Scott Phillip White Wiki – Scott Phillip White Biography
Scott Phillip White was arrested on Tuesday morning and charged with killing Scott Johnson, a 27-year-old PhD student who moved from California to Australia to study.
Scott Johnson Murder
Mr. Johnson’s naked body was found at the base of cliffs at Blue Fish Point, near Manly’s north head-on Sydney’s northern beaches, on December 10, 1988.
Strike Force Welsford detectives swooped on White’s unit at Lane Cove, on Sydney’s lower north shore, early on Tuesday before charging him with one count of murder.
White’s brother Shane arrived at his unit to collect his belongings and told Daily Mail Australia he too had been interviewed by NSW Police last year.
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
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 strongly denied either of them had committed the crime.
Who is Scott Johnson?
Scott 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 Dec. 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.
Scott Phillip White Age
He is 49 years old.
Arrest and Charges
On May 12, Scott Phillip White, 49, was arrested in a suburb of Sydney and charged with Scott Johnson’s murder for 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.
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 ten 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.
Facts You Need to Know
- Scott Phillip White, 49, has been charged with the 1988 murder of Scott Johnson
- White’s brother Shane revealed that he had been interviewed by police last year
- He said they would regularly drink on the beaches near where Johnson had died
- Johnson, 27, was found naked at the base of cliffs on Sydney’s northern beaches
- NSW Police made the breakthrough as they swooped on White’s unit on Tuesday
- Third inquest into Johnson’s death in 2017 found his death likely ‘gay hate crime’
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