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THE gripping story of a woman who turned detective to track down her brother’s killer - nearly four decades after he was brutally murdered. A real-life page turner more intriguing than anything on Netflix. Matt Nixson, Books Editor Mail on Sunday, London

[A story] almost too mad to make up, too good not to tell and which one day, no doubt, will be a film. Ben Dirs, BBC World News USA & Canada

BBC Radio 5 Live Paradise Podcast

Dead in the Water – the book that inspired the major BBC Paradise podcast – 10 episodes.

Dead in the Water, book by Penny Farmer
United Kingdom
Murder & Mayhem True Accounts
Published by John Blake
Buy on Amazon UK now Also available from Foyles, Waterstones
and WH Smith Travel.
Penny Farmer
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12 Bridge Wharf, 156 Caledonian Road, London N1 9UU
T: 020 7278 2444
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A Northerner born and bred, Penny holds an English Literature degree and a postgraduate Certificate of Journalism from the City University, London. She is a freelance journalist and PR consultant and lives with her family and three dogs in Oxford, England.
Dead in the Water, American version of the book by Penny Farmer
United States of America
Published by Diversion Books
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True Crime - If this were fiction you wouldn't believe it. Dead in the Water out now.


The chilling oldest international cold case ever to be solved

"I was 17 when my 25-year old brother, Chris, was brutally and inexplicably murdered in 1978. I can still recall the sense of paralysing shock that ricocheted through my family the day we received confirmation from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office that two tortured corpses found off the Guatemalan coast were those of Chris and his girlfriend Peta.

It was in October 2015 that the thought came to me from out of the blue to use the internet to track down their killer and his two sons (whom we knew to have been on the boat at the time of their deaths).

It was this that was to ultimately lead to the arrest in Sacramento of their psychopathic serial killer, Silas Duane Boston, who had spent a lifetime of robbing, raping, murdering and evading law enforcement. At the age of 75 he ran out of road."

A true story by Penny Farmer

Making headlines in the UK

Manchester Evening News
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23rd March 2019

The haunting story of two little boys who watched their father kill in cold blood

BBC World Service Outlook
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14th September 2018

Dream Holiday that Ended in Tragedy

This Morning
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9th August 2018
The Mail on Sunday
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29th July 2018 Download PDF


BBC Radio 5 Live Paradise Podcast
BBC Radio 5 Live Paradise Podcast
Starts Monday February 25th in ten weekly episodes

BBC 5 Live's Senior Broadcast journalist Dan Maudsley and radio and TV presenter Stephen Nolan, conduct a detailed examination into the murders of Chris and Peta.

The Backstory Podcast Part 1
13th February 2019
The Backstory Podcast Part 2
19th February 2019

International media

W Radio
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25th September 2018