Inside the Unsolved Murder of Billionaire CEO Barry Sherman

The Canadian pharma exec and his wife were found strangled in their home.

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Barry Sherman (right) in one of the laboratories at Apotex Inc (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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It’s been over a year since one of the richest couples in Canada was found slain in their Toronto mansion; and while the list of theories continues to grow, the murder remains unsolved.

The murder of Barry and Honey Sherman was a “seismic event in the history of Canadian business and Canadian news,” reported Bloomberg in a recent video investigation into the unsolved crime and its aftermath.

In December 2017, the Shermans were found strangled in the basement pool of their $6 million home. The gruesome scene was discovered by a real estate agent who was showing the house to prospective buyers.

Sherman, 75, was the founder and CEO of Canadian drug manufacturer Apotex. His wife, Honey, 70, was well-known for her philanthropic efforts.

Multiple theories have erupted in the aftermath of the discovery, but police have yet to uncover any solid leads.

Initially, reports claimed that the deaths were regarded as “suspicious,” but were not being treated as homicides. Shortly thereafter, rumors began to surface claiming police were investigating the case as a murder-suicide, according to Bloomberg.

The murder-suicide theory was quickly dismissed, with police calling the killings “deliberate.”

However, the homicides remain unsolved, and the investigation has been plagued by a variety of complicating factors, including Sherman’s reportedly long list of adversaries.

The hugely wealthy and successful pharma CEO had collected many business rivals in his rise to the top of the industry, and was reportedly tied up in multiple lawsuits at the time of his death.

However, despite Sherman’s collection of professional adversaries, it was a member of his own family that became the primary suspect in his death.

Sherman’s cousin, Kerry Winter, had recently lost a bitter lawsuit against him, in which Winter claimed he was shortchanged in the sale of the small drug company Sherman bought from the family to fund Apotex.

Winter reportedly told CBC News he “had thoughts of killing Sherman.”

However, Winter has not been charged, and his involvement in the bizarre crime remains just one of many theories that have emerged since the couple’s murder.

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