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.

Report 67.

Articles/programs Details
97. Report of Youth's Burning False, Police Say / A 15-year-old black youth said white men had set him on fire. Then he and three of his friends admitted it was a fabrication. / 1986-12-28
Type of hoax: admitted - victim or accomplice(s) committed crime


Queens NY

The boy had accidentally burned himself by lighting gasoline in a fireplace. He fabricated the story in order to avoid punishment and gain sympathy.