A trial begins this week in what the Tennessean describes as one of Nashville’s most enduring mysteries: the Aug. 15, 1996, disappearance of Janet Levine March. The suspect in the disappearance and presumed murder of the missing Nashville artist is her husband husband, Perry March, 45, a former Nashville lawyer, who goes on trial nearly 10 years from the day she disappeared.
There is no physical evidence that a crime ever took place. Despite hundreds of hours of police work in one of the most extensive investigations by police, a body has never been found. Police have no murder weapon and no crime scene. The key witness in the case – a 78-year-old man reported to be in frail health – has credibility issues. The trial of the former Nashville lawyer is expected to draw the attention of Middle Tenneseans in record numbers. The case has captivated people here as have few others. For Janet March’s family, the trial comes after a 10-year-long fight for justice. For Perry March, it follows a decade of wondering if he would be prosecuted.