Officials: Burn Victim’s Claims False

Matt Reynolds and Katie Norwood, The Franklin Sun, October 24, 2012

Two days after multiple law enforcement agencies began an investigation into the attack and burning of a Winnsboro woman at Civitan Park, authorities now believe the wounds were self-inflicted.

According to Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Thomas, evidenced gathered at the scene of the incident shows 20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt’s initial claims that she was attacked and set on fire turned out to be false claims made up by Moffitt.


On Sunday, officers responded to a 911 call around 8 p.m. near the walking trail at Civitan Park to find Moffitt with burns covering her body. {snip}

Moffitt could not identify the race of her attackers, but said three men wearing “T-shirt hoodies” doused her in a flammable liquid and set her on fire at the park. {snip}

Moffitt was taken to Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro and then transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, where it was determined she had burns on over 60 percent of her body.

State Police arrived by helicopter with its crime lab team to gather evidence shortly after Moffitt was taken for medical assistance. Law enforcement officials gathered evidence from the scene all night, finishing its scaling of the crime scene by Monday morning.

After analyzing the evidence at the State Police Crime Lab, it was discovered Moffitt’s fingerprints were on the cigarette lighter and the lighter fluid recovered near the wooded area around the crime scene.

“There is more physical evidence along those lines that back this up,” Thomas said.


False rumors regarding the incident were spread on various social media outlets Sunday night just hours after the incident took place. On many of the Twitter and Facebook posts, users speculated the attack was a hate crime and Moffitt was attacked for wearing a President Obama t-shirt when she was “raped and burned alive”.

Moffitt’s mother and Thomas confirmed Monday that the Obama T-shirt rumor was false and there was no evidence of sexual assault.

A racial slur and the letters, KKK, that were written in toothpaste on Moffitt’s vehicle were linked to female DNA, authorities said.

“All of the evidence is pointing back to the victim inflicting this upon herself,” Thomas said. “No evidence has shown any other person was involved.”


Candlelight vigils for Moffitt were held Monday night around Winnsboro before the facts of the case were revealed.


While Thomas and Cobb said no charges have been filed against Moffitt at this time, the case evidence will be turned over to the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review.



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  • Puggg

    Waiting for the DA to file false report or obstruction charges against her.


    • humptydumpty

      Puggg, I’d agree, but it isn’t even worth it. Let the poor slug go her own way and forgettaboudit…

      • 5n4k33y35

        Yeah right. She’s already trying to get through this without an official confession. She already has some people saying it really happened and it’s just racist cops hiding the truth. 

    • Detroit_WASP

      Liar, liar… Afro on fire?

      Does the name Tawanna Brawley ring a bell?

      I wonder if Bill Cosby will offer to send her to college…fo freeee?

      • That is right, I was thinking about Tawana Brawley when I read this article. Actually it was Al Sharpton’s organization that paid for her to attend Howard University. Last I read, she is a practicing Muslim and is working in a nursing home in Virginia.

  • Is this psychotic black going to be charged with filing a false police report as well
    as arson!

    • I have not seen Rev. Al or Jesse show up to try to defend this woman like they did with Brawley. I wonder if they smelled a rat?

    • Duke56

       “arson” means something of value got burned.

      • Asian hair isn’t cheap

      • Naturally Duke…I stand corrected….

  • Sincerely Concerned

    Immediately upon reading the story via a link on a social page from a celebrity, I knew this was a hoax.  Not just because of the celebrity, but because of the story.  White hoods or hoodies, “KKK”, etc.  It was obvious. 

    Yet, we can hold our breath until we die before we will see international reporting or even national about the multitudes of black-on-white REAL violent crimes, including murders.


  • I love my people, I love you guys. You would be shocked if I could print the scary, scary things I would be willing to do to promote and protect us. Very little is off the table–

    I am not going to set myself on fire for you.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    While Thomas and Cobb said no charges have been filed against Moffitt at this time, the case evidence will be turned over to the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review.”

    Where charges will not be filed, because the poor dear has suffered enough punishment already.

  • Ulick

    The punishment for this hoax should be the punishment that the alleged would have received if sentenced based on the fraudulent allegations. I’d assume setting someone on fire would be attempted murder and 20+ years in prison, so Ms. Let’s Scare Black People Into Attacking More Innocent White People should get 20+ years in prison.

  • Tom_in_Miami

    This is a repeat comment: So, now we know for sure what happened, and the guilt lies with the
    alleged victim.  Still, who’s stuck with the bill for the
    investigations?  How about the medical bills?  And how about the victims
    of other crimes the po-leese were too busy with this affair to
    investigate?  Somebody got over, in spite of herself, and somebody got a
    servicing.  At least the perp will have some scars and perhaps pain to
    remind her that racism and lies don’t always pay enough to make them
    worthwhile, but what will the DA do with the false (never mind hateful) claim?

  • JohnEngelman

    It is a good thing the truth came out before this provoked black ghetto riots. 

  • redfeathers

    The FBI got involved with this “case”.  I don’t recall the FBI investigating any recent black on white attacks.  It’s always a robbery gone wrong or bored youths misbehaving.

    • Michael C. Scott

      They had to get involved.  Put yourself in the position of the FBI district chief there.  If he hadn’t gotten the bureau involved, the “folk” would have been shrieking that they were being ignored, and the aforementioned certain district chief would have ended up looking for a new job after being personally fired by Eric Holder (the FBI is subordinate to the Department of Justice).

  • JohnEngelman

    These claims are true:
    There is more black-on-white than black-on-black violent crime. Of the approximately 1,700,000 interracial crimes of violence involving blacks and whites, 90 percent are committed by blacks against whites.Blacks are therefore up to 250 times more likely to do criminal violence towhites than the reverse.
    – Jared Taylor, from The Color of Crime   

  • Mercerian Jed

    The headline reads as though the  evidence file of her false claims should be burned so as to prevent “ugly stereotyping of black privilege”.

    “Even though we don’t endorse what she did, everyone must recognize that her actions were just the desperate cry of the unheard who is suffering from the harmful and ongoing effects of historic White privilege.  Until we UnDo systemic bias, institutional racism, structural inequity, and elite bigotry through more Diversity Enforcement, we can’t make progress toward a transformed society.”

    -Officer of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, any college, you name it, they all sound the same, speaking in one voice, marching for unity, worshipping St. MLK, swarming into White churches and neighborhoods, etc…

    • MerlinV

      What’s up with all this “Jed” stuff? We’ve had carnival Jed, preacher Jed, platinum blonde Jed, Indian Shaman Jed, now you… Jed.

  • Germanacus

    For any MSM people reading this website, don’t think for one second that Whites aren’t seeing the blatant race-based double standards being applied by the psycho-leftists in your craft. Whites attacked by blacks DAILY and ignored by the major news outlets! But let so much as a rumor of a White attacking a black and everything is dropped, sirens go off, world-wide news feeds are made ready, and teams of reporters are drooling at the chance of slamming Whites with the racism hammer. Evil White racists attacking sweet little innocent Africans, helpless under the brutal assualt of White terror.

    You’ve become complicit with black savagery against White people. You’ve aided and abetted the most criminal prone group in the country. You’ve lied about and concealed black crimes.

    Whites are waking up. They are noticing and they are sick of it! I hope the truth catches up with every one of you evil thugs!

  • MerlinV

    Scroll down the page and look into the eyes of this innocent 14 year old girl. Then take a good look at the savage that murdered her. Here’s some real crime for ya.

    • 5n4k33y35

      It’s like being stabbed in the heart. I wish I could cut that guy to pieces. Likewise with the murderers of Autumn Pasquale, and the ones who killed Megan Boken.

  • She should be charged with a hate crime for writing race crimes on her own car, this is inciting racism.

  • hate crime

  • Al Sharpton still believes Brawley till this day. No one else does.

    • 5n4k33y35

      Someone should ask him that, point blank on his show. 

      • 325air82

        who besides his relatives watch his show?

  • toldev

     That is a good point. This incident was only uncovered as a hoax through modern forensic technology. If Sharmeka Moffitt had done this decades ago, none would be the wiser. That leads to the question: How many racial incidents during the civil rights era were actually staged false flag operations?

    • 5n4k33y35

      You’re absolutely right to be paranoid. And the same things are being used to keep the war happening in Afghanistan. False flag operations.

      If only we could see through the eyes of God, it would be spectacular to know the treachery wrought on humanity by a relatively small number of provocateurs.

  • Angry White Woman

    She will no doubt have dreadful scarring from this epic fail at winning the ghetto lottery. Well, maybe it wasn’t a fail after all. Undoubedly she will be given hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of “free” plastic surgery reconstruction. (Free to her, not to the taxpayers, of course.) She will also receive lots of “free” mental health therapy, a lifetime supply of “crazy checks”, and plenty of other perks we as white people don’t even know about. 

  • MarcusTrajanus

    This was in the papers over here too. I had to mention it had already been shown to be a hoax when a (non-White) co-worker read the story acting all shocked.

  • youhavetherighttoremainsilent

    hate crime? no. blk beating of white teacher labeled misdemeanor simple assault mayor says dont fear pittsburg downtown..yeah right

  • youhavetherighttoremainsilent

    scan down to middle of page to see dajour washington the blk in the mob who sucker punched the white 50 yr old pittsburg teacher who was knocked out in the king game hitting his head on the curb