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Dead in the Water

My Forty-Year Search for My Brother's Killer
Narrated by: Tess Gallagher, Ian Porter
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
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In this shocking, heart-wrenching true-crime drama, a 40-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.

In 1978, two tortured corpses were discovered in the sea off Guatemala. Hooded, bound with ropes and weighted down with heavy engine parts, Chris Farmer and his girlfriend Peta Frampton were still clinging to life when they were thrown from a yacht on which they had been crewing. 

This is the gripping account of how Chris's family painstakingly gathered evidence against the boat's Californian skipper, Silas Duane Boston, working alongside the FBI, Interpol, and police in the UK and the USA. Almost four decades later in 2015, there was a major breakthrough in the case when, using Facebook, Chris's sister Penny tracked Boston down. Following the testimony of his two sons who, as young boys, had witnessed the horrific murder of Chris and Peta at the hands of their father, Boston was finally arrested and charged with two counts of maritime murder. 

Chillingly, Boston was later linked to several other killings on US soil - at one point he was even the FBI's prime suspect in the notorious Golden State Killer case, until DNA ruled him out. The list of crimes for which he was suspected put him in the league of America's most prolific and elusive serial killers. 

Not just a story of murder on the high seas, Dead in the Water is a tale that offers insights into the minds of the killer and his two sons. And it reveals a family's fortitude and diligence in tracking down a monster of a man, a task which ultimately fell to the author to complete. It exemplifies that life can be senselessly snuffed out but love never dies.

©2019 Penny Farmer (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A riveting story.

The author describes the search for her brother’s killer in minute detail. This true story is so well written and performed that you feel the experiences as they are being read. I can’t begin to imagine how the author and her family lived through this with an ounce of sanity at the end. I reached out to the author after reading this book to express my condolences to her and her family. I immediately received a warm and gracious response from her. My heart goes out to Penny, her family and all who knew her brother and his girlfriend.

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Excellent recount of such a senseless tragedy. My compliments to the family for their tireless quest for justice and to the US government for stepping up when others were willing to let a criminal walk.