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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130. "I accept full responsibility for my actions and agree to face criminal and/or disciplinary proceedi... 2007-12-01 Princeton NJ http://www.newser.com/story/14341/princeton-student... Princeton student faked own beating / A conservative student at Princeton University claimed to have received death threats and been beaten up by blacks because of his politics. He now admits it was a hoax, and faces charges. / 2007-12-18
129. It's possible that a real Nazi painted a swastika outside the office of Democrat representative Davi... 2009-08-08 Atlanta GA http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/08... Beware of fake hate crimes / It's possible that a real Nazi painted a swastika outside the office of Democrat representative David Scott of Atlanta. But probably not, argues John McCormack. The Weekly Standard is a generally conse / 2009-08-11
128. A noose and a white hood were hung up in the library at the University of California at San Diego. A... 2010-01-01 San Diego CA http://battlehate.ucsd.edu Join the Battle Against Hate / University of California at San Diego 2010 – Join The Battle Against Hate – http://battlehate.ucsd.edu / 2010-02-01
127. A white woman told police she'd been attacked by 3 black men with bats and kidnapped her friend at a... 1989-11-01 Hazel Park MI

126. 1993-12-01 Norwood MA

125. Benjamin Hull claimed that a gang of Hispanic youths shot off his leg. He later admitted he'd done i... 1991-01-01 Sunnyside WA

124. Kareem Khoury blamed anti Arab racism for a fire at his Dairy Queen. He was indicted on charges of a... 1991-01-01 Detroit MI

123. Sergie Revera Ayala claimed he had been abducted at knifepoint. The police charged him with burglari... 1990-07-11 Syracuse NY

122. Darres Park, a Chinese/Korean man, claimed to have been attacked by skinheads. In fact, there had be... 1990-11-01 Seattle WA

121. 2 gay, 1 lesbian, not Jewish residents of Tacoma returned home to find their apartment vandalized wi... 1994-10-01 Tacoma WA

120. Susan and Curtis Klein found their home vandalized, swastikas all over, most of their clothes and fu... 1991-03-22 Germantown MD

119. A common cause of anti-Semitic graffiti is an attempt to divert attention from an ordinary, not raci... 1990-06-10 Denver CO

118. Two teenagers vandalized and burglarized a house, leaving anti-Semitic graffiti in order to make it ... 1994-02-01 West Rogers Park IL

117. Terry Hutter claimed to be a victim of anti-Semitic arson attacks by people who wrongly believed he ... 1991-01-01 Sugarloaf Mountain CO

116. Fake anti-Semitic crimes from a Muslim: "How many hate crimes can one bear? That's what Nathan Kobri... 1991-05-17 Concord CA

115. Dr Sheldon Jacobson, a Jewish dentist, discovered a fire in the form of a large swastika burning on ... 1979-08-01 New York NY

114. Woodside Synagogue destroyed by fire. Member of synagogue questioned by police. Lt. Harding, the cou... 1986-04-08 Silver Spring MD

113. A black employee of the coastguard in Oregon admitted his claims of racial harassment were unfounded... 1979-12-31 OR

112. Various examples of recent incidents at colleges 2003-11-01 San Francisco CA http://xpress.sfsu.edu/archives/news/000424.html Fake hate crimes not new: colleges experience recent rash of bogus hate incidents / 2003-11-20
111. A Jewish couple, Jerome and Jamie B Roedel, found their home burglarized and swastikas painted on t... 1993-04-01 Cooper City FL http://business.highbeam.com/4331/article-1G1-14690... Swastika scrawling thieves staged insurance scam, police allege / 1993-12-30
110. 2001-12-01 Kansas City MI

109. Arson at Jewish Chabad center blamed on 33-yr old Jewish man. 2004-05-12 San Francisco CA http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/22706/arson-at-... Arson at Chabad House / 2004-05-21
108. 1999-05-01 San Francisco CA

107. 1998-11-01 Wilmington NC

106. 2001-06-12 St Paul MN

105. A Jewish student painted swastikas on her own door. 2010-07-03 Washington DC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLt5U7VcHw8 Jewish student caught painting swastikas on her own door then claiming anti-Semitic attack / A Jewish student painted swastikas on her own door. / 2010-07-03
104. Was Matthew Shepard murdered for being gay?. It is almost universally believed his murder was the re... 1998-10-07 Laramie WY http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/20-20-i... '20/20' investigation challenges Shepard murder's hate-crime label / It is almost universally believed that the murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998 was the result of anti-gay hatred. Just one TV program, one article in the NY Times, and the same one in the SF C / 2004-12-03
103. The sexton of a synagogue alleged Palestinian looking men called themselves the P.D.L., referred to ... 1985-12-15 Milwaukee WI

102. Two Jewish teenagers were apprehended for throwing fireworks at cars. They police linked them to pai... 1989-07-01 Asbury Park NJ

101. A Jewish woman and her Catholic husband awoke to find a fire in the shape of a swastika on their law... 1987-07-15 Asbury NJ

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