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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658. National Park Service evaluating security measures following arson attempt at MLK home / Someone tried to burn down MLK Jr’s birth home last night. They were spotted by tourists and detained until the cops arrived, and arrested her: A black woman. Another fake hate crime that cou / 2023-12-08
Type of hoax: crime but not hate crime


Atlanta Georgia

Black woman caught trying to burn down MLK Jr. birth house.