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.

Report 104.

Articles/programs Details
141. '20/20' investigation challenges Shepard murder's hate-crime label / It is almost universally believed that the murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998 was the result of anti-gay hatred. Just one TV program, one article in the NY Times, and the same one in the SF C / 2004-12-03
247. Debunking Stephen Jimenez's Effort To De-Gay Matthew Shepard's Murder / Stephen Jimenez has produced a book claiming that the murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998 was not a case of anti-gay prejudice. This is a critique of the book. / 2013-10-02
248. Matthew Shepard's murder: 'What it came down to is drugs and money' / A review of a book questioning the accepted view that Matthew Shepard was murdered for being gay. / 2013-10-14
255. Right-Wing Media And The Return Of Matthew Shepard Trutherism / A denunciation of the view that Matthew Shepard of Montana was not murdered for being gay - it calls this viewpoint "Matthew Shepard Trutherism". / 2013-09-16
Type of hoax: crime but not hate crime


Laramie WY

Was Matthew Shepard murdered for being gay?. It is almost universally believed his murder was the result of homophobia. One TV program, one article in the NY Times and the SF Chronicle, challenges that assumption. (Addition 2013/11 - and now one book).