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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Articles/programs Details
116. Man reports bias attack, but the police express doubts / Watkins had made two previous unfounded reports of beatings by white men in white vans. / 1992-01-18
Type of hoax: suspected


New York NY

Black man Lewis Watkins, 25, claimed he had been beaten by white men shouting racial slurs and referring to a rape of a white girl by black men. The police disbelieved him.