fake hate crimes: a database of hate crime hoaxes in the usa

The purpose of this site is to compile a comprehensive database of the false reports of "hate crimes" committed (mostly) in the USA. It builds on the work of Laird Wilcox, whose Crying Wolf (PDF) is the original book on this subject. The books Hate Crime Hoax and Hate Crimes: Criminal Law & Identity Politics are recommended, as are the websites Watching the Watchdogs and Fake Hate Map.

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118. Two teenagers vandalized and burglarized a house, leaving anti-Semitic graffiti in order to make it ... 1994-02-01 West Rogers Park IL

117. Terry Hutter claimed to be a victim of anti-Semitic arson attacks by people who wrongly believed he ... 1991-01-01 Sugarloaf Mountain CO

116. Fake anti-Semitic crimes from a Muslim: "How many hate crimes can one bear? That's what Nathan Kobri... 1991-05-17 Concord CA

115. Dr Sheldon Jacobson, a Jewish dentist, discovered a fire in the form of a large swastika burning on ... 1979-08-01 New York NY

114. Woodside Synagogue destroyed by fire. Member of synagogue questioned by police. Lt. Harding, the cou... 1986-04-08 Silver Spring MD

113. A black employee of the coastguard in Oregon admitted his claims of racial harassment were unfounded... 1979-12-31 OR

112. Various examples of recent incidents at colleges 2003-11-01 San Francisco CA http://xpress.sfsu.edu/archives/news/000424.html Fake hate crimes not new: colleges experience recent rash of bogus hate incidents / 2003-11-20
111. A Jewish couple, Jerome and Jamie B Roedel, found their home burglarized and swastikas painted on t... 1993-04-01 Cooper City FL http://business.highbeam.com/4331/article-1G1-14690... Swastika scrawling thieves staged insurance scam, police allege / 1993-12-30
110. 2001-12-01 Kansas City MI

109. Arson at Jewish Chabad center blamed on 33-yr old Jewish man. 2004-05-12 San Francisco CA http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/22706/arson-at-... Arson at Chabad House / 2004-05-21
108. 1999-05-01 San Francisco CA

107. 1998-11-01 Wilmington NC

106. 2001-06-12 St Paul MN

105. A Jewish student painted swastikas on her own door. 2010-07-03 Washington DC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLt5U7VcHw8 Jewish student caught painting swastikas on her own door then claiming anti-Semitic attack / A Jewish student painted swastikas on her own door. / 2010-07-03
104. Was Matthew Shepard murdered for being gay?. It is almost universally believed his murder was the re... 1998-10-07 Laramie WY http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/20-20-i... '20/20' investigation challenges Shepard murder's hate-crime label / It is almost universally believed that the murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998 was the result of anti-gay hatred. Just one TV program, one article in the NY Times, and the same one in the SF C / 2004-12-03
103. The sexton of a synagogue alleged Palestinian looking men called themselves the P.D.L., referred to ... 1985-12-15 Milwaukee WI

102. Two Jewish teenagers were apprehended for throwing fireworks at cars. They police linked them to pai... 1989-07-01 Asbury Park NJ

101. A Jewish woman and her Catholic husband awoke to find a fire in the shape of a swastika on their law... 1987-07-15 Asbury NJ

100. 2 Jewish teenagers were charged with writing Anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas on 51 apartments. ... 1984-03-01 Bronx NY

99. TV presenter Morton Downey Jr claimed that three neo-Nazi skinheads drew a swastika on his face in S... 1989-05-01 San Francisco CA

98. Another Kristallnacht lookalike incident occurred in West Hartford when three synagogues and the hom... 1983-08-01 West Hartford CT

97. Vandals threw rocks through windows of Jewish shops. 2 weeks later, another 7 stores' windows were b... 1985-11-23 New York NY

96. Jewish woman Laurie A Recht claimed she received death threats after being booed at a meeting for su... 1988-01-01 Yonkers NY

95. Anti Defamation League National Commission member and candidate for New Orleans mayor Donald Mintz w... 1994-02-01 New Orleans LA

94. Arson at clothes store. Owner, Angela Thomas, claimed it was racist. It was actually an insurance fr... 1990-07-01 Kansas City MO

93. The home of black couple Larry Williams and Patricia Anderson was ransacked and swastikas written on... 1990-11-29 Arvada CO

92. A black couple, Marcellous and Sandra Jackson, wrote racial slurs on the walls of their home before ... 1991-03-01 Fayetteville GA

91. The media blew up the case where a 12 yr old black boy claimed to be the victim of a racist attack a... 1993-05-04 Santa Clara CA

90. The police say Milton Metcalfe set himself on fire and claimed it was white racists. He had earlier ... 1993-09-01 Loveland OH

89. Racist graffiti on black MPs dorms. Within a week a black MP was charged with writing the graffiti a... 1992-10-08 March air force base CA

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