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Dead in the Water

Narrated by: Tessa Gallagher, Ian Porter
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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This is a study of the brutal torture and murder of the author's brother and his longtime girlfriend 40 years ago. In July 1978, two bodies were found in the sea off the coast of Guatemala and proved to be the remains of Chris Farmer and Peta Frampton, respectively a medical graduate and a law graduate, aged 25 and 24, from Greater Manchester. They had been beaten, tortured, and killed, their bodies weighted down and dumped in the sea from the yacht on which they had been crewing. For nearly 40 years, no one was charged with these savage murders, even though the name of the yacht, the Justin B., and its owner, an American named Silas Boston, were known.

But this is also the story of how Chris' sister, Penny Farmer, and her family tracked down the killer and assembled the evidence against him until eventually, in December 2016, Boston was arrested in the United States and charged with two counts of maritime murder. He pleaded not guilty, but among the evidence that Chris Farmer's family, aided by police forces in both the UK and the United States, as well as the FBI, had so patiently collected, was the eyewitness testimony of one of Boston's two sons who, aged 13 and 12, had been present when the murders took place.

Regrettably, Boston will now never face justice, for he effectively took his own life in prison in April 2017. But for the families of Chris and Peta, they have at least the satisfaction of knowing that, through their own efforts over many years, their killer did not escape being made to face his crimes.

©2018 Penny Farmer (P)2018 Bonnier Publishing

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My ears did not deserve this!

I really believe this could be a great story but chapter after chapter is about how much they were loved by everyone. For me, too bogged down with the sentiment. The narrator’s voice and accent did not appeal to me at all. Found after 5-6 chapters I couldn’t listen to anymore.

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  • mike
  • 15-08-2018

Perseverance finally caught a monster.

This audiobook real life tragedy kept my attention throughout the whole book. Narration was outstanding, If you love true crime don’t miss this one.

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  • LisalouRN
  • 15-09-2018

An amazing story. heartbreaking but motivating

I've got openly weeper the way I did listening to this harrowing account of torture! my heart breaks for all 3 families. loved how this book got straight to the " meat" of the story and did not get lost with meaningless minutiae. only one tiny issue, the author stated a few too many times that the crime and investigation occured before the benefit of cell phones, internet, faxes,etc. I found myself saying " we get it already". bothered me only because the story was so good I wanted her to get back to it. but that's just me. Could not put this book down

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  • Maria
  • 20-04-2020

Interesting case, bad book

Too long, repetitive and full of platitudes. If the author had concentrated on what actually happened to the victims and used a ghost writer it could have been wonderful true Crime book. Save your money and Google the case instead.

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  • 08-08-2020

Sad but fascinating real life story

I couldn’t put this down it was a fascinating and educational story. I’ve learned a lot from listening to this book and my heart goes out to all involved. As a mother myself I felt the pain of Mrs Farmer. So sad for Chris and Petr what happened to them was unbelievable. My heart also goes out to the boys who were so brave to put up with such an evil life. I do hope all the families can move on in life . Thank you for sharing your horrendous story .

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  • Janice Shingleton
  • 10-05-2020

Listened to Paradise then listened to the book.

I thought the book would be less interesting because I new the back story. I was wrong!! Apart from the terrible way in which the author's brother and his girlfriend died, it was an extremely compelling book. The number of bungles by police and then the series of extraordinary coincidences to finally, nearly get justice. A consolation is that Boston would have really suffered with his choice of death.

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  • Sophie
  • 29-04-2020

Eye opening

I want to say this is a great book but considering the tragic event that almost seems disrespectful. It has really opened my eyes to the red tape that the police have to deal with and also the complete disconnect with different jurisdictions. The tenacity of a grieving family has amazed me.

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  • Steve coombs
  • 29-01-2019

interesting tale but stretched out too long

it is an interesting and sad true story but I do feel for the actual content of the story it was at least 30% too long if not 50%.

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  • Danny
  • 10-10-2018

Worth a listen

Well written story and for the most part very good narration, though the American accent at the very end which only took up a tiny amount of the book was horrific. Though to be honest the majority of the book is wonderfully read.

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  • David Abbott
  • 25-09-2018

Spun out for too long at the end

The story is fine but the prose is not very good. If you are going to use a northern accent for the narration please don't make such a mess of the American accents. Pick a person who can do a northern accent AND other accents. So, a low mark for the narration.

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