WARMINGTON: Barry and Honey Sherman's legacy endures, so does hunt for their killer a year later
December 14, 2018
December 14, 2018 8:18 PM EST
Some may forget that before they were high-profile billionaire murder victims, Honey and Barry Sherman were high-profile philanthropists who doled out tens of millions of dollars in charitable donations.
Even in death, on the one year anniversary of their double homicide, their legacy endures.
As does their giving.
“As we continue to mourn our parents’ deaths, we wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to those who have provided support and comfort to our family,” the children the couple left behind — Jonathon, Lauren, Alexandra and Kaelen — said in a statement. “We also wish to re-affirm our family’s continued pledge to the many humanitarian causes to which our parents were deeply committed.”
The Sherman’s are still giving.
And their kids are still prepared to pay out $10 million in a reward for somebody who can solve the mystery of who strangled them Dec. 15, 2017 and left them to be found near the pool of their North Toronto mansion.
“We continue to hope for justice for the profound loss of their lives,” said the family.
One thing Honey and Barry Sherman’s killers may not have counted on is there would be two sets of homicide detectives trying to chase them down — Toronto Police Homicide Insp. Hank Idsinga and his team as well as former Toronto homicide detective Tom Klatt and his all-star team of former homicide cops
And thousands of amateur sleuths too.
But that 42-day head start the killers had has proven to be troublesome for investigators.
A year ago came a phone call from a senior Toronto Police officer explaining the story I was writing, from sources who had been inside the horrific crime scene in the pool area of the Old Colony Rd. home of the billionaire couple of Apotex fame and fortune who were saying the couple had been “executed,” was incorrect.
Toronto Police on scene after billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman were found dead in North York mansion in Toronto on December 15, 2017. Dave Abel / Toronto Sun
What this was, said the officer, was a murder-suicide with Honey being the lone murder victim.
There were two crimes scenes inside the house, said the officer, who suggested Honey had been struck by something near the front door and dragged to the pool area where she was suited up with a belt that was secured to a railing. It was also suggested police believed her husband then took his own life by hanging himself right beside her.
The protests came loud and fast — even before outrage expressed at the funeral.
“No way,” said a family friend. “They were just going to Florida, building a new house and had everything to live for.”
A grandchild was on its way in the new year and a holiday luncheon and charity plans had been finalized.
It didn’t add up.
Their son Jonathon rocked the country when he said in his eulogy that his mom and dad would never leave anybody behind.
Jonathon Sherman speaks during a memorial service for his parents Barry and Honey Sherman. The Canadian Press
Police listened and after a private autopsy was conducted and a private team of retired detectives was struck, they changed their tune on the murder-suicide explanation in favour of this being a planned double murder in which the Sherman’s were “targeted.”
That was almost 11 months ago.
Since then all of the key players on the case for the police have been promoted up the ranks but I am told there is an active investigation underway, search warrants being conducted and interviews being done.
For the family, as well as the public, to have confidence in that, it would be helpful if they could put out a description of a person of interest or the make and model of a nearby car, a grainy imagine of a person of interest from a neighbourhood security video.
In this Oct. 15, 2017 photo provided by the United Jewish Appeal via Canadian Press, Barry and Honey Sherman pose for a photo in Toronto, Canada. United Jewish Appeal Federation - Greater Toronto / The Canadian Press via AP
The Sherman family have been very critical — telling media through top lawyer Brian Greenspan they want to see more action and hoping to light a fire in their investigation.
But here we are. a whole year since they were murdered, and it seems the killers just vanished into thin air.
Meanwhile, the Shermans from their graves are still trying to make the world a better place.