Crying Wolf

Hate Crime Hoaxes In America

A thoroughly documented and extensively footnoted study of false and fabricated racist, anti-gay, and anti-Semitic “hate crimes” actually perpetrated by the “victims” themselves to gain sympathy, advance a political agenda, or for monetary gain.

From the notorious Tawana Brawley hoax to cases reported only locally, each hoax is analyzed in terms of apparent motives, techniques employed, and payoff to the “victim.” Crying Wolf also discusses the intended and unintended consequences of these hoaxes, and the role of special interest groups in generating irresponsible “hate crime” statistics. A list of traits to help identify hoaxes is included.

An extremely useful compilation for activists, journalists, researchers, and law enforcement.


(Wilcox’s Report) “contains one documented example after another of extremists of all political stripes — but mostly from groups generally considered societal victims — who have been caught attempting to fabricate “hate crimes.”

Phil Stanford, The (Portland) Oregonian, January 13, 1993.

“Hoo boy, talk about a powderkeg! This explosive book examines a subject nobody wants to talk about — people who fake hate crimes, such as physical attacks and the destruction or defacing of property that are alleged to be motivated by the victim’s race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.”

Russ Kick, Outposts, 1995.

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