Illinois Apologizes for 1844 Murder of Mormon Leader The state of Illinois has expressed its "official regret" for the murder of Mormon leader Joseph Smith in 1844. But some say the violence that drove Mormons out of the state was precipitated in large measure by Smith himself. NPR's Howard Berkes reports.
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Illinois Apologizes for 1844 Murder of Mormon Leader

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Illinois Apologizes for 1844 Murder of Mormon Leader

Illinois Apologizes for 1844 Murder of Mormon Leader

Illinois Apologizes for 1844 Murder of Mormon Leader

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The state of Illinois has expressed its "official regret" for the murder of Mormon leader Joseph Smith in 1844. But some say the violence that drove Mormons out of the state was precipitated in large measure by Smith himself. NPR's Howard Berkes reports.