Two of Toronto’s top private investigators are now looking into the deaths of billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman.
The couple were found hanging Dec. 13 in their windowless pool room in their home. They were wearing jackets that bound their arms behind their backs, according to reports.
Police haven’t given any updates in the case since Dec. 17, the Globe and Mail reported Dec. 28.
Lawyer Brian Greenspan, a defense lawyer, was also hired by the Sherman family to carry out an investigation into their deaths “to provide a second lens and to ensure that no stone is left unturned,” according to the newspaper.
He said last week that private investigators Michael Davis and Tom Klatt are working with him on the case.
Sherman made his money by being the chairman and CEO of generic drug manufacturer Apotex.
An autopsy revealed that Sherman, 75, and his wife, 70, died from “ligature neck compression,” according to a press release from the Toronto Police Department. “Post-mortem examinations were carried out yesterday and today. The cause of death for both deceased was ligature neck compression,” the Dec. 17 release stated.
Dave Perry, a Toronto-based private investigator, told the Globe and Mail that the investigators, who both once worked in the Toronto Police Department, would be doing some preliminary work as they wait to gain access to the Shermans’ house, which is still being investigated by police.
“Could they be doing interviews? Possibly. Could they be talking to people? Possibly,” Perry said. “But what they’re probably more involved in doing [at this stage] … is trying to assist the family in understanding what, if anything, the police are telling them at this particular time.”
Friends and family said they can’t believe it was a murder-suicide, as police have suggested.
“I don’t believe [it] for a second, I think it’s impossible,” Fred Waks, a longtime family friend, told the CBC about whether he thought their deaths were a murder-suicide. “I don’t believe it, and none of us believe it.”
“They still walked hand-in-hand. They had everything in life to be looking forward to,” Waks said.
“I think it was a murder,” Eddie Gilbert, the Sherman’s neighbor for 15 years, told the Toronto Sun. “Of course it was. What else would it be? How could he pick her up and put her on a railing?”
Linda Frum, who is a Canadian Parliament senator and friend of the pair, told The New York Times that it’s “impossible” that Barry would harm his wife.
“There is absolutely zero debate in my mind, this was a double homicide,” she said.
The Globe and Mail reported there was no sign of forced entry, and there was no note left behind.
Less than a week before they were found dead, Honey said she was making plans to go south.
“Looking forward to getting together in Florida. I am coming south Monday, December 18 [to]Friday, January 12,” she wrote in an e-mail, according to The Globe and Mail. “Barry is coming south for Monday December 25 & going home with me Jan. 12. Please let me know your dates south asap so i can place in my calendar … Looking forward to hearing back asap. Xoxo Honey.”