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 also recommended.

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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

88. A black mayoral candidate, Charles A Lewis, found racist graffiti on his house. Then he said he was ... 1991-08-09 Jacksonville NC

87. Edna Mitchell claimed vandals had painted racist messages on her house, and called threatening to ki... 1993-02-05 Spring Hill KS

86. 14 yr old black girl said 2 white men had thrown acid on her and shouted racial slurs, but her mothe... 1986-01-01 St Charles MO

85. A lesbian couple who claimed they were victims of a hate crime have been arrested after police deter... 2012-05-01 Parker CO http://kdvr.com/2012/05/17/lesbian-couple-accused-o... Lesbian couple accused of faking hate crime / A lesbian couple who claimed they were victims of a hate crime have been arrested after police determined they staged the incidents. / 2012-05-17
84. Oliver Mason III, a black man, claimed to have received a racial hate letter and claimed to have bee... 1991-04-05 Annapolis MD

83. White man - his car was vandalized and his trailer set on fire.'NOW sell to niggers' was found spray... 1991-10-01 Staten Island NY

82. Black man Lewis Watkins, 25, claimed he had been beaten by white men shouting racial slurs and refer... 1992-01-01 New York NY

81. Black man Kenneth Daughrity complained that three white skinheads attacked him shouting racial epith... 1992-02-01 San Diego CA

80. A black minister received a hate letter which said 'This is the Klan!'. Another letter apologized fo... 1992-01-08 Houston TX

79. Biracial couple reported finding their apartment walls painted with racial slurs and the initials 'K... 1988-08-01 Troy NY

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