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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118. Man who made racism claim charged with faking report / Oliver Mason II was found in a restroom with a cord round his neck and the words "Sorry Nigger" written on the door. He was arrested and charged with filing a false report. / 1991-05-01
Type of hoax: charged with inventing crime


Annapolis MD

Oliver Mason III, a black man, claimed to have received a racial hate letter and claimed to have been served a dead mouse and broken glass in an omelet in a restaurant. Police say he wrote the letter.