Will We Ever Know What Happened to These Billionaires?

Barry and Honey Sherman were found dead in December 2017
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2018 1:58 PM CDT
Updated Nov 3, 2018 4:00 PM CDT
After Billionaire's Murder, No Updates, Only Theories
Brian Greenspan, far right, the lawyer for the family of billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, speaks at a news conference in Toronto on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Greenspan announced Friday a multimillion-dollar reward for information about the deaths.   (AP Photo/Robert Gillies)

Much has been written about the December 2017 deaths of Canadian pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman, 75, and his wife, Honey, 70, who were found strangled with belts along a railing in their mansion's indoor pool. Much less has been said, at least recently, about where Toronto police are in the investigation. Maybe nowhere, reports Matthew Campbell for Bloomberg Businessweek. Their "most recent substantive update" came in January, when they rebranded the case as a double-homicide investigation, not a murder-suicide one. A police rep in October told the publication there was no new info. "It looks increasingly unlikely that anyone will be arrested for their murders," writes Campbell, who digs into Sherman's personality, his intelligence, and the path to the business that would make him rich, via Apotex Inc.

Everyone has his or her own pet theory on the deaths, and Campbell talks to three people close to Sherman who chime in with theirs. One is Frank D'Angelo, a brash and unusual business partner (the two went in on juice, energy drink, and beer enterprises, and Sherman bankrolled may of his B-movies, which included the likes of Sicilian Vampire). D'Angelo, for his part, thinks "somebody came to make Barry an offer he couldn’t refuse, and he refused." Estranged cousin Kerry Winter, who is locked in a still-ongoing legal battle with Sherman's estate over Apotex, thinks it was Sherman himself who did the killings. Jack Kay, now CEO of Apotex, was more aligned with D'Angelo in his thinking. Campbell doesn't share his own theory, but he does flag Sherman's "affinity, if not affection, for inadvisable financial relationships." Read the full piece here, or read about what the couple's kids found odd about their deaths. (Read more Longform stories.)

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