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
127. Questions put shadow over story / Milton Metcalfe died of the injuries he had sustained setting fire to himself to make it look like a racist attack. / 1993-09-25
Type of hoax: suspected


Loveland OH

The police say Milton Metcalfe set himself on fire and claimed it was white racists. He had earlier been convicted for filing a false police report of abduction. Numerous aspects of his story didn't add up.