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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137. Swastikas Painted on Apartments by Two Jewish Youths / Anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas were daubed on 51 apartments. 2 Jewish teenagers were charged with the hoax after they'd tried to collect the reward by turning in someone else. They were also su / 1984-03-31
Type of hoax: charged with committing crime


Bronx NY

2 Jewish teenagers were charged with writing Anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas on 51 apartments. after they'd tried to collect the reward. As usual, the crimes received far more attention than the revelations of fraud.