Over 30 years after savage gay slayings, Oz at last hopes for ...

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Over 30 years after savage gay slayings, Oz at last hopes for answers

Gay men targeted by gangs at the time were let down by police, community and media, says top cop after arrest

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A breakthrough arrest in the alleged murder of a gay American man in Sydney, Australia, three decades ago has raised hopes of solving other violent homophobic attacks from that era, Australian police said on Wednesday.

Australian Scott Phillip White, 49, was arrested and charged on Tuesday with murdering US mathematician Scott Johnson, whose body was found at the base of a cliff in December 1988.

Johnson’s death was initially ruled a suicide, but a 2017 inquest found it was likely the 27-year-old had been pushed over the cliff or fell while trying to escape assailants...

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