TORONTO [PeterPaul.ca] — Just over a month after the bodies of pharmaceutical billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, were discovered inside their mansion at 50 Old Colony Road, a private investigation by the family has found that the case is a double-murder and not a murder-suicide as police revealed in the days after the gruesome discovery.
An exclusive Toronto Star report released Friday, citing sources inside the investigation, said that Barry and Honey were murdered in a “professional contract killing.” The report revealed new information on the case—that there were markings on the Sherman’s wrists which indicate that they were tied up prior to the murder. Another intriguing fact was that both victims were found in the seated position and not hanging nearby their pool as originally reported in the media.
There was no confirmation or statement from the family regarding the new developments but it confirmed the original doubts the family had when it was announced on December 17 by police that it appeared to be a murder-suicide.
In a statement released on December 16, one day after the bodies were discovered, the Sherman family denied rumours of a murder-suicide theory while adding that their parents shared an enthusiasm for life. “Our parents shared an enthusiasm for life and commitment to their family and community totally inconsistent with the rumors regrettably circulated in the media as to the circumstances surrounding their deaths,” the statement read.
The family denied that their parents would ever commit suicide or murder. “We are shocked and think it’s irresponsible that police sources have reportedly advised the media of a theory which neither their family, their friends nor their colleagues believe to be true.”
“We urge the Toronto Police Service to conduct a thorough, intensive and objective criminal investigation, and urge the media to refrain from further reporting as to the cause of these tragic deaths until the investigation is completed.”
The Sherman family hired former Toronto Police homicide detectives and forensic pathologists to conduct a private investigation and separate autopsies, hoping to find more clues.
Toronto police have since combed the home and surrounding property, removed two vehicles, checked nearby sewers and questioned neighbours in search of clues with no success. Originally, they said they were not searching for any suspects and there has been no statement from them since the weekend following the murder.