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 also recommended.

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73. 1992-09-01 San Leandro CA

Ex-principal arrested in blaze at church school

San Jose Mercury News

Sandra Gonzalez


Manor Baptist Church and School in San Leandro was set on fire. Graffiti was sprayed on the wall. Police initially suspected racism. Shawn Ragan, former treasurer of the school, had been accused of embezzling $20K. His motive was partly revenge, and he sprayed racist graffiti to divert attention.

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