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Voted In The Top 20 Of The Best True Crime Books Ever And Now A Major 3-part TV Documentary

Dead in the Water, book by Penny Farmer
United Kingdom
Murder & Mayhem True Accounts
Published by John Blake
Dead in the Water on Amazon Prime
Now on Amazon Prime
Dead in the Water, American version of the book by Penny Farmer
United States of America
Published by Diversion Books

Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all. Sophocles

Penny Farmer - Brother's Murder - True Crime Book and Amazon Documentary

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


A true crime story of twists, turns, highs, lows and ultimately, serendipity. It reveals the far-reaching power of the internet and a family’s boundless, undying love for one of their own.

"Teenage sweethearts, my 25-year-old junior doctor brother, Chris, and his law graduate girlfriend, Peta, did what a lot of young adults do after studying, took off to see the world.

The last letter home described them being on a fishing boat, travelling down the Belizian coastline with the skipper, Silas Duane Boston, and his 12 and 13-year-old sons, Russell, and Vince.

Missing for ten months, I still recall the paralysing shock that ricocheted through my family the day the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office confirmed that two bodies were our missing two. Hog tied with ropes, weighted down with motor engine parts, plastic bags over their heads, they had been found off the Guatemalan coast.

Despite the strenuous efforts of my parents and law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic to locate Boston, and his boys, they could not be traced. The case went stone cold.

We had to wait for 38 interminably long years before all the planets bizarrely aligned one week of October 2015, for the horrific revelations of what happened on that boat to emerge, and the ultimate solving of this most heinous crime.

After a lifetime of robbing, raping, murdering and evading law enforcement, Boston was arrested and charged with the double maritime murder of Chris and Peta in 2016.

Retired Sergeant James Kelly of the San Raphael PD: ‘Boston was one of the evillest criminals I ever encountered during my 32-year police career.’

At the age of 75, Boston ran out of road."

A true story by Penny Farmer

Amazon Prime Video in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Nordics and Netherlands.

Making UK headlines

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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2.6K shares / over 1000 comments
29th July 2018 Download PDF

Woman Magazine
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Woman Magazine - Real Life
December 2019

BBC1 - North West Tonight
26th April 2019

Making international headlines

Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly >

19th November 2018

See pages 22-23, 26 and 28.

Stern >

4th September 2018

German news magazine (one of the ten biggest news websites in Germany).

Ihr Bruder wird ermordet, Jahrzehnte vergehen - bis sie auf Facebook den Killer findet