Nearly forty years after a shocking and brutal unsolved murder in a tropical paradise, one woman’s determination to track down her brother’s killer lead to the conviction of Californian fugitive Silas Boston. After decades on the run, Silas was captured with the help of his two sons, who--as young boys back in 1978--witnessed the appalling killing of Penny Farmer’s brother and his girlfriend at the hands of their father. Sickeningly, Boston was later linked to several other killings on US soil – at one point he was even the FBI’s number 1 suspect in the notorious Golden State Killer case, until DNA ruled him out – and the list of crimes for which he was suspected put him in the leagues of America’s most prolific and elusive serial killers.
In July 1978, two bodies were discovered in the sea off Guatemala. They were found to be the remains of Chris Farmer and his girlfriend Peta Frampton, two young British graduates. Having been beaten and tortured, then thrown, still alive, into the sea, their bodies had been weighted down and dumped from the yacht on which they had been crewing. For nearly four decades, no one was charged with these brutal murders.
This is the shocking and compelling story of how Chris’s sister, Penny, and her family tracked down his and Peta’s killer. They painstakingly gathered evidence against Silas Boston, the yacht’s American owner, working alongside police in the UK and the USA, as well as the FBI, until he was finally arrested and charged with two counts of murder in 2016. In 2015, Penny finally unlocked the case by finding Boston’s son on social media, and it was his bravery in testifying against his own father that was the key to bringing down Chris and Peta’s killer after so many years.