February 4, 2021

Netflix Announces New Three-Part Documentary Series Murder Among the Mormons

Premieres Globally on March 3, 2021

From Directors Jared Hess and Tyler Measom and Executive Producer Joe Berlinger

A BBC Studios Production

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Los Angeles, CA – Netflix today announced a new three-part documentary series, Murder Among the Mormons, which will premiere globally on March 3, 2021.

  • Logline: A three-part documentary series on a trio of bombings in 1985 that shocked the Salt Lake City Mormon community and threatened the historical foundations of the church altogether.
  • Synopsis: Salt Lake City, 1985. A series of pipe bombs kills two people and severely injures another, jolting the epicenter of the LDS Church. 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, Mark Hofmann, 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 Hofmann fights for his life, investigators race to uncover the truth. Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and Tyler Measom (An Honest Liar), 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.
  • Quote from Directors Jared Hess and Tyler Measom: “For a generation of those raised in the Mormon faith, ourselves included, the story of the 1985 bombings in Salt Lake City will forever be a part of the mythology of the culture. It was a tragic and complex episode in Utah’s recent history, two innocent people lost their lives and countless others were deceived. However, most people in the community prefer not to talk about it. The allure and infamy of the story — the bombings, the Salamander Letter, Mark Hofmann — seem more relevant today than ever and we wanted to be able to share this remarkable tale from the perspective of those who actually lived it.”
  • Quote from Ryan O’Dowd, Senior Vice President, Entertainment Development, LA Productions, BBC Studios: “For the first time in more than three decades, Murder Among the Mormons illuminates a dark chapter when a series of deadly pipe bombs had a profound impact on an entire community of faith. As documentary story tellers, we are passionate about exploring the untold stories behind epic events. We value the opportunity to partner with Netflix and our talented directors to bring this unbelievable story to a global audience.”
  • Credits: Murder Among the Mormons is a BBC Studios Production. The series is directed by Jared Hess and Tyler Measom. Executive producers are Joe Berlinger, Ryan O’Dowd, Jared Hess and Tyler Measom. Produced by Jannat Gargi.