Private investigators believe a billionaire Toronto couple found dead at their home in December were murdered by multiple killers, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
The information contradicts a widely circulated theory that Barry and Honey Sherman died as a result of a murder-suicide, the CBC reported. They were found in the basement of their mansion Dec. 15, strangled, their bodies dangling from a railing near their indoor lap pool, the CBC reported.
The couple’s wrists showed evidence that they’d been bound together at one point, but when they were discovered, their arms were unbound, and they were seated upright, the outlet reported. There was no evidence of a break-in.
The outlet also reported the private investigators think the couple were actually killed two days before their bodies were found, and that the wife struggled with her killer — or killers.
In late December, attorney Brian Greenspan said the family had hired private investigators “to provide a second lens and to ensure that no stone is left unturned,” The Washington Post reported.
Barry Sherman, 75, was the founder of Canadian pharmaceutical giant Apotex, and had a net worth of $3.2 billion, according to Forbes.
The couple were known for donating tens of millions of dollars to universities, hospitals and the United Jewish Appeal, The Globe and Mail reported.
But Barry Sherman’s rise was not without conflict, with a Globe and Mail obituary describing him as a “ruthless fighter capable of waging as many as 100 lawsuits at a time against business rivals.”
Barry Sherman had also been involved in an acrimonious legal battle with three cousins and the widow of a fourth — sons of the uncle who instructed him in the generic-drug business that preceded Apotex. That uncle, Louis Winter, died in 1965.
During the legal fight, Winter’s sons accused their cousin of plotting to kill their father, the Globe and Mail reported in its obituary.
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