A Texas man – who spray-painted his own garage with racist graffiti that said “N—er lovers,” set his truck and motorcycle ablaze on his front lawn and used the episode of fake vandalism to collect cash from unsuspecting strangers with big hearts – has reportedly checked into a mental hospital and will be arrested for the hoax upon his release.
David Williams, 34, a resident of Denton, Texas, claimed his family was victimized by a racist hate crime on the morning of Dec. 12.
The family made a police report, and authorities launched an arson investigation and determined the incident was a hate crime, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
After the incident, Williams’ family set up a GoFundMe page to accept donations, claiming insurance wouldn’t cover the losses. The fund grew to at least $5,000.
“The kids won’t be able to have anything under the Christmas tree due to this horrible act,” the GoFundMe page stated. “Please [i]f you find it in your heart, please donate what you can to help this family of 6 out.”
David’s wife, Jenny, a mother of four, described the apparent vandalism in a blog post last week.
Jenny recalled waking up next to her husband as a neighbor banged on her front door. The neighbor told them their truck was on fire.
“We woke the children before we knew the house itself wasn’t on fire. In the middle of the night it is hard to tell the difference between smoke and steam,” she wrote. “The kids and I gathered in the living room waiting for word of all clear or evacuate.”
Soon, police and firefighters arrived at the Williams home and discovered the racial slur painted on their garage door.
“It is considered a hate crime because of what was painted on the garage door. Yes, we are white,” Jenny wrote. “It just so happens that we aren’t as racist as someone would like us to be. ”
But on Dec. 21, Jenny claimed in a Facebook post that her husband admitted faking the whole incident.
“So I have no words …” she wrote. “My heart is heavy, and I have more questions then (sic) answers. My children and I are in a state of shock and sadness, so this will be my only statement. Yesterday, Tuesday morning, David confessed to spray painting our garage door and starting the fire at our home, Monday December 12th. David is currently at a mental health facility and will be arrested upon his release.”
Jenny also indicated the donated funds, minus an 8 percent fee taken by GoFundMe, will be returned to donors.
The news of the fake hate crime – the latest in a series of hate-crime hoaxes in the news headlines lately – sparked a wave of online comments, including the following:
- “There have been several of these type hoaxes exposed this week. It’s to the point where you can only assume the alleged victim is the prime suspect in these type ‘hate crimes.'”
- “So Michael Savage is right: Liberalism is a mental disease.”
- “Having a hard time finding enough hate to fill the agenda? Make your own. This is what the last 8 years has done to us!”
- “It was not a hate crime. These hate crime laws are unconstitutional.”
- “Hillary’s world. Victims everywhere.”
- “Is anyone keeping a tally of fake vs real incidents like these? 90% fake would be my guess.”
- “White progressives really should focus on real problems instead of creating fake ones to stir up false outrage in order to serve their ’cause’ and their election hopes.”
- “The vast majority of these events is staged because no self-respecting conservative would ever do anything like this. The left has to create their own victimhood. It’s pathetic.”
- “Fastest way to heap up money for yourself is to manufacture a hate crime.”
- “At least the wife is returning the donations. That’s more than what Jill Stein did for her recount donors.”
WND has reported on “hate” crime hoaxes popping up in the last two months, particularly fake reports of “attacks” by alleged Donald Trump supporters.
On Wednesday, police arrested a black man in Greenville, Mississippi, who is accused of burning an African-American church and spray-painting the words “Vote Trump” on the side of the building a week before the November election.
On Dec. 14, WND reported an elaborate story of an 18-year-old Muslim college student who claimed she was attacked by Trump supporters was completely fabricated, and the woman was arrested and charged with filing a false report. Yasmin Seweid, a New York Muslim girl, claimed three mean screamed “Donald Trump!” while attacking her. She said they called her a terrorist and tried to rip off her hijab.
On Dec. 13, came news that a Florida man faked a pro-Trump KKK hate crime, set his ex-girlfriend’s car on fire and even staged his own kidnapping, leaving a bloody ransom note filled with racial slurs, the U.K. Daily Mail reported.
A female Muslim student at University of Louisiana who accused a Trump-supporting man of attacking her and ripping off her hijab admitted a week later she made the story up, the Washington Post reported.
In another case, Bowling Green State University student Eleesha Long claimed to be attacked on the school’s Ohio campus by three white men wearing Trump T-shirts just one day after the election, Media Research Center reported. And the only problem with her story is that none of it ever happened.
In Atlanta, a Muslim teacher reported coming into school the day after Trump was announced the winner of the presidential election and finding a note on her desk that told her to “go hang yourself.” The validity of the note has been questioned and the school investigation has turned up no suspects, something a simple handwriting analysis would seem to accomplish.
In Malden, Massachusetts, a 20-year-old black man told police he was harassed by two white men who used racial slurs, referred to lynching, and warned him, “It’s Trump country now.”
That man later admitted he made up the story, the Boston Herald reported. He told police he wanted to “raise awareness about things that are going on around the country,” said Malden police Chief Kevin Molis.