Ashworth thinks Hofmann could have merely been attempting to make a collection of documents look more appealing to the historical society.
Bagley, however, is not convinced it is a Hofmann — yet. "I'm not sure the people attributing it to Hofmann are completely disinterested in adding another notch to the great forger's gun," Bagley said with a laugh.
Turley said, "People are at times eager to name something as a Hofmann forgery. … We don't have a videotape of Hofmann creating the forgery, but if you take the fact that it is conclusively a forgery and add to that the fact that it passed through the hands of Mark Hofmann, then I don't think that it strains credulity to say in this case that it is a Hofmann forgery."
William Edwards had served as a bishop in the LDS Church from 1898 to 1913 and died in 1925. Without a forged affidavit to connect him to the Mountain Meadows Massacre, Edwards may fade back into history. The forger, however, may still continue to impact history, Notarianni said.
"I think we are going to be discovering stuff Mark Hofmann did for years to come."
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