Volume 34, Issue 4 (July 1989)
A Review of Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders
Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders is a well-written discussion of the Mark Hofmann bombing murders that took place in Salt Lake City in October of 1985. The authors have sorted through a wealth of interviews, police reports, court transcripts, news stories, and historical documents to craft their account of Mark Hofmann's intricate web of forgery and deceit that culminated in the pipe bomb killings of two people. The narrative is well paced and very readable. While directed primarily at the general reader, this book should be of interest to those in forensic science fields, particularly document examiners, homicide and fraud investigators, and attorneys. The appendix by Mr. George J. Throckmorton, giving a forensic science analysis of 21 Hofmann documents, is especially interesting with its discussion of the techniques used to expose the Hofmann forgeries.