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 in the USA. It builds on the work of Laird Wilcox, whose Crying Wolf (PDF) is the only book dedicated to this subject so far.

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 Owner of Oak Park's torched Velvet Rope gay night spot charged with arson, insurance fraud / The Velvet Rope, 728 Lake St, was destroyed by fire in the early morning of June 3, 2012 and never reopened. At the time, Frank Elliott said he thought the bar was targeted because it catered to a gay / 2013-11-13
Type of hoax: suspected


Oak Park MI

Club owner Frank Elliot has been arrested and charged with insurance fraud following his claim that his bar was targeted in a hate crime.