Authorities have revealed more details about the grisly deaths of a Canadian billionaire couple, but questions remain about whether both man and wife were victims of homicide or if their deaths were the result of a murder-suicide.
Multiple Canadian outlets, including the Toronto Sun, have cited unnamed police sources who reportedly believe that Bernard “Barry” Sherman killed his wife, Honey, before taking his own life.
But friends and family of the Shermans, who were among Canada’s best-known philanthropists and worth over $3 billion, have insisted there is no way Barry Sherman would have hurt his wife and say that both husband and wife victims of a homicide.
“We are shocked and think it’s irresponsible that police sources have reportedly advised the media of a theory which neither their family, their friends nor their colleagues believe to be true,” the family said in a media statement.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, investigators did not find any signs of forced entry or a suicide note. Still, as the Toronto Sun reports, police say they are not pursuing any suspects at this time.
The newspaper revealed previously unreported details about the deaths. Both Barry and Honey were reportedly found hanged with belts from the railing next to an indoor pool in their mansion. A security camera in the pool area had been disabled.
Both victims were found wearing jackets that were pulled “behind their backs,” according to police sources who spoke to the newspaper.
The newspaper also learned that the Shermans had scheduled a trip to Florida this week, and had been planning on building a new home in the neighborhood of Forest Hills, closer to downtown Toronto.
Their current home in North York was on the market, and their real estate agent discovered the bodies after going to the home to check on the couple, who could not be reached by phone. The Shermans reportedly both died on Thursday and were discovered just before noon on Friday.
Unidentified sources told the Toronto Sun that police believe it is possible Honey Sherman was killed in another location within the home and her body brought to the pool area.
Medical examinations reportedly found that the Shermans died of “ligature neck compression.”
[Feature image: Associated Press]