Details On Murder Of Barry Sherman Not Enough To Produce A Single Suspect

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As the calendar nears 2022, mystery surrounding the deaths of Canadian billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman will enter its fifth year without a single suspect.

It was early in 2021 that additional information was published by Canadian media, though not detailed enough to reveal potential suspects.

Barry Sherman, founder and chairman of the board of drug giant Apotex, and his wife Honey Sherman, were found dead in the basement area of their home in Toronto’s North York neighbourhood on Dec. 15, 2017. The cause of death was determined by investigators to be caused by ligature neck compressions, a type of strangulation.

According to CBC News, Apotex lost a $500 million court case involving a drug patent in the weeks leading up to their deaths. The company had laid off staff, with more cuts forthcoming.

The Sherman home was for sale at the time of the murders. The couple’s real estate agent, Elise Stern, called police from the home at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

“They’re dead,” Stern frantically. Along with realtor Weidong Zhao and his clients, Stern made the discovery as they wrapped up a showing of the home. Zhao said his clients, who were from mainland China, considered it a “bad omen” to see the bodies and left the home before police arrived.

Eight days after the bodies were discovered, son Jonathon Sherman told investigators that “the couple had enemies.”

The couples son told police his parents “were complicated people and that there are people out there who would have a grudge against them and would have a reason to hurt them.” The documents don’t reveal who those individuals may have been.

The closest that reports have come to identifying s suspect occurred in November, 2020, when a Toronto Star article indicated that Toronto Police had identified a person of interest in the killing.

Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu confirmed a report by the Toronto Star that “a person of interest had been identified but not arrested.”  This was the first and last time any allusion to a perpetrator has been made.

Sherman, 75, was known for litigiousness and aggressive business practices in his development of Apotex. In “Prescription Games,” a 2001 book about the industry, he mused that a rival might want to kill him. It appears his prognosis was dead on the money.


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Sherman’s funeral in December, 2017 was attended by thousands. The country’s business and political elite came out in force, among them Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory. 

In fact, Justin Trudeau had a direct connection to the billionaire couple. In 2015, Barry Sherman had been a major fundraiser in Justin Trudeau’s bid to become prime minister. Sherman and his wife hosted a fundraising event at their home, each paying $1,500 dollars to attend the event two months before his election victory. Mr. Sherman was at the time being investigated for fraud by the Canadian Federal Government Lobbying Commission. 

Resources deployed to solve the murder detailed 51 officers working the case, combing through more than 2,000 hours of security footage. A total of 474 investigative actions were “vigorously pursued,” with 240 people being interviewed or identified to be interviewed.

They found nothing. According to Macleans, the late physician and pharmaceutical entrepreneur Morton Shulman, who did battle with Sherman, called him “the only person I have ever met with no redeeming features whatsoever.”

A man with myriad enemies, law enforcement has failed to uncover a single lead in over four years. An intentional outcome? Based upon the entirely sketchy life and death of Barry Sherman, chances appear more than likely.

6 thoughts on “Details On Murder Of Barry Sherman Not Enough To Produce A Single Suspect”

  1. Considering the volumes of evidence that appears to be available in this investigation, there has to be something, some clue as to who the perpetrators were.

    It seems impossible that nothing shows up in video surveillance. It also seems impossible that people like the Shermans wouldn’t have a lot of video surveillance at their home.

    I would have to agree with you Brad, that there’s substantial reason to believe there’s been a cover-up relating to this grisly murder. I’m of firm belief that both Barry and Honey would have to have been strangled at the same time, unless of course they slept separately, which indicates to me there was more than one attacker or whoever the attackers were knew they slept in separate rooms.

  2. The Chinese “buyers” left because they got what they came for. Confirmation of the job done.
    Threat to Liberals and all politicians? Would explain a lot of the madness going on now.

  3. Who had the most to gain financially from the death of Barry and Honey? I can only think of one person, a person who wanted it all.


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