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 recommended, as are the websites Watching the Watchdogs and Fake Hate Map.

Report 114.

Articles/programs Details
151. Woodside rebuilds, arsonist 'known' but still at large / 1987-08-06
Type of hoax: suspected


Silver Spring MD

Woodside Synagogue destroyed by fire. Member of synagogue questioned by police. Lt. Harding, the county fire investigator, said he thinks he knows whodunnit, but it's a sensitive subject.