A 17-year old Washington state babysitter arranged for her boyfriend and his friend to rob her client’s home and then told police a man who resembled a black neighbor committed the crime. Her plan was foiled when 4-year old Abby, who she babysat told the police, “it wasn’t the right skin color.”
By then, police had already arrested neighbor 25-year-old Cody Oakes because he fit the description the babysitter gave.
She later admitted to police that she was in on the robbery, and worked with her 16-year-old boyfriend and 18-year-old Ruben J. Benjamin to pull off the crime.
It is the latest case in a string of high profile national cases where a white person accuses a black person for a crime she or he is actually responsible of committing. The most in famous was the 1994 case of South Carolina’s Susan Smith who falsely accused a black man of carjacking her and killing her children when she is the one who murdered her two sons. Smith is currently serving out a life sentence for the crime.
In 2003, Brian Douglas Wells went into a Pennsylvania bank with a bomb tied around his neck, claiming that a group of black men had planted the bomb on him, but it turned out he and some of his friends had planned the whole thing.
In 2008, Ashley Todd, a John McCain supporter carved the letter B into her forehead and said a black Obama supporter did it.
In 2009, Bonnie Sweeten, a white woman, told police she and her daughter had been abducted by two black men in a Cadillac to cover up a trip to Disney World.
In 2010, Vancouver resident Bethany Storro threw acid on her own face but said a black woman did it.
In 2011, Amanda Knox allegedly killed her roomate, though she was found not guilty and face another trial, and blamed her black shopkeeper whose life was torn apart after the false accusation. It later turned out her boyfriend and another friend were involved. One of those friends is black and is currently serving a sentence for the crime in Italy.
In 2012, a 17-year old Washington state teen stabbed and killed his girlfriend Jasmyn Tully and said a black man did it.
In 2014, a California man, Brent Thomas Posada, shot himself in the leg but said a black guy did it.