The deaths of Canadian billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman were originally treated as a murder-suicide when their bodies were first discovered last month inside their Toronto mansion, but police have announced that they are now investigating the incident as a double homicide.
“We have sufficient evidence to describe this as a double homicide investigation and that both Honey and Barry Sherman were in fact targeted,” Detective Sgt. Susan Gomes told reporters during a press conference.
Barry Sherman, who was the chair and chief executive of Canadian pharmaceutical giant Apotex at the time of his death, was found dead in his home alongside his wife, Honey, by the real estate agent who helped list the residence. They were hanging from a railing surrounding their basement pool.
Detectives originally operated under the assumption that Barry Sherman killed his wife and placed her body in that position before hanging himself, but new findings appear to suggest that they were actually killed by an intruder.
“I don’t know where they came from,” Gomes said of reports that police were investigating a possible murder-suicide, claiming that it was just one of many theories that they were being investigated.
According to Gomes, the couple was last seen alive on the evening of December 13; they were found dead two days later. There was no sign of forced entry found at any access points to the home, and the victims were found “hanging by belts in a semi-seated position on the pool deck.”
“I’m not going to discuss the suspects, or any suspects. I’m not going to discuss any motives,” she said, noting that there was a “significant list of people” being spoken to as part of the investigation. Ultimately, police believe that the Shermans were “targeted” for murder.