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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203. 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
204. Hate crime hoaxes / Summarizes recent fake hate crimes in higher education. Hate notes at Trinity, Deerfield, Illinois, in 2005, anti-lesbian messages at Central Connecticut in the same year, racist/sexist messages at / 2012-07-31
Type of hoax: admitted - victim or accomplice(s) committed crime


New Britain CT

A lesbian student at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) won the sympathy of hundreds of students who rallied to her defense against anti-gay remarks before police say video evidence forced her to admit she planted the messages herself.