What Cops Learned in 6 Weeks About Billionaires' Deaths

They believe Barry and Honey Sherman were targeted
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2018 5:00 AM CST
Cops Think Toronto Billionaires Died in 'Targeted' Killings
In this Oct. 15, 2017 photo provided by the United Jewish Appeal via Canadian Press, Barry and Honey Sherman pose for a photo in Toronto, Canada.   (United Jewish Appeal Federation - Greater Toronto/Canadian Press via AP)

The four children of Canadian billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman have from the outset insisted their parents' December deaths were not the result of a murder-suicide, a theory that had been forth by a source in the Toronto police. Now, vindication. After a six-week investigation, Toronto police on Friday revealed that they are investigating the deaths—the two were found in a semi-seated position and hanging from a railing by their indoor pool via belts—as a double homicide, and a targeted one at that. "I believe that they were targeted," said Det.-Sgt. Susan Gomes in a Friday press conference. The CBC reports on the specifics of the investigation so far, per Gomes: Authorities have amassed 130 witness statements, 150 pieces of evidence, and 2,000 hours of surveillance video.

All that and we "haven’t developed any suspects," Gomes said, reports the Wall Street Journal, though she added that investigators had an "extensive list" of people to talk to still. The home that the couple was found in was on the market, and the National Post reports Gomes confirmed that authorities have the names of everyone who was able to access the realtor's "lock box" that permitted entry into the home. The Journal charts some of the "numerous foes" Barry Sherman, who started the generic drugmaker Apotex, had, including drug industry rivals that he was famous for suing and some cousins who argued, unsuccessfully, that they had been pushed out of the wealth Apotex generated. The Shermans' children have hired private investigators; here's what they have found so far. (Read more murder stories.)

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