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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78. The Perfect Victim: Azalea Cooley / Azalea Cooley was a black lesbian who claimed to be confined to a wheelchair and be the victim of racist harassment. But then she was filmed by the police setting fire to a cross in her own front yard. / 1992-11-26
Type of hoax: admitted - victim or accomplice(s) committed crime


Portland OR

The police filmed a woman coming out of the house and setting fire to a cross on the front lawn. One of the inhabitants of the house, Azalea Cooley, a black lesbian who claimed to be handicapped, claimed to have been the victim of a series of hate crimes.