Episode 14. Dan Maudsley of Paradise

“Peta and Chris are in paradise – they sail into hell. Why does it take 38 years to arrest the only suspect: Silas Duane Boston?”

Murder cases that take nearly four decades to solve are rare and usually reserved for when there is no idea as to the identity of the perpetrator.

The brutal killings of Peta Frampton and Chris Farmer in Latin America in 1978 should have seen the suspect Silas Duane Boston arrested and convicted quickly – especially as there were two witnesses: his sons.

But a case such as this doesn’t get a podcast – the BBC’s Paradise – devoted to the tale if things are straightforward. Far from it, in fact.

Boston’s sons were young and scared of their father, only coming forward decades later. Law enforcement agencies, armed with snippets of information about the disappearance of Peta and Chris, did not put the pieces together for years.

BBC journalists Dan Maudsley and Stephen Nolan tell the story of Chris and Peta, Silas and his sons, and the investigation – uncovering many new details and discoveries along the way.

Their journey takes them to a crime convention, lawyer and police offices in the US, the homes of Chris and Peta’s family members in England and a trip to the region where the murders took place, including a graveyard as Dan and Chris’s sister search for the graves of the victims.

Listeners will soon realise that Dan’s work on the Paradise case is not over, as he explains in this episode of MetaPod.

Show notes for Paradise

About Dan Maudsley

Dan is a senior journalist for BBC Radio 5 Live and producer of the 2020 British Podcast Awards Best True Crime winner, Paradise, and 2020 Foreign Press Association Media Awards shortlisted On The Ground.