On the infamous day of September 11, 2001, Michele Harris disappeared from her home in Owego, New York (about 200 miles north of Manhattan). Blood “spatter stains” were found in the kitchen and garage but neither her body nor a weapon were ever found. In 2005, her estranged, wealthy financier husband Cal Harris (the father of her four children) was found guilty of second-degree murder. The conviction was thrown out. With the support of all four of his children who believe in their father’s innocence, Cal Harris had a second trial and was found guilty again. That conviction was overturned. A third jury couldn’t decide. The fourth jury, on May 24, 2016, found Cal Harris not guilty.
After the fourth trial, as a free man, Harris speaks with 48 Hours. He says there are “misconceptions” about him as being “cold and calculating.” Referring to the three times he’s been “ripped away from my kids,” Harris says, “I feel like I’m being kidnapped in broad daylight and nobody can do anything about it.” Wanting to clear his name, Harris says he might file a civil lawsuit “to help shed light on what went on behind the scenes during the police investigation and in the courtroom throughout four trials.” 48 Hours airs Saturdays at 9pm on CBS.