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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Articles/programs Details
108. Neighbor held in 'KKK' slaying of granny / Helen Clewell was murdered in her apartment. A note was left claiming to be from the KKK, containing racial slurs. Police charged a Latino man who lived on the same floor as the victim. / 1991-07-12
Type of hoax: charged with committing crime


Manhattan NY