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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The Witness - Dave Mazzella

WIllamette Week

John Schrag


After the murder of an Ethiopian named Mulugeta Seraw by neo-Nazi skinheads in Portland in 1988, the SPLC's Morris Dees sued a man called Tom Metzger, the leader of a group named White Aryan Resistance. Dees claimed Metzger sent skinheads from California to Oregon, and caused Seraw's death. Dees's star witness was a gangly, bespectacled punk named Dave Mazzella who claimed (rather unconvincingly) that Metzger had sent him north to incite Portland skinheads to racist mayhem. The jury believed him, and ordered Metzger to pay damages of $12.5 million.

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