On the morning of Friday, August 16, 1996, Marissa Moody brought her 6-year-old son to the impressive home of Janet and Perry March to have a play date with 5-year-old Sammy March. The March family seemed like the picture-perfect family, but Marissa never felt comfortable around Perry March. He was intimidating and snubbed her at every opportunity.
Janet March, 33-years-old, was an accomplished artist from a privileged upbringing. It wasn’t terribly unusual that Janet wasn’t there for the play date. The March children had a nanny. The only thing that seemed off that day to Marissa was the presence of a rolled-up rug lying on the floor near the kitchen entryway. She had never seen it before, and when she returned to pick up her son that afternoon, the rug was gone. Perry claimed that Janet had left home for a 12-day vacation. But, after 12 days, there was still no sign of her. Homicide detectives became convinced that Janet’s 100-pound body had been concealed in the rug that day.
Join us at the quiet end for The Disappearance of Janet March. According to homicide detectives, Perry March killed his wife Janet during an argument on the evening of August 15, 1996. His father, Arthur, and brother, Ronald, were seen as possible accomplices in disposing of Janet’s body. But with no body and no murder weapon, the case was nearly impossible to prove. The court of public opinion found Perry March guilty from early on in the investigation, but it would take years for his true character to be exposed.
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