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 online article
274. Ann Arbor police say a report of ethnic intimidation involving a woman wearing a hijab did not actua... 2016-11-11 Ann Arbor MI

U-M student made up story about man threatening to burn hjiab, police say

WXYZ Detroit



A University of Michigan student said a man threatened to set fire to her hijab. She said the suspect pulled out a lighter, so she removed her hijab before he ran away on foot. Police say detectives have been working with the University of Michigan, Police Department and the FBI. They have conducted multiple interviews and reviewed multiple surveillance videos. "During the investigation, numerous inconsistencies in the statements provided by the alleged victim were identified," police said in a release. Detectives then determined the incident did not happen.

date read

date published

Articles and programs