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Scott Johnson

Gay Sydney

A review of 88 suspicious deaths in Sydney over three decades has found that 27 men were likely to have been the victims of gay hate crimes. Strike Force Parrabell was established in 2015 to review 88 deaths between 1976 and 2000 which researchers highlighted as having potential gay-hate bias motivation or connection with the …


It’s taken three inquests and almost 30 years but a coroner today found that 27-year-old American mathematician Scott Johnson’s death in 1988 was the result of a gay hate attack. The finding vindicates his family’s enduring belief that he was targeted during Sydney’s notorious wave of homophobic crime in the 1980s. Johnson’s naked body was …