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New Scott Johnson series tells how they caught his killer

A new four part documentary series from ABC America about Scott Johnson’s 1988 death at Manly is now available on Disney+’s Star platform in Australia and finally reveals how the police got his killer Scott White to incriminate himself. Never Let Him Go was produced by Show of Force and Blackfella Films and tells the story …

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Docuseries Never Let Him Go on murder of gay man Scott Johnson

True crime documentary series Never Let Him Go will cover the infamous gay hate murder of Scott Johnson and his brother Steve’s decades-long crusade for justice.  Johnson, an American studying his PhD in mathematics, was found dead at the base of a cliff near Manly’s North Head in December 1988. He was 27. While his …

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Scott White sentenced to 9 years for death of Scott Johnson

After a long and arduous legal process, the long-awaited trial of Scott White, the prime suspect in the murder of Scott Johnson, reached its conclusion yesterday, with White receiving up to 9 years in prison. Just hours after the NSW Supreme Court found Stanley Bruce Early guilty for the murder of Raymon Keam in 1987, …

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‘I have no sympathy’: Justice finally to be served for Scott Johnson

After thirty-five years, justice may finally be served for Scott Johnson, the gay man who was tragically found dead at the base of a cliff in Sydney’s Manly in 1988. Scott Phillip White is once again scheduled to be sentenced for the manslaughter of Mr. Johnson. Despite already previously being sentenced for murder and pleading …

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Scott White pleads guilty to manslaughter of Scott Johnson

Scott White, the man arrested for the 1988 death of Scott Johnson, pleaded guilty to manslaughter today in the NSW Supreme Court. During a pre-trial hearing in 2022, White pleaded guilty to murder, however, he then immediately tried to reverse his plea. Scott Johnson was found dead on rocks at the base of a northern …

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Scott White’s lawyers call for trial in Scott Johnson murder case

The man convicted of the murder of Scott Johnson is hoping to rescind his guilty plea, and instead, go to trial. American mathematician Scott Johnson was found dead in Sydney at the base of a cliff near Manly’s North Head on December 10, 1988. He was 27. Police considered his death a suicide for many …

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Scott White sentenced to 12 years jail for Scott Johnson’s 1988 murder

A NSW Supreme Court judge has sentenced Scott White to 12 years jail for murdering gay man Scott Johnson in 1988. On Tuesday, Justice Helen Wilson sentenced Scott Phillip White to a maximum of 12 years and seven months for killing the American mathematician at a gay beat at Sydney’s North Head. White received a …

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Scott Johnson’s killer ‘often bragged about bashing gay men’

Scott White, the Sydney man convicted of killing gay man Scott Johnson in 1988, has faced Johnson’s grieving family as his ex-wife alleged White “often bragged” about bashing gay men. The 51-year-old is being sentenced before the Supreme Court for the 1988 murder of American mathematician Scott Johnson at Sydney’s North Head. After a bungled …

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Call for judge to head new investigation into unsolved gay hate murders

A bipartisan parliamentary committee has called on the New South Wales government to appoint a judge to re-examine dozens of potential historical gay hate murders in the state. The parliamentary inquiry was established in September 2018 to examine a string of historical gay and transgender hate crimes between 1970 and 2010. The committee’s report, not …

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Man accused of murdering gay man Scott Johnson pleads not guilty

The Sydney man accused of murdering gay man Scott Johnson in Sydney more than 32 years ago has pleaded not guilty to the crime. Johnson, an American national, was found dead in Sydney at the base of a cliff near Manly’s North Head on December 10, 1988. On May 12, 2020, police arrested Scott Phillip …

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