Barry and Honey Sherman were murdered by multiple killers, private investigators believe: source
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CBC News • January 20, 2018
Billionaire philanthropist couple Barry and Honey Sherman, shown in this photo from the United Jewish Appeal, were found dead in their home in December. Police called their deaths ‘suspicious’ but have said very little about the case. (United Jewish Appeal/Canadian Press)
Private investigators believe that the billionaire Toronto couple found dead at their home in December were murdered by multiple killers, a source with direct knowledge of the parallel probe into their mysterious deaths told CBC Toronto.
The new information contradicts a widely circulated theory that Barry and Honey Sherman died as a result of a murder-suicide — a notion that is regarded as fiction by those who knew the Shermans well.
Barry, 75, and Honey, 70, were found dead by a real estate agent in the basement of their Toronto mansion on Dec. 15. The source said their bodies were in an upright seated position on the floor near an indoor pool. Police deemed the deaths “suspicious” but have said little else since their investigation began.
The private investigators have found evidence that both Barry and Honey Sherman had their necks wrapped with leather belts that were then knotted around a handrail that runs adjacent to the pool, the source told CBC Toronto. A coroner previously ruled that the couple had died from “ligature neck compression,” or strangulation.
The Sherman’s North York home is still blocked off by Toronto police. The couple’s four children plan to have the house demolished after a team of private forensic experts can scour the premises. (James Morrison-Collalto/CBC)
Their wrists showed evidence that they had been, at one point, bound together. No rope or other materials that could have been used to tie their wrists were discovered, the source told CBC Toronto.
Their bodies were otherwise limp and their arms unbound when they were discovered, the source said. The day the Shermans were found police said that there was no evidence of forced entry into the home.
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Barry and Honey Sherman were murdered: source