Barry and Honey Sherman: The mystery of the strangled billionaires

The killing of a wealthy Canadian couple made headlines around the world. Then the news they had been found hanging by men's belts next to their indoor pool, with no apparent motive, deepened the intrigue. So who were Barry and Honey Sherman?

In an unpublished 1996 memoir, Barry Sherman wrote he had "always been very conscious of my personal mortality".

His unfinished musings only became public because of a court case in the 1990s. They revealed a man with strong beliefs - that there is no God, free will is an illusion, and life has "no meaning or purpose"

 . But Sherman thought these memoirs may one day be of interest to others - a "perhaps arrogant belief", he wrote.
Now, the text offers some insight into a couple whose mysterious deaths have captured worldwide interest and left those who knew them grief-stricken and dumbfounded.
In mid-December, 75-year-old Barry and his wife Honey, 70, were found dead in their Toronto home.
Police confirmed this month their death is being investigated as a "targeted" double murder. They were found strangled, fully clothed on the deck of their indoor pool, hanging by belts.
Authorities have so far offered no suspects and no motive for the suspected killings.
More than 10,000 people, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, attended the funeral.
The turnout was unsurprising - the Shermans had amassed a personal fortune estimated at $3bn. They had touched much of Canada, whether through the impact on Canadian healthcare of Apotex, Inc, the generic drug empire Barry founded, or through the millions they gave away in philanthropy.

Sunday, February 4th 2018
By Jessica Murphy BBC News, Toronto

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