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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560. Candidate faked her own kidnapping, beating in election ploy, police say / Police say Sabrina Belcher, who is running for mayor in Sumter SC, faked her own kidnapping and beating in a Facebook video in an attempt to pin the attack on an opponent. / 2020-08-21
Type of hoax: charged with committing crime


Sumter SC

Sabrina Belcher, 29, was arrested and charged with filing a false police report of a felony and conspiracy after she went to the police department Tuesday to report she was kidnapped, Sumter Police said. Belcher allegedly hired Christopher Eaddy to hit her and break the windows in her car while recording the attack on Facebook Live, according to arrest warrants.