I remember hearing about this case, and it struck me as strange at the time but not enough to write about it.

Add the case to a long line of fake hate crimes — which often occur on campuses or among students/faculty, where the desire to achieve a political point and be a hero victim seems all too common.

From The Hartford Current (h/t Instapundit):

The day Alexandra Pennell addressed an anti-hate rally at Central Connecticut State University about the anti-gay messages scrawled on her door, police had begun to question her claims.

Twice the video surveillance system placed in Pennell’s room to help police identify the person responsible for scrawling the notes had been disabled, in one case just before a note was slid under Pennell’s dorm room door.

Police say only after they set up a second camera in a hall closet — a camera that Pennell did not know about — did they learn the truth: Pennell had been writing the notes herself.

For a partial list of hate crime hoaxes, see this Google search.

Video added (h/t reader Infidel Joe):

Cops: CCSU student faked anti-gay harassment: wtnh.com