A top journalist crosses the yellow tape to uncover new details about this shocking crime in high society.
Billionaires, philanthropists, pharmaceutical giants, socialites…victims. Barry and Honey Sherman seemed to lead a charmed life, but the world was shocked in late 2017 when their bodies were found together in their elegant Toronto home. First described as murder-suicide, it was a grisly scene: the two were positioned side-by-side on the deck of their basement swimming pool, suspended from belts tied to a railing. The violent deaths of the founder of one of the world’s largest pharmeceutical companies and his wife—their net worth has been estimated at $4.6 billion—rocked the intersecting worlds of business, politics, and philanthropy. The Shermans were charity royalty, donating millions to hospitals and universities, and fixtures on the gala circuit where Honey, in particular, was beloved.
But there was another side to the story. Barry Sherman, a hard-nosed strategic genius who built a large generic drug company—Apotex Inc.—was a self-described workaholic, renowned risk-taker, and disruptor during his fifty-year career. Regarded as a generous friend by some, Sherman was also feared by others. The man who was intent on attracting top talent for his enterprise was also criticized for stifling academic freedom and using the courts to win at all costs. Sherman was an active litigant for decades. Upset with building issues at his mansion, he sued and recouped $2 million from trades people. At the time of Sherman’s death, he had just won a decades-old legal case involving four cousins who wanted twenty percent of his fortune.
Toronto Star investigative journalist Kevin Donovan has been covering the story from the beginning, interviewing more than a hundred people. He has uncovered much new information that will shed light on the disturbing double murder, and into the unusual lives of a storied couple.