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 recent book Hate Crime Hoax also adds to Wilcox's work. Watching the Watchdogs is very useful, and so is Fake Hate Map.

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 Woodside rebuilds, arsonist 'known' but still at large / 1987-08-06
Type of hoax: suspected


Silver Spring MD

Woodside Synagogue destroyed by fire. Member of synagogue questioned by police. Lt. Harding, the county fire investigator, said he thinks he knows whodunnit, but it's a sensitive subject.