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.

Print or online article, tv or radio program

reports which reference this print article
75. 1993-06-01 Albany OR

Reported hate crime really plan by son to avoid trouble

The Oregonian



The black stepson of Albany's white mayor drove his car into a ditch, flattening three tires. A racist note was found on the windshield. He claimed the damage was carried out by white racists. He later admitted to police he'd crashed the car and fabricated the note and the story.

date read

date published

Articles and programs