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Murder Among the Mormons

By Marina Gordon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Riveting docuseries features archival violence.

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Even though the murderer here isn't much of a mystery, his motivations, methods, and the details of his deception are fascinating and unfold at a quick, addictive pace. Once viewers get to the end of this twisty true crime story, they'll wonder how 35 years passed before it made it to the screen. Co-directors Jared Hess (who grew up Mormon and is best known for Napoleon Dynamite) and Tyler Measom bring a deep understanding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, how the documents that drive the story affected the church leadership, and why a dealer in historical documents would be considered a rock star.

Some of the real-life participants in the story are downright cinematic, particularly bow-tied Shannon Flynn, who had a passion for Uzis in his younger days, and prosecutor Gerry D'Elia, a skier and drinker whose team cracked the case. Equally visual are aspects of the Mormon origin story, much of which is likely unknown to many viewers, and the documents that could have undermined the faith.

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