Who Murdered Billionaire Couple Barry and Honey Sherman and Made it Look Like Suicide?
Det. Sgt. Susan Gomes of the Homicide Squad stepped up to the podium in Toronto Police Headquarters on Friday afternoon in a white blouse and a black suit jacket, at once unadorned and elegant, in the way of actual fact.
Gomes was there to present careful and considered conclusions after six weeks of unconfirmed reports and impatient rumblings such as plague all diligent investigators, whether they are examining Russian meddling in an American presidential election or a sensational murder in Canada.
“At 11:44 am on Friday, December 15 2017, we responded to a 911 call at 50 Old Colony Road,” Gomes began. “Officers attended that address and located Barry Sherman and Honey Sherman deceased.”
Barry Sherman, aged 75, was the wily and aggressively brilliant billionaire founder of Apotex, Canada’s biggest generic pharmaceutical company. His wife, Honey Sherman, aged 70, was a socially prominent and widely admired philanthropist.
“Honey and Barry Sherman were found deceased in the lower level pool area hanging by belts from a poolside railing in a semi-seated position on the pool deck,” Gomes reported. “They were wearing their clothing.”
The bodies were removed to the coroner's office for autopsy.
“The cause of death for both Shermans was ligature neck compression,” Gomes now continued. “The manner was undetermined.”
Gomes said the squad had been presented with three possibilities.
“Double suicide, homicide-suicide or double homicide.”
As always, the squad sought the answer by gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses.
“Facts guide our focus,” she said. “Conjecture and speculation have no place.”