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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 Candidate stays in race despite arrest / Charles A Lewis admitted to paying someone to write racist graffiti on his house. He stayed in the electoral race after his confession, but lost. / 1991-08-15
Type of hoax: admitted - victim or accomplice(s) committed crime


Jacksonville NC

A black mayoral candidate, Charles A Lewis, found racist graffiti on his house. Then he said he was being blackmailed. A woman claimed he paid her to write the graffiti, and she blackmailed him.