Peta and Chris are in paradise - they sail into hell. Why does it take 38 years to arrest the only suspect: Silas Duane Boston? A BBC 5 Live podcast investigating their murders.

Peta and Chris are in paradise - they sail into hell. Why does it take 38 years to arrest the only suspect: Silas Duane Boston? A BBC 5 Live podcast investigating their murders.
More Information


United Kingdom




Peta and Chris are in paradise - they sail into hell. Why does it take 38 years to arrest the only suspect: Silas Duane Boston? A BBC 5 Live podcast investigating their murders.




Episode 8 – You Better Belize It

As Dan heads to Belize, hopes of finding Chris and Peta’s graves in Guatemala fade with new information about the lengths the FBI went to in their attempts to find them. We meet Orlando, Dan’s Belizean fixer, who seems to know everybody in Belize by name as we begin to follow Chris and Peta’s steps. Peta’s letters start to come to life as we trace people and places she mentioned in her letters 40 years before. Very few locals seem to remember Boston – but a visit to the factory Peta write...


Episode 7 – The Vikings

Dan heads to Sandwich in Kent to meet Blaise and Jenny, Peta’s eldest brother and sister-in-law. He hears where Peta got her stoicism from and learns that Blaise was never told that the FBI failed to find the graves. Back in the States, Detective Amy Crosby hands over files that contain a vital clue to what happened on the Justin B – and raise the possibility of there being two more victims, ‘the Vikings’ Meanwhile, Annie finds the Bombero who pulled the bodies from the water in ’78. What he...


Episode 6 - Dear Mr. Boston

Dan travels to Oxfordshire to meet Penny and her mother, Audrey, who by now is in her nineties. He hears how Audrey and her late husband, Charles, painstakingly tracked down information about Chris and Peta's whereabouts and made appeals on radio and TV. Back in Greater Manchester, the now retired detective, David Sacks, talks about the investigation he conducted, with the help of Charles Farmer, that centred in on Silas Duane Boston. It's his file, sent to the US in 1979, that Boston's...


Episode 5 - Making a murderer?

We visit Boston’s half-sister, Arthene, and hear about his childhood growing up surrounded by criminality. But questions are raised about the stories Boston and Arthene’s mother, Mary Sellers, would tell them and make us question – did she lie to Vince and Russell? Did Boston really kill Mary Lou or was this the warped story of a grandmother who used hurtful lies as a form of emotional control? Before leaving California, Stephen and Dan also meet the third member of the podcast team, US...


Episode 4 - Buried evidence

A remarkable set of coincidences on both sides of the Atlantic sees Boston arrested after 38 years but with crucial evidence buried, how watertight is this case? Stephen and Dan head to Sacramento to interview Detective Amy Crosby, who led the US cold case investigation of Chris and Peta’s murders. We hear the extraordinary timing of her investigation starting at almost the same time Chris’s sister, Penny Farmer, gets Greater Manchester Police to reopen the case. The evidence stacked against...


Episode 3 - Sins of the father

Vince speaks about his mother’s disappearance in 1968 – and how his own grandmother told him what had happened to her. We learn more about his childhood, growing up with Silas Duane Boston as his only parent. As Stephen and Dan reflect on what Vince has told them they head to CrimeCon in Nashville to investigate potential links to the Golden State Killer case. The conference is buzzing with the news of the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, who’s linked by DNA to the crimes. At Crimecon we...


Episode 2 - Death in Paradise

Stephen and Dan head to Savannah, Georgia to meet Vince Boston – son of suspect Silas Duane Boston. Vince (then 13) and his younger brother, Russell (12), were on board the ‘Justin B’ with their dad, when they met Chris and Peta in June 1978. Through Vince’s words and Peta’s letters we hear about their happy first few days as they sail south from Belize. But as Peta’s writings grow more troubled, Vince details how his father’s temperament grew more and more menacing. Vince’s account turns...


Episode 1 - Welcome to Paradise

In 1978 the bodies of a young male and female couple were found hogtied and drowned off Guatemala’s Caribbean coast. Nine months later they were identified as British graduates Peta Frampton and Chris Farmer. Police in Manchester, England quickly focused in on an American called Silas Duane Boston who had offered to sail Chris and Peta from Belize to Costa Rica on board his boat, the Justin B. Boston’s boat never reached Costa Rica and he fled back to California with his two young sons soon...


Paradise: A major new true crime podcast

Peta and Chris are in paradise. They sail into hell.