Charges Filed in Winnsboro Burning Hoax

Carolyn Roy, KSLA, March 19, 2013

The Winnsboro woman who police say set herself on fire in October and reported she had been the victim of a racially-motivated attack is now facing criminal charges.

20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt was rushed to the Regional Burn Center at LSU Hospital back on October 21, after a 911 call brought police to Civitan Park.

Sharmeka Moffitt

Sharmeka Moffitt

In the call, police say Moffitt reported that she had been attacked by three men in white hoodies. State police also later confirmed that “KKK” had been smeared on the hood of Moffitt’s car in a paste-like substance, with a racial slur underneath.

Moffitt allegedly told police the men doused her in a flammable liquid and set her on fire. Lewis said she extinguished the fire using water from a nearby spigot before a police officer arrived.

Word of the horrific attack spread quickly on social media, with speculation swirling that it was a hate crime that prompted the NAACP to call for a thorough investigation of the incident.

Two days later, Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Thomas revealed that their investigation had linked Moffitt’s fingerprints to a lighter and a bottle of lighter fluid found at the scene.

“The investigation (of) Ms Moffitt has revealed that this was not an attack but a self-inflicted incident that happened to her,” said Chief Thomas.


Moffitt has since been released from the hospital and returned to Winnsboro.


On Tuesday morning, Franklin Parish 5th District Attorney Mack Lancaster confirmed that his office had filed a bill of information charging Moffitt with one count of terrorizing and one count of false swearing for the purpose of violating public safety.


Lancaster says Moffitt isn’t a flight risk and won’t be required to turn herself in. Bond will be set at her arraignment on April 23rd. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison, but probation is also an option.


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  • Bill

    Eric “my people”Holder will come to her rescue. IF she shows up for the hearing and charging.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The great Steve Sailer put it best: KKK Is The New UFO.

      On second thought, I take that back; people who claim to be victims of alien abductions have far more credibility than blacks and liberals whites who say they were attacked by Klansmen.

    • Nobody

      We all know black peoples’ track record when it comes to attending their own criminal proceedings.

  • More KKKrazy Glue time.

    Lancaster says Moffitt isn’t a flight risk and won’t be required to turn herself in. Bond will be set at her arraignment on April 23rd. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison, but probation is also an option.

    And if this would have actually been K people doing what she initially alleged, they would have been arrested, and would have gotten a high bond amount set, and obviously probation wouldn’t be an option.

  • robin

    this is becoming commonplace.
    It’s shows a hatred of whites on one hand and willingness to lie/cheat on the other.

    • White Mom in WDC

      What perplexes me is why? Why set yourself on fire? Are you that in desperate need of attention?

      • sbuffalonative

        The mind of a black person is an enigma.

        • Assuming a black person has a mind, of course.

        • Luis

          Shrouded in a mystery wrapped inside the unknown.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Battered and deep fried inside a taco surrounded by a pizza wrapped in a burrito.

          • Nobody

            Shrouded in crack smoke wrapped inside a blunt wrap.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Why? It’s the sort of thing that makes sense only if one’s name is Sharmeka. At a guess, she probably thought there would eventually be some sort of fat payout.

        • Bad_Mr_Frosty

          So what do we call this? The hate crime lottery?

          • Michael_C_Scott

            I think “TNB” pretty much sums it up.

          • Nobody

            That should be a new TV station. TNB – Urban News Network

      • Toad

        Maybe she just wanted to be a HOTTIE for a day?

    • sbuffalonative

      A hate crime hoax should be prosecuted the same as a hate crime for the same reason; it targets a group of people. Throw that in their face.

    • StillModerated

      Those traits were ever present. They’re floating up to the surface like scum with ever greater frequency, and YT must stop dreaming. Stay armed my friend.

  • a multiracial individual

    On Huffpo, many people knew that this was a hoax right when the story broke. Of course, they were called racists. KKK membership is at what 4-5K? They play paintball and accomplish nothing else.

    • Strider73

      From what I hear the KKK is nothing but several groups of FBI informants taking turns at ratting each other out.

  • The__Bobster

    The truth about the incident doesn’t matter as much as “the seriousness of the charge”.

    I’m amazed that the libtards fall for these hoaxes every time.

    • Strider73

      Why be amazed? Libtards have the same low intellectual capacity as blacks, only in their case it’s usually self-inflicted. As Michael Savage has famously declared, liberalism is a mental disorder.

      • mike

        You know I do have to think sometimes liberalism is a mental desease. How else can one account for the fact that people give up their right to self defense, import the kind of people who are willing and likely to harm them physically and mentally and at the same time do everything in their power to support these same folks in every aspect of their life as well as feeding, sheltering and taking care of their health needs. How could anything be crazier.

      • Nobody

        Michael Savage has a mental disorder.

    • robin

      the need fodder to perpetuate the scam……..
      why else do these hoaxes?

  • Angry White Woman

    “State police also later confirmed that “KKK” had been smeared on the hood of Moffitt’s car in
    a paste-like substance, with a racial slur underneath.”

    Isn’t KKK and “a racial slur” (the N-word) exactly the same thing Tawana Brawley wrote on her own body way back 30 years ago? Haven’t these people got ANY imagination and/or original ideas?

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Nope. All they know is that white liberals told them it was horrible if anyone ever calls them the n-word and that the KKK wants to kill them. They’re not intelligent enough to research these things themselves, so they take them at their word.

      If white liberals didn’t tell them about the KKK, most blacks probably would never know they existed.

      • Nobody

        That’s true, they probably wouldn’t know who MLK or Malcom X or Fredrick Douglas or Booker T. Washington were either. Not that they care about that kind of thing anyway.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Didn’t you know that back in the day, the Klan was notorious for its toothpaste attacks?

      Some student of history you turned out to be!

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Even if she doesn’t get much – or any – prison time, hanging a felony conviction on this lying, manipulative nut-job is a nice start. A standard punishment in hoax cases is reimbursement for the money wasted on the unnecessary investigation, and this can be quite a chunk of change. That’s hair-extensions and glued-on fingernails Moffitt will have to do without for a while!

    I hope the burns were disfiguring.

    • guest

      Can the real KKK sue her for defamation? But you’re right, she’s penniless forever now. Her real fun will start when the EBTs run dry and she’s a penniless disfigured homeless woman. That’s as bad as any prison sentence, I assume.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Homeless? She very likely will be. I don’t know about North Carolina, but out this way, most apartment complexes, property management companies and independent landlords run credit checks on prospective tenants, and $10 K or so worth of unpaid medical bills will kill Sharmeka’s credit, assuming she had any to begin with.

        I doubt they can sue; I think the real Klan died out in the early 1870s after founder Nathan Bedford Forrest ordered it to disband in 1869. I don’t believe the second and third versions, founded in 1915 and and after World War Two, respectively were really the same thing.

        • Katherine McChesney

          Freemason Albert Pike reorganized it. By then, it had become a group of lower intelligence whites. I saw a massive parade of KKK’s on a march to Selma when I was 16 years of age. It was a frightening experience as they also targeted whites who disagreed with them. Among many whites the KKK members were considered to be uneducated white trash. Many of them came out of the Baptist churches.

      • StillModerated

        You’d be absolutely amazed at what heinous acts knee grows forgive amongst themselves. She’ll be a heroine, and then be mugged by yoofs.

        • rebelcelt

          the black community will always believe she was set up.

          • Nobody

            They still believe that the girl a few years ago in West Virginia was kidnapped and tortured just because she was black, despite the fact that she came out and said she made it all up a few months later to get back at her ex boyfriend. Mention this to any black people however, and of course “the racist white cops made her change her story 9 months later” DURR

        • Melanie

          You’re not even joking. Faux saint Rosa Parks had her Chimpcago home invaded and robbed by one of her “bruthas”, and was beaten by same. Years later, when he was again apprehended while attempting to rob a church, he bragged about his attack on Parks, by way of identifying himself.

      • Andy

        They should. That would be hilarious, and might give other hoaxers pause.

    • Nobody

      The jokes on us, she already had bad credit.

  • Tim

    I read somewhere that hate attacks on a persons physical body are EXTREMELY rare and strongly indicate a hoax to investigators…

    • Eric Shun

      Unless the hate attack is black on White.

  • joesolargenius

    Hey give the sister a break she was probably just high and pulled a richard pryor on herself !

  • MekongDelta69

    Screaming “the KKK did it” is as useless a false shield as screaming, “racism.”

    At the present day, the KKK has all of approximately 2,000 or so (hard-core – or, if you like the term better, ‘card-carrying’) members.

    It’s the same when the $SPLC screams, “It was the Neo-Nazis who you have to watch.”
    They also have about the same number of ‘card-carrying’ members.

    Meanwhile, blacks, browns, Muslims, you name it – have millions of ‘members.’

    • Who Me?

      “At the present day, the KKK has all of approximately 2,000 or so (hard-core – or, if you like the term better, ‘card-carrying’) members.”

      Indeed. And about 1900 of them are undercover Government infiltrators of various stripes.

  • [Guest]

    Okay, so it didn’t happen. Let’s look upon this incident as a learning experience and open up a racial dialogue in which we condemn the white race as evil.

    Otherwise, Sharmeka will have suffered in vain.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Attempts to contact the only two remaining North Carolina Klan members in their Raleigh nursing home were not answered.

    • Eric Shun

      But they’re still on the FBI’s informant payroll dreaming up wild stories for their gullible handlers as they’ve been doing for the past forty years.

  • zimriel

    Oh heck, maybe it *was* the KKK. Seeing how infiltrated the Klan is by Eric Holder’s employees these days, anything they do has to be viewed as left-wing trollery.

  • tarczan

    The name “Sharmeka” was all the cops needed to figure out what really happened here.

  • RisingReich

    On a more serious note, I’m glad the terror charges were filed. Should be a hate crime ‘inciting racial violence” because that’s exactly what she was after.

  • Paleoconn

    She should be forced to apologize to the KKK on national TV, with $harpton and Je$$e by her side.

  • Paleoconn

    The fact that KKK was spelled wrong should have been their first clue it was a hoax.

    • A long time ago I read news about KKK graffiti hoax that was exposed as a hoax because the “K” letters were sprayed backwards.

      • Paleoconn

        hahah so it actually happened.

  • [Guest]

    >>>Word of the horrific attack spread quickly…

    What “horrific attack”?

    Oh, the “horrific attack” that didn’t happen? That “horrific attack”?

    • Michael_C_Scott

      “Hype of the ridiculous hoax spread quickly…”

      There; I fixed it.

  • Shattered

    Expecting to make a few million dollars off it no doubt.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Yes but she seems to have based her approach on the Underpants Gnomes’ (from South Park) incomplete business model:

      1. Collect underpants.
      2. ?
      3. Profit!

      Substitute “Set Myself on Fire” in step one and you have Sharmeka Moffitt. Gnome sayin? (I couldn’t resist.)

  • Robert L.Thomas

    The same thing just happened at Oberlin College but it’s being swept under the rug.If anyone mentions the KKK you can be certain it’s a hoax.

  • Annie

    See what white teens do to poor innocent black guys…

    Proud day to be white in America

    • Nathanwartooth

      Oh, you.

      This is the fallacy called “See, White do bad things too!!!!”.


      Every race does bad things. It’s just that Blacks commit crimes at an insane rate compared to every other racial group. Crime breaks down like this: Blacks > Hispanics > Whites > Asians.

      What did you think was going to happen? You post a news story about Whites doing something disgusting and we all suddenly want to slit our wrists for being White?

      Grow up and pay attention. You might just learn something while on this site.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        The million-dollar question is when, with these simply HoRrIbLe whites picking on blacks so often, blacks will stop demanding to live in our neighborhoods, go to our schools and work at our businesses.

        Needless to say, I’m not going to hold my breath while I wait.

        • Nathanwartooth

          I would love to start an organization called “Stop racism now!” that paid for Blacks to move to the majority Black country of their choice to get away from the evil Whites.

          I mean Haiti has been free of Whites for over 200 years. That should be a paradise for Blacks. That would be a major destination.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            I wouldn’t approve of Haiti for the reasons that it is too close, and that blacks have destroyed it so comprehensively that even they don’t want to stay there.

            Can you imagine if the island of Hispaniola was white? It would be a vacation paradise only a one-hour flight from Miami: swimming, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing in the sea and hiking and horseback riding in the hills, together with five-star restaurants.

            Instead the place is an open sewer.

          • zimriel

            Most of it is white, or at least white-run (some Taino, some black). It’s the Dominican Republic and – omg, you’re right, it’s got all the stuff you mentioned.

    • StillModerated

      I’ll consider the source, digital urban voice, and declare that it never happened.

      • Nathanwartooth

        The part about them murdering them seems to be true but the part about having sex on their dead bodies seems to be contained to Black supremacist sites.

        I found something about it on the CBS local site but it’s not formatted correctly and I can’t read any of it.

        So did the having sex on their bodies part happen? Maybe, I have no idea.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Google The Knoxville Horror.

      Annie you should change your moniker to ‘Annie-Christ’.

  • fraud fraud fraud

    Dont forget the Duke rape hoax or the 100 black churches burned in SC in the 90s blamed on whites when in fact it was discovered after several years of the media milking it to death in glee that they were all burned by black leaders of the churches to collect the insurance money or get a new church free from the govt or donors. They never apologized.

    They still want you to believe Zimmerman was white too. Bottom line the entire uncivil rights bowel movement was a communist rig from Brown vs Brown in the 50s and Rosa Parks lies to the MLK troublemaker womanizer marches to the burning down of all big cities in the north and west that led to 100 million urban whites escaping to create the suburbs or moving south to escape the disaster their own leaders had created.

    Civil rights is a hoax and now you have a double whammy with Lucifer Opoopa in office making America a faggot nation since he is a down low faggot.

    • StillModerated

      Let it out brother! That’s good! You have successfully identified the enemies. Now go buy guns and ammo.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I knew most of those arsons were by black church leaders, but I figured some of the incidents were probably teen methamphetamines users pretending to be “Satanists”. Glad I was wrong.

    • a multiracial individual

      That’s cute, you’re (presumably) over the age of 18 and you still use the word “f*gg*t.” I haven’t heard that word since high school.

      • Nobody

        Sounds like he hit a nerve.

        • a multiracial individual

          You are the second person here to hint at this. Very strange. No, I am simply from S. California where people are not so homophobic.

  • StillModerated

    How many priors does this sub-human have?

  • jeffaral

    We can’t blame the Blacks for lack of imagination. Sharmeka, what a name!

  • rebelcelt

    Has there been a real hate crime involving whites attacking blacks in the last 20years. it seems everyone ends up as a black hoax.

    • Nathanwartooth

      Any time a Black is killed by a White no matter the reason it’s a “hate crime”. Oh a Black pulled out a gun at a Police officer and the Police officer shot back? Hate crime.

  • Fed Up

    She should also be charged for “air pollution.”

    Yesterday, Discovery channel had an hour-long program on the KKK. Hate to say it, the blithering idiot representing the SPLC came off a light-year less credible than those KKK members interviewed. If I were to make a cash donation to either side, it sure as hell would never be the SPLC.

  • Nobody

    Every time I see some kind of incident like this it always turns out to be a hoax. Maybe that is because white people are too busy working and supporting their families to go spray paint the N word on a 1993 Cavalier or burn down some crack house.

  • Token Finn

    Although this particular incident turned out false, it draws attention to some very important issues…the lengths to which non-whites will go in order to harm whites.

  • The pentalty for crimes like this need to be so high that fake hate crimes will never happen.

  • Topper

    She needed to use more gasoline on herseff.
    Now if this isn’t a RACE CRIME/HATE CRIME what is it?
    Trying to raise trouble among people not involved in anyway because they are beautifully white.

  • Lars

    She is the model citizen Alicia keys is singing about.

  • SmithandSmith

    Please, I ask nicely here, PLEASE STOP insulting, demeaning and making it like the whole Klan is nothing but cops and tattle tales ’cause they’re not.

    So y’all have never known a Klan Member, okay. Now y’all know one. I’m a Card Carrying Member so now ya know one. Please stop insulting the One and ONLY Group of Americans who have, for a Hundred Forty Eight Years now, been around and all without changing their Stand about non-whites (yes,they changed their minds about people like me (a half italian girl) but they have NEVER folded unlike everyone else. That in and of itself should always be applauded and especially now given how far gone America has been forced to go.

    Please, leave The Klan alone. Y’all want to be White? Leave us alone. Stop insulting us. By the way, so what if cops really have infiltrated (I have never seen proof of this myself and it’d sure be nice if y’all would, for once, provide proof of your accusations) who cares? The Klan is dong nothing wrong and the last time I checked, Free Speech is still allowed and that’s all we do. Stop insulting us please.