The deaths of a billionaire Canadian couple found hanging side by side in their lavish Toronto mansion are being treated as “a targeted double homicide,” local police announced Friday.
Private investigators hired by the family had already deemed the deaths of Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, as murders, and cops now concur, according to CBC News.
Toronto police announced today they are investigating the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman as a targeted double homicide. “Both Honey and Barry Sherman were, in fact, targeted,” Toronto police Detective Sgt. Susan Gomes, of the homicide squad, said at a press conference.
Investigators made the determination after six weeks of collecting evidence at the billionaire couple’s Toronto home, Sgt. Gomes, said at a Friday afternoon news conference.
Wealthy Toronto couple, Barry and Honey Sherman, likely murdered by paid assassins – private investigators
The couple were discovered in their Toronto home Dec 15, in what police believe was a murder suicide. Family and friends believe it was a ‘hit’ job and have hired experts to prove it
The couple, both in their 70s, were discovered Dec. 15 hanging by belts from railings around their indoor pool in the basement of their home, which was listed for sale at $5.4 million.
There were no signs of forced entry, Gomes said. Toronto police that same day, in a statement concluded it was most likely, a murder suicide, They announced that they were not looking for suspects.
Today taking a polar opposite outlook, police spokesperson Gomez said they have not identified any specific suspects, Gomes said. However, they have an “extensive list” of people they want to interview, according to the CBC.
The Sherman family’s own investigative team believes it was actually the work of multiple killers, sources tell the news outlet.
Those detectives believe the pair were killed two days before they were found, and Honey, 70, likely struggled with her killer, as she had cuts on her face and was found in a pool of her own blood, the outlet reports.
Barry, 75, founded the drug company Apotex, and was worth about $3.65 billion — making him one of the richest people in Canada. The Shermans have been recognized internationally for their philanthropic work and were quite socially active among the city’s gala class.
But the couple had also faced some financial woes, and Barry was fighting dozens of lawsuits connected with the family fortune and Apotex. Among them nypost reports, just days before couple’s death, their attorneys filed documents in Canadian federal court in an attempt to quash a government investigation into a possible violation of lobbying rules in connection with a $1,100-a-plate fundraising dinner the Shermans held at their home for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2015.