William Schryver wrote:
Hofmann's motive to kill Christensen was NOT related to the M'Lellin collection question.
It absolutely was. This is established by events that happened (or were scheduled to happen) on the same day: OCTOBER 15, 1985
Closing on the transaction to purchase the McLellin Collection (by David Sorensen) was scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, 1985, at 10:00 a.m. Christensen was to be at the closing to evaluate the collection and determine if all was in order, before Sorensen's attorney (David West) could release the $185,000 price to Hofmann. (Victims
, pp. 143, 164). As we know, Hofmann did not have the McLellin Collection to bring to closing for Christensen to authenticate, which led to this preemptive event: approximately two hours before
the scheduled closing at 10:00 a.m. on October 15, 1985, Christensen arrived at his office and was blown apart by a bomb left at his office door. Hofmann had left the package there earlier that same day.
Mere coincidence? C'mon, Will, not even you can be that obtuse.
At least it wasn't in the mind of Bob Stott, who (I should think) knows the details of the case better than you and I.
Stott's actions suggest otherwise. If you are correct, then why did Stott ask Hugh Pinnock this question at the preliminary hearing: "To your knowledge, did any authority in the LDS Church ever obtain or possess the McLellin collection
?" Pinnock, of course, answered "no" (because the few at Church headquarters who knew of the discovery in the FP vault over a month before did not tell Pinnock). (Victims
, p. 274).
Moreover, why would Stott agree to this statement (which we now know was false) in the GBH stipulation entered in evidence at the preliminary hearing: "[GBH] has never seen nor possessed nor has any knowledge of the whereabouts of a document or a group of documents known as the McLellin Collection
, p. 303).
No doubt it may have very soon become a motive, but the pressure acting upon Hofmann was not as proximately related to the M'Lellin collection as it was something else.
You can't be serious -- read the above. The timing of Hofmann's first bombing was directly related to his imminent exposure (in two hours) as a fraud who lied about having the McLellin Collection.
Remember, I sat with Bob Stott for two hours last week talking about this.
Then ask him how he felt when he learned in 1992 that the Church had withheld relevant information from the prosecution about the McLellin Collection. I'd be interested in his response.
I will tell you what Bob told me concerning the actual motive for murder, on the condition you answer the following two questions:
Did Hofmann know of this so-called "M'Lellin Collection" in the vault?
Did Hofmann know Christensen was "scheduled to inspect" those materials?
As to the first question, no. No one knew about the FP vault's containing part of the McLellin Collection that Hofmann claimed to posses (but didn't) until over a month before the preliminary hearing (and, by that time, Hofmann had been arrested and charged).
As to the second question, yes -- see citations above about the closing scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 15, 1985, and the condition that the $185,000 not be released to Hofmann until Christensen had evaluated the collection.