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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94. Arson at clothes store. Owner, Angela Thomas, claimed it was racist. It was actually an insurance fr... 1990-07-01 Kansas City MO

Store Owner, Ex-firefighter Sentenced

Kansas City Star

John T Dauner


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. Lauren D Johnson talked about faking the crime to a friend, who snitched. Johnson admitted he and Thomas did it to collect insurance. Both Johnson and Thomas were convicted.

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