Report of Youth's Burning False, Police Say / A 15-year-old black youth said white men had set him on fire. Then he and three of his friends admitted it was a fabrication. / 1986-12-28
Type of hoax:
admitted - victim or accomplice(s) committed crime
The boy had accidentally burned himself by lighting gasoline in a fireplace. He fabricated the story in order to avoid punishment and gain sympathy.