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There is a lot of interest in the LDS Church's recent release of founder Joseph Smith's documents. The question why these documents were not released for a couple hundred years may be even more interesting.
Does anybody remember Mark Hofmann's forgery-murder-blackmail case in 1985? The LDS Church was buying his unflattering forgeries so that it could bury them.