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.

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167. Media reported racial content to apparent attack on light rail train. Subsequent investigation revea... 2008-06-09 Portland OR

164. A swastika was found at the height of a political campaign to persuade the university to bar a group... 2010-02-01 Eugene OR http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2010/... Police investigate swastika vandalism at University of Oregon in Eugene / A swastika was painted on the carpet in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer Alliance in the middle of the night at the University of Oregon. A controversial discussion group called "Pacifica Forum / 2010-02-01
163. Academic Paul Mirecki claimed to have been attacked by two white men. However, the evidence suggests... 2005-12-05 Lawrence KS http://michellemalkin.com/2005/12/07/what-happened-... The Mirecki Files / Michelle Malkin: "Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman’s killer is still on the loose. And so are the two alleged attackers of University of Kansas professor Paul Mirecki." "While a faculty colleague clai / 2005-12-07
162. Homophobic threats were scrawled on a Colorado home. Its lesbian inhabitants are accused of doing it... 2011-10-01 Parker CO http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/18/lesbian-couple... Lesbian couple accused of faking hate crime at Colorado home / "Two lesbians who claimed to be victims of a hate crime last year when hateful messages were scrawled on their Colorado home are now being accused of perpetrating a hoax." / 2012-05-18
161. Oak Brook native Safia Z Jilani has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report. She... 2009-01-19 Elmhurst IL http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Elmhurst_Stude... Elmhurst student faked attack / 19 yr old Muslim woman Safia Z Jilani has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report, a felony which carries up to 3 years jail. She claimed to have been assaulted by a masked gunma / 2009-07-16
160. Gay man claimed he'd been called a homophobic word and burned with a piece of hot metal at UNC campu... 2011-04-05 Chapel Hill NC http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/04/12/1124145/unc-... Hate crime report at UNC was false, police say / Freshman Quinn Matney claimed he'd been called a homophobic word and burned with a piece of hot metal at UNC campus. Authorities say it's fake. / 2011-04-12
159. A black student at the University of Wisconsin Parkside created racist flyers threatening other blac... 2012-02-01 Racine WI http://journaltimes.com/news/local/deputies-parksid... Deputies: Parkside student confesses to creating list / "What better way to celebrate Black History Month than with yet another hoax intended to create an illusion that blacks are put upon by racists?" comments tactful, hypersensitive blogger 'Moon Battery' / 2012-02-03
158. Man admitted carving a homophobic word in himself after police noticed it was written backward. 2004-12-14 Independence MO http://www.kmbc.com/Man-Admits-Hate-Crime-Attack-Wa... Man Admits Hate Crime Attack Was False / 22 yr old Floyd Elliott admitted carving a homophobic word in himself after police noticed it was written backward. "He said he falsely reported the attack to increase the police presence in his neighb / 2004-12-28
157. A lesbian student at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) won the sympathy of hundreds of stu... 2012-03-01 New Britain CT http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/lesbian-teen-faked... Lesbian teen faked anti-gay notes that sparked college’s ‘Solidarity Rally’ / A conservative site reports on teenager Alexandra Pennell at Central Connecticut State University claiming that homophobic notes were slid under her door. Police installed a camera, but more notes appe / 2012-07-05
156. A gay man, Joseph Baken, injured himself doing a backflip outside a bar, then claimed he'd been targ... 2012-08-04 Missoula MT http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/another-gay-hate-c... Another gay ‘hate crime’ hoax: ‘Victim’ injured himself with a somersault / "Life Site News" is a conservative website. However, this is a report of an admission in court that a gay man, Joseph Baken, injured himself doing a backflip outside a bar, then claimed he'd been targe / 2012-08-09
155. Kerri Dunn was charged with insurance fraud after witnesses said she had vandalized her own car with... 2004-03-09 Los Angeles CA http://statement-analysis.blogspot.com/2012/12/2004... Alumna charged with two felonies / Professor Kerri Dunn of Claremont College was convicted of insurance fraud after faking a hate crime in which slurs about Jews and black people were written on her car she got a year in jail. `Steve / 2012-12-01
154. A campus officer brought KKK flyers to school to make others aware that such material was being circ... 1992-01-01 San Bernadino CA

153. Vandalism at High School caused $650K damage. Swastikas and anti-Semitic messages were left. 2 were ... 1990-02-01 Rockville MD

152. 4 white students were attacked by black ones at Berkeley High School following the appearance of a r... 1991-12-01 Berkeley CA

151. John Grace, a black student at Middlebury College, admitted writing racist notes and taping them to ... 1983-09-01 Middlebury VT

150. Pedro House Jr was caught painting anti-Semitic and racist slurs on a restroom wall inside Union Cou... 1989-12-01 Cranford NJ

149. A former president of the Jewish student union was acquitted of carrying out a hate crime hoax. One ... 1988-11-01 Binghampton NY

148. At Emory University a black student claimed to be on the receiving end of racist death threats. Poli... 1990-04-01 Atlanta GA http://www.nytimes.com/1990/06/01/us/woman-s-claim-... Woman's Claim Of Racial Crime Is Called a Hoax / Local prosecutors reviewing the case of the student, Sabrina Collins, who received national attention after she had reported receiving racially motivated hate mail and death threats in recent months, s / 1990-05-31
147. A white student was arrested for sending threatening letters to 13 black students and faculty. In fa... 1988-12-01 Columbus OH

146. Racial slurs written on paper posted on door of Black Student Union building. The BSU made the most ... 1993-02-01 Williams MA

145. Black student at NW Missouri Uni. claimed racially motivated assault and death threats. As many as 1... 1988-10-01 Maryville MO

144. In 1998, a lesbian student at St. Cloud State University faked a hate crime against herself by cutti... 1998-01-01 St Cloud MN http://www.erinoconnor.org/archives/2003/03/faking_... Faking the hate? contd... A list of hoax crimes. / A list of fake hate crimes between 1998 and 2003. / 2003-03-07
139. Alicia Hardin admitted to sending racial slurs to other black students, then admitted it was a fake,... 2005-04-01 Chicago IL http://lashawnbarber.com/archives/2005/04/28/expose... Alicia Hardin, Exposed / A black student allegedly sent hate letters to other minority students at a Christian college. She said she did it because she wanted her mother to pull her from the college, although it's not because / 2005-04-28
138. A lesbian student at Tamalpais high claimed she was pelted with eggs, had her locker and car vandali... 2005-05-01 Mill Valley CA http://michellemalkin.com/2005/05/09/another-hate-c... Another hate crime hoax / A lesbian high school student claimed she was pelted with eggs, had her locker and car vandalized, and was flooded with handmade hate messages. A homophobic threat was painted on the school. Then sh / 2005-05-09
137. Not really a hate crime. An Islamophobic flyer was produced by leftists, falsely claiming to be from... 2007-10-01 Washington DC http://michellemalkin.com/2007/10/09/the-left-fakes... The left fakes the hate at GWU / This is a hoax, but not a fake hate crime. Michelle Malkin shows that humorlessness is not limited to the left. "This fake flyer attributed to the Young America’s Foundation chapter at GWU was manuf / 2007-10-09
136. Mirza Akram has been charged with faking a hate crime (a fire at his store, plus anti-Muslim graffit... 2004-07-09 Everett WA http://www.danielpipes.org/2042/islamophobic-prejud... "Islamophobic Prejudice" and CAIR / A story about a Muslim faking an Islamophobic hate crime. "On putting out the fire, police and firefighters found a gasoline can, a spray-painted obscenity against Arabs and a spray-painted white cross / 2004-08-25
135. Sarah Marshak, a student at George Washington University, was caught on tape painting swastikas on h... 2007-10-01 Washington DC http://michellemalkin.com/2007/11/05/gwu-student-jo... GWU student journalist admits hate crime hoax / Another fake antisemitic campus hate crime: Sarah Marshak claimed to have drawn three swastikas on her George Washingon University campus room door, to draw attention to the administration's inattentio / 2007-11-05
134. A 13 year old claimed to have been attacked for holding up a sign criticizing illegal immigration. T... 2008-04-08 Athens GA http://michellemalkin.com/2008/04/09/update-false-c... Update: False claim by anti-illegal immigration student / Michelle Malkin reports on a suspected fake hate crime hoax by a teenage girl who claimed she was attacked by a gang of students for holding an anti illegal immigration sign. / 2008-04-09
132. A Texas woman claimed a black man attacked her and carved a 'B' on her face when he saw her Republic... 2008-10-01 http://michellemalkin.com/2008/10/23/why-that-mccai... Why that McCain volunteer’s “mutilation” story smells awfully weird / Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin accepts that there are sometimes fake hate crimes "on our side of the isle". This article is about a Texas woman who claimed a black man attacked her and carved a / 2008-10-23
131. When an African American prof in a prestigious university in New York finds a noose at her office, i... 2007-10-09 New York NY http://michellemalkin.com/2008/02/20/report-columbi... Report: Columbia U. noose professor sanctioned for fraud / An African American professor at Columbia University found a noose at her office. Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin argues that this may well be a hoax, and lists various dubious things about the /

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