Private investigators found evidence that billionaire couple Barry and Hani Sherman found dead in their Toronto mansion, were murdered by more than one killer and that the assailants suffocated the two with leather belts.
According to Canada’s CBC News, the investigators found the woman, Hani, fought the murderers. The new information contradicts a theory that has circulated since the murder that the two died as a result of murder and suicide.
The bodies of Barry Sherman, 75, and his wife Honey, 70, were found by a realtor dangling from a railing near their basement swimming pool on December 15.
The Sherman family hired a team of experts, including murder investigators who had previously served in the Toronto police, to carry out an independent investigation. The researchers found evidence that the two men’s necklaces were tied with leather belts tied to the pool railing in their home. A coroner had determined earlier that the two had died as a result of suffocation.
Barry Sherman was a prominent donor to Canada’s ruling Liberal Party, drawing on a fortune that Forbes estimated at $3.2 billion. Canadian advocacy group Democracy Watch criticized him last year for involvement in a fundraiser for the Liberals while registered as a government lobbyist.
Sherman founded generic drugmaker Apotex in 1974, building it into one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical makers. It has annual sales of more than C$2 billion in more than 45 countries, according to Apotex website.
He stepped down as CEO in 2012, but stayed on as chairman.
Sherman was involved in a series of lawsuits, including a decade-long battle with cousins seeking compensation over allegations he cut them out of the company that would make him rich.