This is my first thread on Substack - woohoo! I will be listening to Paradise on BBC Sounds and encouraging you guys to listen along and send in some comments on this thread. You can listen here for free!
This is a great podcast. I will listen along as you do and won’t give away any spoilers.
EPISODE 4: In which the investigators talk to Amy of the Sacramento Police who has uncovered the cold case around Boston's wife and the possible connection to Chris and Peta. At the same time, in parallel, Chris Farmer's sister Penny makes contact with Manchester Police in the UK. The two forces connect and start to make definite progress after 30 years or more. Do we expect too much of the police? Can they ever have the resources needed to handle international investigations? Is there a role here for independent journalists and broadcasters?
EPISODE 3: We know now that this case has nothing to do with the Golden State Killer, but the links and coincidences are spooky. So the tension in that part of the podcast has gone. But that doesn't mean there isn't a hook to this episode, one I did not see coming. This is one of my criticisms of true crime shows like this: they add fake cliffhangers into the story, and this is a big one. That's right, the man who drowned Peta and Chris had shot his own wife, the mother of Vince, years earlier. If Vince was the victim of his father's terrible treatment, could it explain why he didn't shout out or try to prevent the deaths of Peta and Chris?
At the end of the second episode, the interviewer asks Vince Boston why he did not shout out to try and prevent the deaths of Peta and Chris. He suggests Vince is "not normal" for staying quiet, and suggests that Vince's father must have somehow corrupted Vince long before this fateful event. Where is your own thinking at this point? Can Vince justify his inaction by his youth and fear of his father? Or is Vince so far outside normality (whatever that is...) that he cannot see how odd his decisions look after all this time, to outsiders?
Those wanting even more background to this story might enjoy the book Dead In The Water by Chris Farmer's sister.
'A real-life page turner more intriguing than anything on Netflix. The gripping story of a woman who turned detective to track down her brother's killer - nearly four decades after he was brutally murdered.' Matt Nixson, Mail on Sunday
Peta and Chris have bumped into their killer in Belize and been persuaded to sail to Costa Rica with the man and his two boys. Peta sends her final letter home just before they set off. Incredibly, some people and police thought the man (Silas Boston) might be the notorious Golden State Killer, subject of Michelle McNamara's book and the series I'll Be Gone In The Dark. Episode 2 coming up!
Apparently some people in America thought Peta Frampton was in fact the pop star Peter Frampton. Oh dear!