Author: Ryan C. Jenkins. Expected Release: Early July, 2015. Even the Prophet's most vehement critics—then and now—can at least agree on one thing: Joseph Smith was murdered in cold blood. This account begins in October 1838; Joseph is thirty-two years old and has less than six years to live. This fast-paced, driving narrative provides a factual account leading to the murder and is sure to capture the attention of Latter-day Saints and those not of the faith.