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.

Report 394.

Articles/programs Details
552. County commission candidate confesses to writing racist letter / A racist letter that Umatilla County commissioner candidate Jonathan Lopez claimed was left anonymously in his mailbox was written by Lopez himself, according to Lopez and Hermiston Police Chief Jason / 2020-07-06
556. Oregon politician wrote racist letter to himself, police say / Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston says the criminal investigation for second-degree intimidation due to the racist, hate-filled letter received by Jonathan Lopez on June 23 has been closed. The mat / 2020-07-07
Type of hoax: admitted - victim or accomplice(s) committed crime


Hermiston, Umatilla County Oregon

"Victim" confessed to staging hoax.