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The police filmed a woman coming out of the house and setting fire to a cross on the front lawn. One... 1992-10-01 Portland OR
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.
When detectives confronted her with the evidence, she slashed her wrists and was hospitalized. A week later, she penned a handwritten note, confessing that the incidents had been staged, and admitting that she didn't have cancer or need a wheelchair.