Michael Jordan, he’s the best. Many people were fooled by Mark Hofmann.

“He was the best forger who’s ever been caught.”

Hofmann wrote to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole in 1988.

"I told myself that my survival and that of my family was the most important thing," he said, according to Deseret News.

"That my victims might die that day in a car accident or from a heart attack anyway.

"I thought about the Nazi Holocaust, the earthquake in Mexico, and other disasters."

The 66-year-old is still behind bars today – although he was moved out of a maximum security facility and into a state prison six years ago.

A description of the series reads: "The murders send further shockwaves through the community when a trove of early Mormon letters and diaries are found destroyed in the vehicle of the third victim, a renowned collector of rare documents, including the infamous White Salamander Letter – an artifact whose contents threatened to shake the very foundations of Mormonism.

"As he fights for his life, investigators race to uncover the truth."

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