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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Articles/programs Details
131. Store Owner, Ex-firefighter Sentenced / Arson at clothes store. Owner, Angela W Thomas, claimed it was racist. This caused immense wave of local and national sympathy. The anti-racist community called for harsher penalties for hate crimes. L / 1992-06-18
Type of hoax: convicted - victim or accomplice(s) committed crime


Kansas City MO

Arson at clothes store. Owner, Angela Thomas, claimed it was racist. It was actually an insurance fraud by her and Lauren D Johnson.