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 after the murders. So why did it take 38 years to arrest him – and how could he maintain his innocence when both his boys were telling the FBI they saw him do it?
As 5 live journalist Dan Maudsley and BBC presenter Stephen Nolan investigate, this open and shut case only becomes more complicated.
Was Boston a master criminal or was he just a lucky one? As Paradise concludes, Dan and Stephen examine the breaks Boston received that allowed him to escape justice for 38 years.
As the podcast nears its conclusion, fresh information kept hidden in UK Foreign Office files for 40 years delivers yet another twist to this case.
Martin Bottomley of the Greater Manchester Police Cold Case Unit gives an unexpected reply to a question Dan hesitates to ask - and it becomes...