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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243. Why are ‘hate crime’ hoaxes so popular on campus? / According to this article "Meg Lanker-Simons made headlines this week after police discovered that she posted the threatening, obscenity-laced post on her own Facebook page." Various other examples / 2013-05-03
254. 'Hate Crime' Hoaxes / "The fact that the Facebook post apparently was a fabrication does not change the necessity for continued vigilance in reassuring that we have a campus where everyone feels safe." says the University o / 2013-05-02
Type of hoax: charged with committing crime


Laramie WY

Why are ‘hate crime’ hoaxes so popular on campus?