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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592. Black student who set fire to her dorm in hate-crime hoax awaits court hearing / A former Viterbo University student who police say set fire to her dormitory is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday on possible charges. / 2021-06-14
Type of hoax: suspected


La Crosse WI

The LaCrosse Police Department report states Victoria Unanka, a black student, “admitted to intentionally setting the fire in the second level lounge for attention purposes” amid a spree of alleged campus hate crimes. Unanka told police her motive for setting the fire was that “no one was listening to me anymore,” the report states.