Scott Phillip White Wiki – Biography
Scott Phillip White was arrested in a suburb of Sydney and charged with Scott Johnson’s murder in what law enforcement is calling a gay-hate crime, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. White’s brother Shane told the Daily Mail that White is innocent.
Johnson was working on his Ph.D. at the Australian National University when he died at the age of 27. His naked body was found on December 10, 1988, on the rocks at the bottom of a cliff at Blue Fish Point, an area that was subsequently determined to be a popular spot that gay men frequented.
Scott Phillip White Age
Scott Phillip White is 49 years old.
White has a brother named Shane who told the Daily Mail that White is innocent. He admitted that he and his brother used to drink on the northern beaches in the area near where Mr Johnson’s body was found, but denied either of them had committed the crime.
White has an estranged wife and children as revealed by another relative who helped in collecting his personal belonging.
In the 1980s gangs of teenage boys were known to attack gay men, sometimes killing them. Several men were found dead at the bottom of the cliffs. The gangs were called things like “Bondi Boys” and the “Alexandria Eight.”
NSW Police detectives have arrested a man as part of investigations into the murder of Scott Johnson, whose body was located near North Head more than 30 years ago.
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— NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) May 11, 2020
According to an article on the Bondi Boys published in the Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, the disappearances and deaths of men in the Marks Park area where Johnson’s body was found weren’t investigated as connected crimes until 10 years after they happened when a detective finally noticed similarities in the cases.
Journalist Rick Feneley, who worked on a documentary about the gangs and their hate crimes, Deep Water: The Real Story, reported that some boys were arrested for their role in murders but many were not. He reported at least 20 members of the Bondi Boys were suspected of being involved with the assaults on gay men but were never charged.
Scott Johnson Death
Scott’s naked body was found on December 10, 1988, on the rocks at the bottom of a cliff at Blue Fish Point, an area that was subsequently determined to be a popular spot where gay men frequented. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, police believe he was “thrown, hounded, or frightened off the cliff by at least two people motivated by hatred of gays.
After three decades, Australian authorities arrested White in connection with the murder of Scott Johnson.
Steve Johnson gave a statement thanking New South Wales law enforcement and said his brother “courageously lived his life as he wanted to. I hope the friends and families of the other dozens of gay men who lost their lives find solace in what’s happened today and hope it opens the door to resolve some of the other mysterious deaths of men who have not yet received justice,” he said.
In the Johnson death investigation, what may have finally solved the cold case was the reward money. That, and the persistence of Johnson’s brother Steve for the last 30 years.
It was Steve who pushed investigators to investigate again twice after the coroner’s initial report that his brother’s death was a suicide.
After the second inquest into the death in 2012, investigators had an open finding, according to NBC News. The third inquest in 2017 “found that Johnson fell from the clifftop as the result of violence by an unidentified attacker who perceived him to be gay,” NBC reported.
That decision officially made Johnson’s case a murder case.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a $1 million ($647,000 in American dollars) reward was offered in 2018 for information leading to an arrest in Johnson’s case. In March 2019, a lead investigator had narrowed in on a suspect.
Steve Johnson, a wealthy pioneer of AOL technology, according to Business Insider, then matched the reward money, bringing it up to $2 million ($1,295,039 in American dollars).