Dead in the Water: My Forty-Year Search for My Brother's Killer

Dead in the Water: My Forty-Year Search for My Brother's Killer

by Penny Farmer
Dead in the Water: My Forty-Year Search for My Brother's Killer

Dead in the Water: My Forty-Year Search for My Brother's Killer

by Penny Farmer


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“This account by Farmer is both intimate but also the dispassionate, clear version you’d expect from a journalist.”—, “20 Best True Crime Books"

In this shocking true-crime drama, a forty-year-old double murder brings together a grieving family and two brothers—just kids when they witnessed their father commit the brutal act—to track down a psychopath once suspected as being the Golden State Killer.

“A real-life page turner more intriguing than anything on Netflix.” –Matt Nixson, Books Editor, Mail on Sunday (London)

In 1978, two tortured corpses—hooded, bound, and weighted down with engine parts—were found in the sea off Guatemala. Junior doctor Chris Farmer and his girlfriend, Peta Frampton, were still clinging to life when they were thrown from the yacht they’d been crewing.

Here is the gripping account of how Chris's family worked alongside police, the FBI, and Interpol to gather evidence against the boat’s Californian skipper, Silas Duane Boston. Almost four decades later, in 2015, Chris’s sister, Penny, used Facebook to track down Boston. Following the detailed, haunting testimony of his own two sons—who also implicated their father in a string of other killings—Boston was finally arrested and charged with two counts of maritime murder.

A story of homicide on the high seas, Dead in the Water is also a tale of a family’s fortitude and diligence in tracking down a monster.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635766196
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 301,110
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Raised in Manchester, Penny Farmer graduated with an English Literature degree from Lancaster University and then moved to London to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Journalism at City University. Experiencing something of a baptism of fire as a reporter on a North London local newspaper at the time of the Broadwater Farm Estate riots in Tottenham in 1985, she learned the trade and knew that writing was in her soul. She has also served as an editor for Woman magazine. Penny is now a freelance journalist and public-relations consultant.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue xi

1 Adrift 1

2 Each Other's Compass 5

3 New Horizons 14

4 A Disastrous Tack 18

5 "Nothing Much Happens on a Boat" 27

6 Dead Wake 32

7 Headwinds 59

8 Time and Tide Wait for No Man 77

9 A Voyage to My Brother 81

10 Edging Forward 92

11 "On a Boat There Is Nowhere to Go" 105

12 After the Storm 125

13 Beneath the Surface 137

14 The Pearl in the Oyster 155

15 Caught…Hook, Line, and Sinker 167

16 Land in Sight 188

17 Death Roll 193

18 Hands Across the Sea 201

19 The Spawning Ground 210

20 Boston, the Destroyer 218

21 The Perfect Storm 230

22 Journeys End 238

Epilogue: Fair Winds and Following Seas-The Mother's Story 243

Appendix 1 The Anglo-American "A" Team 249

Appendix 2 Thoughts on the Case 251

Appendix 3 Chris's Music 259

Acknowledgements 263

About the Author 265

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