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Another Fake Hate Crime? Arrest Discredits Tennessee Anti-Gay Case

Posted on | December 28, 2013 | 26 Comments

Paris, Tennessee, is a town of 10,000 people about two hours west of Nashville, but it made national headlines last month:

Joe Williams, Tennessee Health Food Store
Owner, Beaten In Alleged Anti-Gay Hate Crime

Williams said three men beat him unconscious and wrote a “three-letter homophobic slur” on his forehead in the Nov. 20 attack:

The victim, identified by Fox 17 as 32-year-old Joe Williams, told the Paris Post-Intelligencer that a man had come into the shop earlier that day and asked him about his sexuality, before responding that he could not shop there if he was gay. He also said that he was called derogatory names during the beating, which took place as he was in the process of closing up the business for the night.
“I just fear for my life,” Williams told Fox 17. “I’m to the point now where I’m worried to even go outside … I live my life as a gay man and wasn’t ashamed of it and I just feel that I was targeted for that for that reason.”
The suspects also set Healthy Thyme on fire, causing about $5,500 in damages,according to WPSD.

Whether or not Paris, Tennessee, is such a hotbed of homophobic hatred as to cause Williams to fear for his life, however, it now appears that this alleged hate crime never happened:

A man who told police he had been robbed and beaten at a Paris health food store a few days before Thanksgiving was arrested after he allegedly withheld information about the incident and has now been charged with filing a false report.
Joe Williams, 32, of 803 E. Wood St. was arrested [Dec. 20] after turning himself in at the Henry County jail.
Williams originally told officers he had been beaten and robbed Nov. 20 at Healthy Thyme, which is at the same address as Williams’ home. . . .
Officers later found inconsistencies in Williams’ story. Paris Police Sgt. Ricky Watson said Williams failed to bring up certain facts known to investigators on three different occasions.
“He was given three opportunities to disclose that information, and he chose not to,” Watson said.
That leaves investigators trying to determine how much of Williams’ story might have been true.
“We’ve not been able to verify or dispel any of the statements made about the actual robbery or fire,” Watson said. “We’re looking into Mister Williams, and we’re looking into whether it did or did not happen.”

The apparent fakery by Williams probably won’t be reported in bold headlines by some outlets that reported the story originally.



  • Rain

    my first thought is insurance fraud, with bogus gay bashing as a cover…

  • Dianna Deeley

    I never understand why these people who stage these fake crimes cannot think it through. They seem to count on the drama, rather than creating a solid story. Which means, well, not faking a hate crime.

  • robertstacymccain

    It’s not a crime to be stupid, but most criminals are.

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  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Once they start the lie they are often stuck with it…

    And the lame stream media sucks it right up like Andrew Sullivan going down on a…

  • Taxpayer1234

    Yep, that sounds likely.

  • Unknown comentator

    Decriminalizing homoseuxlaity was a major mistake.

  • Steve Skubinna

    The first clue was that the anti-gay slur on his forehead was “GAF”

  • Ben Franklin

    Does anyone know where Alex Baldwin was during the time the alleged crime took place?

  • MattRoss

    He was going for the twofer!

  • ObamatheRacist

    Here is what happened a gay business owner committed a crime and torched his own business, then blamed someone else. Does anyone on the left have any morals any more? the answer is no

  • ObamatheRacist

    Su ckiin g this guys cock most likely. As the left says if you say nasty thing about gays you are a closet hom o sex tual so be must be one by the same rationality that he lives by. But we all know the rules don’t apply to Hollywood libtards. Its OK to be a bigot if you give a lot of $$ to Dems and lie

  • Adjoran

    Consider how many of the fakers may have got away with it in the past. If you belong to a favored “oppressed” group, MSM assumes your tales of horror are all true.

  • Adjoran

    “If crooks were smart, they wouldn’t be crooks.”
    ~ Batman

  • Adjoran

    If you look at the “hate crimes” on college campuses over the last 20 years, most were faked by a member of the alleged “victim” group. In rare cases, the perpetrators are expelled or suspended if caught.

    A good proportion of such incidents off campuses are also faked. These crimes are far more often phony than any other type of crime.

    But police charges are almost never filed, and most offenders are automatically forgiven if found out because “white privilege.”

  • MrSaturn

    Obviously it isn’t important that there was a faked hate crime. The importance is in the semblance of there being a hate crime. I mean how else are they going to get their voices out there?

  • Socialism: Organized Evil

  • Socialism: Organized Evil

    Mental illness.

    A propensity for homosexual sodomy has long been recognized as a symptom of serious mental illness.

  • Joe Dokes

    Thanks. Now I gotta change my shirt.

  • Joe Dokes

    I don’t buy it. Starting a fire would cause smoke and chemical pollution to hurt the environment and a left-leaning hippie (presumably…health food store) simply would not do that.


  • rmnixondeceased

    Remember, Brett Kimberlin owned a “health food store” selling lots of “herbs” …

  • Flotsam and Jetsam

    Wow. You’re just an intellectual furnace, aren’t you.


  • K-Bob

    It’s the digital form of

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  • BT

    Honestly, that was my first thoughts as well until i read this article.

    as an independent, i laughed off this URL as being obviously biased, as i’m willing to bet they are on most things. but as a person born and raised (recently escaped) i can say it is obvious that they actually went to Paris and interviewed a lot of people. There’s no way they would know half the shit in this article if they hadn’t.

  • BT

    i’m from Paris and it’s common knowledge around town that the false Police Report was BS. From the words of Officer Ricky Watson on why the decided to charge “We’ve not been able to verify or dispel any of the statements made about the actual robbery or fire,” Watson said. “We’re looking into Mister Williams, and we’re looking into whether it did or did not happen.” – Paris Post Intelligencer.

    They created a false police report charge after they attempted to coerce him into saying it was 3 Black guys in their 20’s, instead of 3 White guys in their 40’s.