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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436. Woman suspected of arson at Des Moines mosque / CNN: "Anonymous sources confirm Trump Inspired White Nationalist behind mosque arson". The police have now arrested a 22 year old woman, Aisha Ismail, who is probably not a white nationalist. / 2017-06-23
Type of hoax: charged with committing crime


Des Moines IA

The police have arrested a 22 year old woman, Aisha Ismail, for setting fire to a mosque which she attended. Police say her motives are unclear, and she wasn't trying to burn the place down.