Toronto police in late January revealed that, after a six-week investigation, they believed Canadian billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman were murdered in a targeted killing. One of the couple's four children tells the Wall Street Journal he thinks police would have said something quite different had he and his siblings not been so dogged: that the founder of Canadian generic drug giant Apotex killed his wife Honey as part of a murder-suicide. That was one of the theories police floated early in the case, and Jacquie McNish and Vipal Monga dig into the role the Sherman siblings have had in eliminating that line of thought. They write that the foursome wasted no time, hiring high-profile defense lawyer Brian Greenspan the day after the bodies were found and tasking him with figuring out who killed them.
It was Greenspan who urged them to publicly assail the murder-suicide theory, which they did just hours after his recommendation. He then assembled a team that has come to include a pathologist, three former homicide detectives, and a dozen forensic specialists. Two details that struck the team as odd: The Shermans' bodies were found seated next to each other near their indoor pool. The belt around Barry's neck didn't seem to be secured in a way that would have left enough length to convey the right force for strangulation. And, write McNish and Monga, "if Mr. Sherman had strangled himself, why were his legs aligned so neatly with no signs of thrashing" as would be typical? Greenspan's pathologist met with police to share their findings two days before that January press conference. Police are now chasing down 580 leads. Read the full story for more. (Read more Longform stories.)