It seems that “racial/ethnic/homophobic slurs scratched on the victim’s body and/or belongings” is a particular characteristic of a hoax that is not usually found in real hate crimes, which also do not get the same media attention. It’s horrific that this woman injured herself so severely, what was going on in her life that she felt compelled to do this to herself?
What was his name? Morton Downey, JR? Was he the first? In any case he hoaxed himself with swastika written on his forehead (backwards) and then there was Tawana Brawley who wrote racial slurs on her body (I don’t recall which came first) and then there was the Republican lady who wrote “O” on her face and on and on.