Salamander: the story of the Mormon forgery murders : with a new afterword

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Signature Books, 1989 - Religion - 570 pages
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Drawing from thousands of pages of police reports, court documents, interviews, letters, and diaries, Sillitoe's and Roberts's narrative cuts through the complexities of this famous crime investigation to deliver a gripping, Capote-esque tale. They embrace the details, then lay them out systematically as seen through the eyes of the detectives, victims, and the perpetrator. The darkest secrets unravel gradually, allowing the reader fleeting glimpses of the infamous salamander as it ducks in and out of its fabricator's head.

What was the "salamander letter" and why were so many people determined to possess -- and to conceal -- it? Why was this one of the most unusual cases in American forensic history?

A skilled con artist by anyone's assessment, Mark Hofmann eluded exposure by police and document authenticators -- the FBI, Library of Congress, the LDS church historical department, and polygraph experts -- until George Throckmorton discovered the tell-tale microscopic alligatoring that was characteristic,of the forgeries. What ensued was a suspense-ridden cat-and-mouse game between seasoned prosecutors and a clever, homicidal criminal. In the end, this story verifies the saying that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

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Review: Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders with a New Afterword

User Review  - Karyn - Goodreads

I usually like these types of stories but I found this one a little dry and there were lots of names to memorize. But interesting overall. Read full review

Review: Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders with a New Afterword

User Review  - Becca - Goodreads

Super interesting non-fiction read about the forgeries and bombings that occurred in the 80's. This book honestly read more like a Dan Brown book than a historical account. The authors weren't LDS ... Read full review

Contents

Pipe Bombs in the City of the Saints
3
The Third Bomb Victim
27
An Unprecedented Investigation
48
Copyright

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About the author (1989)

Sillitoe is a journalist (Deseret News, Utah Holiday).

Roberts an award-winning architect and Utah Advisor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.