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Man arrested over 1988 murder of Scott Johnson

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A man has been arrested over the 1988 murder of Scott Johnson

Johnson was one of a a series of young gay men who fell to their deaths over cliffs around Sydney near gay beats. Initially his death was ruled a suicide, but after pressure from his family (especially his brother Steve Johnson) that was overturned and it was ruled a probable homicide.

NSW police reopened inquiries into 88 deaths occurring between 1976 and 2000 to see if they were likely to have been hate killings.

What shocked me so much the first time I heard about these deaths, particularly the 1987-90 murders, was that the alleged perpetrators were so young - not that much different in age to me in fact. 

I hope there is a trial, that it gives the family and society some justice - and that it cracks the lid on more prosecutions.




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I hope his family get justice and that eventually all those other deaths get solved. I was 1 in 1988 and that feels a long time ago, I can't imagine how it must feel for a family to wait that long for justice. 

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