Accused Killer in Cold Case Dies

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Updated: April 25, 2017

On December 19, 2016 we told you of a cold murder case that reportedly happened just outside Belize’s waters almost thirty nine years ago.  Several international news agencies reported on the case that involved a British couple that was killed.  When we reported the story five months ago, we told you that 76-year-old, Silas Duane Boston was charged with two counts of maritime murder after he was arrested on December 2, 2016 in Paradise, a small town in Northern California, USA.  Boston, who pleaded not guilty, will not make it to trial, however as he passed away last night at a hospital whilst undergoing medical care for what was referred to as significant health problems.  According to The Washington Post, the couple, Christopher Farmer and Peta Frampton left the coast of Belize on June 26, 1978, aboard a boat named the Justin B. The couple was traveling to multiple destinations including Australia, the Americas, Mexico and Belize.  When they came to Belize, they met an American national who owned a boat and offered to take them to Chetumal via the sea.  It was during that trip that the couple met their demise.  It wasn’t until recently, when investigators got statements from the accused killer who had witnessed what transpired.  In early July 1978, the couple’s bodies were found hogtied in the Caribbean Seas off the coast of Punta de Manabique, Guatemala by firefighters.  The autopsy report noted that the couple had drowned.  According to the report, Boston’s sons’ accounts of what happened are that one night when they were anchored  near the port of Livingston, Guatemala, their father, the boat captain, attacked Farmer several times; hitting him first with a billy club and then trying to stab him in the chest with a fillet knife which broke.  The father then tied up Farmer at the front of the boat, and then tied up Frampton in the galley.  The next morning, Boston moved the couple to the edge of the boat and according to the Court records, he hogtied them, tied machine parts to the ropes, covered their heads with plastic bags and pushed them into deep water.  The British man was a recent medical school graduate while the woman was a new law school graduate.  Boston was also being looked at for the 1968 disappearance of his former wife, Mary Lou Boston of Sacramento, USA.