Mark Hofmann tried to create evidence of the Spalding Conspiracy. There has long been a theory that Book of Mormon was plagiarized from a manuscript originally written by Solomon Spaulding (or Spalding.) The problem with the theory is that there was never a connection between Joseph Smith and Solomon Spaulding—until Mark Hofmann came up with a document. Steve Mayfield talks about buying this Hofmann forgery.
Steve: So, in January of 2000, the former owner of Cosmic Aeroplane sold it to Ken Sanders who used to work there. He now had his own bookstore there in Salt Lake, Ken Sanders Books. Well he had it on display and I’m just sitting there just [thinking], “Oh, oh, I love it.” But it was like $4,000 they wanted for it. Well, I had enough in a credit card, so I bought it from him.
GT: Oh my goodness.
Steve: In August of 2000. So, for four years I owned a Hofmann.
GT: You knew it was a forgery.
Steve: Yeah, Yeah. I mean he sold it as that. The minute he sold it after I bought it, I take it back to the office and show George [Throckmorton.] He showed some things on the document that only he and I know.
I guess this proves there is a market for Hofmann forgeries! What do you think of Steve’s purchase?
Check out our conversation, as well as Steve’s other conversations….
194: What is the Dead Lee Scroll? (Mayfield)
193: John D. Lee’s Role in Mountain Meadows Massacre (Mayfield)
192: Mormons & the FBI (Mayfield)
191: Steve Mayfield: Crime Photographer (Mayfield)
190: Mormon Connection in Patty Hearst Kidnapping (Mayfield)