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[ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: He was the
15th richest person in Canada. She was a top philanthropist. Barry and Honey Sherman, lauded
as pillars of the community. Now, murdered in their home,
found side-by-side, strangled, bound to a railing
next to their indoor pool.>>Both Honey and Barry
Sherman were in fact targeted.>>Bob: But targeted by whom? He had a long list
of business enemies.>>He said,
“They’re out to get me. “I’m surprised they haven’t
knocked me off already.”>>Bob: Or could it be
murder most personal?>>For somebody to go to
their house and murdered the both of them,
it was personal.>>Bob: And was it a hatred
that simmered for years?>>I probably had reasons to
lash out, to do the dirty deed.>>Bob: Did you kill
Honey and Barry Sherman? I’m Bob McKeown. On this edition of
The Fifth Estate, the Mystery Of The
Sherman Murders. [ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: It could have been
mistaken for a state funeral. A mayor, a premier,
and the Prime Minister, a fitting tribute
to two of Canada’s wealthiest and
most generous citizens. Thousands saying goodbye
to billionaire businessman Barry Sherman, and
his wife Honey Sherman, the philanthropist. Their son Jonathan put into
words what many saw as his parents’ special partnership.>>You were like
a lock and a key. Each pretty useless on your own. But together, you unlocked
the whole world for yourselves, and for us, and
for so many others.>>Bob: And there also were
unvarnished memories about how stubborn Barry Sherman could be.>>He could project arrogance. With Barry,
it was no bullshit, pretty much all of the time.>>Bob: But even on a
day for fond reflection, on everyone’s mind
was a unspoken question… Who killed Barry
and Honey Sherman? [ ♪♪ ] [ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: When they were last
seen alive eight days before, all seemed well in
the Sherman’s’ world, with imminent plans to spend the
holidays in Florida with family. As usual that morning, Barry
left for the 20-minute drive to work in his
1999 Mustang convertible. The CEO of generic drug
manufacturer Apotex was known to arrive early and leave late. [ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: Later that afternoon,
his wife Honey drove her SUV to meet him at the office, where
they discussed plans for their new 16,000 square-foot
mansion with their architects. The plans included
indoor and outdoor pools, an elevator, a gym,
and an event room. After their meeting
with the architect, Honey left Apotex in her
champagne coloured Lexus. Barry to follow later. And as he made the return trip
down the highway towards home, Barry Sherman had
a lot on his mind. He was under investigation for
improper political fundraising, was cooperating with police
in a criminal fraud probe, and was the target of a bitter
family feud that threatened to destroy his legacy. What’s more, it would be
the last time he would ever make that familiar drive. Two days later, their
real estate agent made a gruesome discovery. The Shermans’ bodies
were found side-by-side, their necks tied with belts to
a railing by their indoor pool. A violent end to the lives
of two remarkable Canadians, but also so much more than that. The killing gruesomely staged,
husband and wife strangled and left splayed together. A taunting scene with the
essential question unanswered. Who hated them
enough to do this? [ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: From the beginning,
it was clear Barry Sherman was driven to succeed. His father died when he
was just nine years old, but he was smart, very smart. He entered University at 16,
studied engineering at U Of T, and went onto a graduate
degree from MIT in Boston. Still a teen,
he started learning the generic drug business
from his uncle, Lou Winter, who owned a Toronto
company called Empire Labs. Lou Winter’s son, Kerry.>>Berry lost his father when
he was nine, and my father, Uncle Lou, took him under
his wing and actually brought him into the business,
and gave him a summer job, and I guess, taught him
the world of generics. [ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: When his
uncle Lou Winter died, Barry Sherman
bought Empire Labs, and through a series of
shrewd corporate moves, was soon on his way to control
of the corporation that would become Apotex, the largest
generic drug company in Canada. Generic drug manufacturers
essentially make copies of medication produced by
brand-name companies. Sherman saw himself as an
underdog up against Big Pharma, who were gouging
Canadians with high drug prices, and he wasn’t averse to making
his opinions known in public, like here in 1986.>>The multinationals are simply
the parasites that come into Canada, set up branch plants,
simply for the purpose of exploiting our market to the
maximum for their own benefit.>>It was a true street fight.>>Bob: Audrey Dan’s
family ran Canada’s other generic pharmaceutical
company, NOVOPHARM. He recalls Sherman as
a ruthless competitor.>>We always kept our eye on
him because he always wanted to push, push it to the maximum,
and see what he could do and there are times where
he was greatly rewarded, and there are times
where he pushed it too much.>>Bob: But he also was a man
unafraid of making enemies, famous for his lawsuits. Hundreds of them that
became Sherman’s go-to weapon in that industrial street fight. On one side, Big Pharma
protecting their patents. On the other side, the
cheaper generic knockoffs, muscling in on their territory, with billions of
dollars at stake.>>All over the office
there are stacks of documents related to litigation,
filing cabinets full of them, all over the floor as well.>>He used to tell me,
when he would win a lawsuit, “Oh, I lost this one,
or I would win this one.” And I couldn’t keep up. I think he relished in that, beating the
brand-name companies. [ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: Author Jeffrey Robinson
investigated those Big Pharma wars more than a decade ago.>>He was hated by Big Pharma. He was as big as
it gets in Canada, and he was a major
player in North America, so that he had enemies
all over the place.>>Bob: And for some of
his Big Pharma enemies, it got personal. Barry Sherman their target,
hiring private investigators to try to sabotage him.>>They were trying to
plant something on him, and it turns out that the orders
had been given either to put kiddie porn in his pocket or
a kilo of cocaine in his trunk, something like that, to
compromise him and take him completely out of the game.>>Bob: Sherman’s cousin
Kerry Winter remembers his reaction.>>And he told me
in his office one day, he says, “You know, they’re
trying to set me up,” he said. And I went,
“Get out of here, Barry!” He goes, “No, I’m serious.
They’re trying to frame me up.”>>Bob: And Big Pharma
kept coming after him. One major company hired spies
to pose as Apotex employees to collect dirt on Barry Sherman.>>He knew about these
detectives having lunch behind the factory on picnic tables
watching what was coming in and out of the back door. So he was– he
was very cautious.>>Bob: But under Sherman,
Apotex could play hardball, too. A recent court case alleges
that one of his top executives had an affair with a woman in a
rival company and ended up with thousands of pages
of trade secrets. Apotex has called
the case frivolous. It may sound like
something from a spy thriller, but Sherman was convinced his
competitors were out to get him. Apotex once told
the New York Times, “Mr Sherman has
received death threats.” And Sherman himself made
dark jokes about the possibility of being eliminated
by his competition.>>He said, “For a thousand
dollars you could probably “get somebody killed.” He, in his paranoia, wondered
if maybe somebody should have knocked him off by now, ’cause
that would have ended the whole problem for the other side.>>Bob: Indeed, in the wake
of the deaths in December, Toronto Police have obtained
search warrants for the Apotex offices and other
corporate locations, searching for a possible
business link to the killings. When we come back, a family’s
public life and private secrets.>>And I said,
“What’s going on?” He said, “They just found Barry
and Honey’s body in the house.” And I just calmly said
to him on the phone, “I don’t believe it. “He finally did it.” [ ♪♪ ]>>Announcer: There’s
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mid-December at number 50 Old Colony Road in
Toronto remains a mystery. Not only about the
motive for the murders of Barry and Honey Sherman, but who could have been
angry enough to carry them out? And behind it all, the dark
corners of the Sherman family saga, a complex tale of betrayal
and broken relationships that continue to this day.>>The whole relationship was
based on lies and deception.>>Bob: Kerry Winter is
Barry Sherman’s first cousin. As police investigators compile
the names of those who could have wanted the Shermans dead,
even Winter himself admits he might be on that list.>>And anybody who
knows Barry Sherman will tell you that–>>Bob: Emotional,
anxious, and angry, Kerry Winter leaves no doubt
he felt deeply betrayed by Barry Sherman, and
he wanted revenge.>>So I was heartbroken. I was betrayed. My cousin hurt me,
and now I want to hurt him. [ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: There are conflicted
feelings about a man Kerry Winter says he learned to
hate, and they came to a head in September 2017,
when Winter lost a bitter, ten-year court battle
against his cousin Barry. During the case, Sherman was
called to a lawyer’s office to face questions under oath. The Fifth Estate has obtained the audiotapes from that
examination, in which Barry Sherman defends his
conduct in the relationship with Kerry and the
orphaned cousins. [ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: To understand
what happened, you’ve got to go back to
a family dispute that had its roots half a century ago. And it begins with this man,
Kerry Winter’s father Lou Winter, who brought
his young nephew into the family drug business,
the teenage Barry Sherman. Empire Labs was a growing
and successful generic pharmaceutical
business in Toronto. Then tragedy struck.>>I was only four at the time,
and on November 5th, 1965, my father passed away,
and 17 days later, on November 22nd,
my mother passed, leaving me and my
three brothers orphaned.>>Bob: That also left
Empire Labs without its founder. Lou Winter had taught his
nephew Barry the business, so it seemed fitting that two
years later Barry Sherman bought his uncle’s drug company
from the family estate. At first, Barry Sherman made
sporadic visits to his young cousins at their adoptive home. But he would soon lose contact
with the Winter boys altogether.>>Bob: While the generic drug
business made Barry Sherman a wealthy man, his
cousins were struggling. For some, there were
scrapes with the law in the grip of drug addiction. For Kerry, it was heroine,
then crack cocaine.>>I was a
full-blown crack addict. You don’t need to be smoking
crack for five or ten years to experience the bottom
and the despair that that particular drug can bring. I mean, I’m not proud of the
fact that I was a crack head, but I was.>>Bob: Then, years later,
Kerry Winter would be reintroduced to his long-lost
cousin Barry Sherman.>>My brother Dana would go on
and on about this Barry Sherman, this cousin who was
very rich, and I said, “Who is he?” And he said, “He got
our father’s business, “and he wants to meet you,” and so, of course,
that’s how it all started.>>Bob: After a 16-year absence,
suddenly Barry Sherman seemed ready to help, and he took
the Winter boys under his wing.>>We’ll go inside
and take a look now.>>Thank you, yup.>>Bob: And Kerry took
him up on that offer. Barry Sherman funded his
education and bankrolled his home renovation company.>>I had this billionaire
who was about to give me anything I wanted. He said, “I want to help you
make a life for yourself.” It slowly started off with
a couple hundred thousand, but within three,
four, five years, it was houses and
cottages and sports cars, and literally, it steamrolled
and snowballed into about 15 years later being
about five, six, seven million.>>Bob: But Kerry Winter
says Honey Sherman was not enthusiastic about her husband’s renewed relationship
with his cousins. He says she had some
tough questions for him at their house one day.>>And I didn’t understand
her line of questions. “What do you want
with my husband?” or “How much money
is he giving you?” She started to berate me
and I remember going, leaving that day
thinking something was amiss.>>Bob: It all raised
an obvious issue. Why was Barry Sherman being
so generous with his cousins? Kerry wondered if there
might be an ulterior motive.>>When I look back on it,
as wired as I was on drugs, why would a billionaire continue
to give me millions and millions of dollars when
I never showed a profit? It wasn’t like I was building
custom homes and selling them and making money. I was losing money,
losing money, and he would increase the line of credit
at the Bank Of Montréal, and he always made me
sign promissory notes. So, financially, this idea that
Barry Sherman was giving me money was not the truth. He– I was beholden to him. I was under his thumb.>>I don’t even know
what circumstances you’re talking about.>>Bob: In this audio testimony,
Sherman had a very different view of things.>>Bob: But Kerry Winter
couldn’t shake the notion there was another reason
for that generosity. He wondered if it could
have something to do with his father’s drug company,
which Barry Sherman bought all those years before.>>I then went to my cousin
and asked him specifically, “Barry, how did you get
my father’s business?”>>Bob: After some digging,
Kerry Winter uncovered a long-buried family agreement.>>And I’m gonna tell you,
I was blown away. I was shocked. I do not seen that coming.>>Bob: He learned that when
Barry Sherman bought their father’s company, he agreed
Kerry and his brothers could each acquire 5% of it. But Kerry says
their cousin Barry never told them
anything about that.>>And I just remember
calling him and saying, “You lied to me, Barry. “You lied to me.” And he said that that was true. And I said,
“Why did you like to me?”>>Bob: It was the beginning of
what would be a ten-year legal battle, Winter versus Sherman,
Sherman versus Winter. And Barry Sherman was
adamant, if not for him, Lou Winter’s former company
would have gone under.>>Bob: And according to
Kerry Winter, Barry Sherman warned him not even
to think about suing.>>And he said, “You know, not too many
people have a cousin Barry. “Do you know what
I mean by that, Kerry?” And I said,
“Well, I’m really lucky, Barry. “I’m really lucky to
have you in my corner.” He says, “Do you
hear what I’m saying? “Are you thinking
of coming after me? “Because if you do…” And he leaned forward
and looked at me and he says, “You won’t beat me. “Do you understand that? “Do you know who am?”>>Bob: After years
of bitter litigation, finally last September, the
Ontario Superior Court ruled against the claim by
Kerry Winter and his brothers for 20% of
Barry Sherman’s fortune. The court decided that original
agreement applied only to Lou Winter’s former company,
Empire Labs, which Barry Sherman had sold off before
he formed Apotex. Even worse, his cousin Barry
was culling in all the IOUs Kerry Winter had signed for
the cash advances he’d been given over all these years. So Kerry Winter now owed
Barry Sherman $8 million. Winter insists all that was
left between him and Barry was his hatred.>>He wasn’t this loving,
kind person giving money away, pillar of the Jewish community. He cared about one thing. Money. Making lots of it, and
not caring who he destroyed, who he stepped on, or who he fucked over,
like me and my brothers. [ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: Still devastated
and depressed from those court decisions,
just a few months later, in mid-December,
Kerry Winter got a phone call he’ll never forget,
from a friend.>>He said, “They just
found Barry and Honey’s body “in the house.” And I just calmly said
to him on the phone, “I don’t believe it. “He finally did it.” I said, “He killed her.” And to this day, and this
moment in front of you, I’ve never shedded
a tear about that and I’ve never questioned it.>>Bob: So that wasn’t a quip. That wasn’t something
that you truly believe?>>Absolutely, absolutely. And I know for a fact that… How do we say. There was a little history
between Barry and I.>>Bob: It was that history
between them which led Kerry Winter to make
an unbelievable assertion. He says, despite the
Toronto police ruling that the Sherman deaths
were a double homicide, there’s a decades-old
reason why he believes Barry Sherman killed his wife. He maintains Sherman
had try to do it before, and, another amazing claim,
Kerry said Barry had asked him to help.>>And there was a time in
his office that he turned to me, and said, “Kerry, I want
you to do me a favour.” And I said,
“What’s that, Barry?” He said, “I want
you to whack my wife.” And I said, “Come on, Barry,
you want me to kill your wife?” He goes, “I didn’t say you. “You know some people. “Could you arrange that for me?” And I said, “You’re serious? “You’re asking me to
arrange whacking your wife?” And he said,
“Yeah, I hate her.” And I said, “Barry,
I’ll go ahead and do that.” And I did. I planned it and I set it up.>>Bob: Did you think,
perhaps I should warn Honey? Or, perhaps I should–>>No, I hated her, too.
>>Bob: –call the police?>>No, I didn’t like Honey, And, matter of fact, at the
time, as twisted as I was, I relished in the idea. And I looked at it like
I was helping my cousin. I couldn’t say no.>>Bob: What do you believe
members of the family and their legal representatives
will say about this?>>I think they would say
that he’s possibly lying, he’s trying to drag Barry’s
good name through the mud. He’s gotten a hidden agenda. He’s got a vendetta. He’s being spiteful, vengeful.>>Bob: Are you any or
all of those things true?>>Well, there’s no doubt in my
mind I have a level of hatred. [ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: After the break,
Kerry Winter’s story is put to the lie detector test.>>You know, I probably
had reasons to lash out, to do the dirty deed. [ ♪♪ ]>>Announcer: You count on
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aftermath of the Sherman deaths, there were more
questions than answers. In particular, was it a murder
suicide or a double murder? After a six-week investigation,
police were unequivocal. Both Honey and Barry Sherman were victims of
a targeted homicide. But Kerry Winter
refuses to believe the official
Toronto Police version. The disgruntled cousin who had
the bitter decade-long dispute claiming a piece of the Sherman
fortune is sticking to his belief that it was Barry Sherman
who killed his wife. And he makes the outrageous
claim that his cousin Barry wanted to kill his wife
Honey two decades before.>>He just wanted her gone. He wanted her gone.>>Bob: But then,
Kerry Winter says, at the last minute,
Barry Sherman got cold feet.>>I called him and
I said, “You know there’s no turning back,
Barry, if I push the button.” And he said, “No, don’t do it.” And that’s when I said,
“Then don’t bring it up again,” and he never did.>>Bob: If that story
sounds like it might have been concocted, we
wondered about that, too. Two of Winter’s friends
claim he told the story to them at the time. But was it true? So we asked Kerry Winter
to take a lie detector test. While not admissible in court
due to possible inaccuracies, the polygraph is commonly
used in the justice system. John Galianos is a former
Québec homicide investigator and a veteran
polygraph examiner.>>You’ve gotta
twist left and right, find out what ticks. I know what you guys are doing.>>The blood pressure
cuff doesn’t go here. It goes right here.
[ He Laughs ]>>Is that true?
>>No, no. Now, put your arms up like if
you’re gonna jump in a pool.>>Bob: After a long pre-test,
Galianos wired him up and started his questions.>>Here, put your arms in here,
okay, lean forward a bit.>>Do you understand I will
only ask you the questions that we discussed?>>Yes.>>Concerning the hitman request
from Barry Sherman to cause the death of his wife, do you intend
to answer truthfully about that?>>Yes.>>Are you lying when you say
that Barry Sherman told you that he wanted his wife killed?>>No.>>Bob: We watched the test
unfold from an adjacent room, along with Western University
Criminologist, Mike Arntfield.>>Are you lying when you say
that Barry Sherman told you he wanted his wife killed?>>No.>>Look at that. Look at the height of it. It’s above twice
the height of…>>Bob: Yeah.>>And that’s one line,
but that’s often the– I mean, all lines are up. Look at the– look at
the three panels earlier. Look at where the baseline is.
>>Bob: Mmm-hmm. The entire process
takes about three hours. But the feedback
is almost instant.>>Okay.>>Can I ask how I did?>>Yeah, sure, I’ll tell you
right away in a few minutes.>>I hope it’s good.>>Yeah.
[ He Chuckles ]>>Bob: But for Kerry Winter,
it’s not good news.>>See result,
significant reactions.>>Is that good?>>No, it’s no good,
and the thing is, what that means is, there’s
something that you’re hiding.>>So, I failed.>>Yeah, you failed. Yup, you failed.>>Bob: And that’s when
Kerry’s story begins to unravel. First, his memory of the alleged
murder plot starts to change. Did he and Barry Sherman
really talk about killing Honey more than once,
as Kerry had claimed?>>Was it possible that he
didn’t ask you a second time? Is that possible?
>>Very. But I still believe it. I don’t know what in my head
I believe he asked me twice.>>But is it possible
he didn’t ask you a second time?>>Yeah.>>What percentage do you feel
that he only asked you once? What would be the percentage?>>Pretty high.>>Like how? Close to a hundred?>>Yeah. Yeah, he only asked me once.>>Bob: Winter had just
altered a key part of his claim, and that was only the beginning. He soon would admit he had
made other crucial details.>>It would have been
not months or weeks. It would have been
within a few days.>>Okay, he called it off
within a few days, right? As opposed to months and weeks?>>Yeah, and asked
me a second time.>>Okay, go ahead. I mentioned a second time,
which is false, right?>>Yes. That’s the only
explanation I have. That I could have embellished
it and said two times, and that she was getting
close to being done. And she was 20 hours away. That could have
been an embellishment. Because I honestly think
there was this button idea, that she was 20 hours
away from going.>>This button thing
was bullshit, right?>>Looking back on it, I don’t
know if it’s true or not. Where I would’ve
dreamt that up, though? Why I would have dreamt it up?>>Maybe the drugs.>>Possibly, or to make it
more drama-oriented fiasco?>>Bob: So his allegations that
Barry Sherman was involved in a murder plot was crumbling.>>Well, I’m just
completely baffled. Like, I’m baffled.>>Watch your head.>>I’m completely baffled because I didn’t think
this would happen.>>Okay, hold on, stay here.
I’m gonna get the–>>I fucking failed, man. Unbelievable.>>They show he was
lying and the test results, the polygraphist
confirms that.>>Bob: Criminologist and
former detective Mike Arntfield, who monitored the test, says the
only possible explanation for Kerry Winter’s failure is that his account of the
murder plot wasn’t true. And it all begs the question, why tell that story
in the first place?>>I mean, why go through
this whole song and dance? That’s really the
underlying question here.>>Bob: The Sherman family
has endured immeasurable pain in the weeks since their
parents were found dead. Added to that,
Kerry Winter’s story seems calculated and cruel. And the obvious
follow-up question might be, should Kerry Winter
himself be considered a suspect?>>And it’s something I’m sure
the police are going to ask about at this point. They need– he needs to
be properly cleared before moving on to other
people, I would say.>>Bob: Even Winter himself
admits he had the motive.>>You know, I probably
had reasons to lash out, to do the dirty deed.>>Bob: This would be
asked of you by anybody. Did you kill
Honey and Barry Sherman?>>Absolutely not. I had nothing to do with it. I don’t know who did it. I have my belief…>>Bob: We also asked
Kerry Winter if he would take a lie detector
test on THAT question, but his lawyer, and he, refused. So, we caught up with
Kerry Winter one last time at a coffee shop
in downtown Toronto to ask about
the Sherman murders.>>I mean, I had
opportunity, I had motive. I can see why the
police might say, “This guy’s also a fucking nut.”>>Bob: And he confessed to us
he had indeed fantasized about killing Barry Sherman.>>Like, I would
talk about killing Barry, and it was very graphic. The way I was gonna do it
wouldn’t have been belts. It was going to be in
the Apotex parking lot. That was my vision, always. That he’d come out of
the building of Apotex and I’d be hiding behind
a car and I’d just… decapitate him. I wanted to roll his
head down the parking lot, and I’d sit there
waiting for the police.>>Bob: With such vivid imagery,
we had to wonder if he had an alibi for the murders. The Shermans’ bodies
were found on that Friday, but it’s estimated they were
killed between Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Kerry Winter says he was
at work all day Thursday. But because he lives alone,
he doesn’t have an alibi for that entire Wednesday night.>>No alibi, Wednesday night I went to my
Cocaine Anonymous meeting. I came home, as I usually do,
watched some Netflix, eat some Doritos, fall asleep. Thursday night, same thing. Went to work. Very easily for me to have
left work at any time because I’m not on the clock. I’m a site supervisor. I can get in my car. I can take a three-hour
break during the day. I could easily have driven over
to Colony and done the deed. I admit to that.
But I didn’t. I didn’t, and that’s
why I’m not nervous. Guys.>>Bob: Kerry Winter left
the coffee shop and headed out into the night. He said Toronto detectives
had finally asked him to come in for an interview. He says they told him
he’s not a suspect and that there’s
no evidence he is. When we come back,
what can we learn from how the Shermans were killed?>>Consider the commitment
and, quite frankly, the strength required to manually
strangle someone, even strangle with a ligature. It’s a very up-close,
intimate, domineering, rage-induced manner
of killing someone. [ Siren Wails ] [ ♪♪ ]>>Announcer: The story
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and special video features that take you deep inside. [ ♪♪ ] [ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: It was
a Wednesday evening, December 13th, when Barry
and Honey Sherman headed home for the last time. Each in their own car. She left at 6:00pm. He, at 8:45. At the house on
Old Colony Road in Toronto, Honey’s Lexis arrived first. Later, Barry’s Mustang
pulled up and parked. It’s believed neither
ever left the house again. Two days afterwards,
they were found tied by belts to the railing of
their indoor pool. Reports say Honey Sherman
had injuries to her face and was lying in blood. At one point, that
both had their hands tied. We don’t know if it
happened separately or together, but the cause of their
death was strangulation.>>Consider the commitment
and, quite frankly, the strength required to manually
strangle someone, even strangle with a ligature.>>Bob: Former
police investigator, now University Professor
Mike Arntfield, says it appeared to be a very angry
yet disciplined crime.>>It’s a very
up-close, intimate, domineering, rage-induced
manner of killing someone. I’ve– I mean, the
blood at the scene, regardless– this was a
relatively controlled scene.>>Bob: That Friday
afternoon in December, the news hit like a mortar.>>Now to the mysterious
deaths of a billionaire couple.>>Barry Sherman and his
wife Honey have been found dead.>>Mysteriously hanging from
a railing on the edge of their indoor swimming pool.>>Bob: Two of Canada’s most
successful and generous citizens senselessly killed.>>To be quite honest with you,
I almost fell out of my car just hearing what he had said to me.>>Bob: Like many longtime
friends, Post Media CEO Paul Godfrey tried to
piece together how it could have happened to people
who’d given so much to so many.>>No sign of forced entry. Somebody could have knocked
on the door that he knew or she knew and that
wouldn’t be forced entry. Somebody let them in,
or the door was unlocked and somebody walked in. Who knows? [ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: It was six weeks to
the day after Toronto police arrived at the murder scene that
investigators gave their first public briefing on the case.>>We have sufficient
evidence to describe this as a double homicide investigation.>>Bob: After a thousand
hours of investigation, 127 witness statements,
and 20 search warrants, detectives said they now
knew the Shermans had been intentionally murdered.>>Both Honey and Barry
Sherman were, in fact, targeted.>>I think that term, whether
it’s through film or television, sort of conjures an image
in people’s heads that this must have been an assassination, that this must have
been a murder for hire. All it means is
they were selected, they were marked for
death, but it doesn’t mean by a professional, and certainly the
way the scene had been depicted says anything but professional.>>Bob: Criminologist Mike
Arntfield believes the motive was both personal and financial,
and he knows a lot about murder. He administers a huge American
homicide database and says, statistically, the method
used to kill the Shermans is extremely rare.>>And since 1976, among
800,000 murders in the US, this has happened only
22 times, where you have an elderly individual over 65,
and/or an elderly couple, strangled over a money
related issue in their own home.>>The good news, such as it is, is that, of those
22 most unusual murders, all 22 cases were solved. The house where the Shermans
lived and died has now been turned over to a team
of private investigators hired by the family, working to uncover evidence
of what took place here, that the police so far have not. The Shermans’ family and
friends are hoping they do so, and fast.>>I knew him for 17 years. He was the
best friend I ever had. He was like a brother.>>Bob: Frank D’Angelo
was Barry Sherman’s friend and business partner. He says he only wishes his pal
had been more careful about his own security.>>I used to fight with Barry
all the time because he used to leave his place of business
in the shroud of darkness. And that’s a billionaire. And if anybody, whether it
was somebody in the industry of industrial espionage… that’s– they could
have just got him there and been at the airport
before the police knew what happened, and gone.>>Bob: According to D’Angelo,
they had spoken just a day before Sherman
last was seen alive.>>We always would say,
“I love you, bud. “Love ya.” That’s the last thing he said. It’s fucking crazy, eh? In a split second,
things change forever.>>Bob: And D’Angelo says he too
is convinced the motivation for the murders was
something personal.>>For somebody to go to
their house and murder the both of them,
it was personal.>>Bob: Author and journalist
Jeffrey Robinson wrote about Barry Sherman.>>You know, in
investigative journalism, you follow the money,
and you say, “Cui bono?” Who benefits? Who benefits from
having killed him last year, if he was in fact murder? There’s probably
a long list of people. Barry had enemies. Barry made enemies. [ ♪♪ ]>>Bob: Whatever we will yet
learn about how they were killed and by whom, together,
Barry and Honey Sherman were larger-than-life Canadians. Their legacy,
the billions they earned, and the tens of millions
they gave away. But for now, they’re
known around the world for the unsolved murder
mystery they left behind. [ ♪♪ ]

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100 thoughts on “The Mystery of the Sherman Murders – The Fifth Estate

  1. He got got. In the US big pharma is very powerful. I guess they don't hold the same sway Canada. Who took over his companies market share or did they keep thier market share and just the law suits went away?

  2. Haha that guys such a huge slime ball liar
    He probably took that first $8mil his uncle loaned him and lived like a king for 10 years.. (probably at no interest no terms besides it can be called some day)
    Then when it ran out and his uncle wouldn't give him more he brought up the 5% thing and sued

  3. at least he should take care of his cousins because when his father died his uncle took care of him, and he also had the financial means to help them and the company belonged to his cousins father ,…he was a bad guy…

  4. If it was family they would’ve been caught after bragging about it n being so crippled in resentment all those years. This looks like an orchestrated hit. Family usually leaves a bloody merciless scene….112 stab wounds each safe blown up , house trashed set on fire etc. this was somewhat clean. Why drag them to the pool? Maybe mob related. This will never be solved. All that money and enemies bound to happen especially he didn’t get it honest he stole from his brother and left his sons destitute. Reaping and Sowing. It was Sowing Season! I don’t envy none of them!

  5. Drug companies are the biggest drug dealers in the world they kill people every single day but no one bats an eye lid

  6. Snuff films lead to the Sherman's, is this true? I heard from the notorious murderer pig farmer from Alberta, leading to the Clinton Foundation.

  7. He took over the business of his uncle and let his orphane cousins struggle for years? There u have it… That's the kind of man he was…

  8. If I had so Many enemies made throughout my life i sure would have personal security guard and lots and lots of camera in my gate my house and everywhere and he had the money to do that.

  9. Wal-Mart video this case .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WITNESS CAME FORWARD> !!! Witness Sloughed for Fiber hair an D.N.A. then!!!!!! Well that is the rest of the EVENT LEAD UP TO THERE MURDER !! now known !!!

  10. This documentary is clearly biased towards the billionaires, constantly portraying them as ultra good people and strategically exploiting the cousin's own admission of his hatred for them.

  11. You reap what you sow! …. What maybe for him (them) looked as a small minor issue – to destroy, to block, …) hardly any notice worth was for many others their living income, their goals, their honesty, etc….
    Honey as well knew so many secrets he/they did… maybe a few too many, especially if it would come to a divorce/split. .. Let's assume he came back home, she told him about divorce. In anger he killed her and was setting the scene as if they were targeted and someone killed her to get revenge at him. During him setting the scene at the pool (after he hit her during a/the fight and strangled her) he was caught by someone of her side (family-friends-lover) and that person in anger strangled Barry and completed the swimming pool scene Barry was busy to set-up. .. Not only one has to search to who benefits from Barry's death thus as well all that would benefit from Honey divorcing (law suits, etc…) Barry or from Honey's death…. Not only political, economical but sure familial investigation must be done!

  12. Kerry Winter seems VERY guilty. He's talking himself into a murder conviction.
    But I'd look at D'Angelo being his business partner, he'd stand to gain.

  13. Crack addict , liar Kerry Vinter killed this rich couple . Sychopath he sounds like to me . Why talk about Sherman wanted to kill him wife now?😳 Irrelevant when both people are dead!

  14. When u have soo many enemies is cause u did a lot of BS TO GET THT MONEY.GOD DONT LIKE UGLY.SAD THEY DIED LIKE THT..MMM

  15. One thing I know for certain is that drug addicts (I am a recovering drug addict for over 13.5 years now) is that , fueled by hate and rage, we can make any story into anything we want it to be AND make others feel crazy if they don't believe what we are telling them. We are the best manipulators there are.

  16. 2:00 Her face isn't red at all. Doesn't look like she needs the shades inside if she's not crying up a storm and her face and eyes are puffy and red…

  17. Maybe if the winters would have applied themselves in their lives as much as they did in this lawsuit they wouldn't be where they are… Everyone has tragedies, your character truly shows in how you deal with them.

  18. While I am so broken over this, still so shocked at the utter evilness of it, I'm happy they went together. I would NEVER want to imagine the one's pain over losing the other one. Barry & Honey belong together, no matter where that may be. My heart aches for the children, but I also know deep down, they would have wanted the same thing. ❤

  19. I’m Fucken Serious




    Watch the arm going onto the back of the chair…. 😛😂😛
    I’m completely baffled 😮
    Yet loving this body language pantomime.

  20. Justine Trudeau is involved..$12, 500 a plate dinner for the libs! Justine had a reason! The biggest campaign fraud in history of Canada! How much $$$ did Trudeau give the Clintons? How much money did the Sherman's cut out of Pfizer ? Hmmmm

  21. It is extremely sad that Barry didn't help his cousins. How would his life been different had his uncle not mentored him following his father's death? How would his life been different had he mentored his cousin instead of simply giving him lines of credit?

  22. Come on, you have a lot of cousins you don't see, their father put you where you are.
    That man was an ungrateful man, and his wife was no help.
    The unfortunate thing is that people do not know how nasty some rich people can be towards their own family members.

  23. Billionaire feels at risk and he wouldn't think of having private security/body guards?
    There's alot of age old memes and tropes here about a certain ethnicity which i will leave to others to ponder.

  24. The cousin just blew the lid on the truth…. Barry wasn't a "pillar of the Jewish community"…. Barry was conditioned and coached at a young age by a handler to become who he was; a millionaire and he had his uncle, the original owner to the company, wacked so his career would take off… Basically, he made a deal with the devil and either he was stirring the pot too much by the lawsuits or someone was talking too much or he wasn't using his money the way he was told and it was his turn to go. The devil came for his soul and his wife's. It's like a sacrifice in these elite cults… Sick and twisted but yea that's what rly happened. You don't just make millions from "hard work". You make deals and become a pawn for the spiritual boss behind the curtain. Tons of celebs will tell you the same thing about their fame and fortune. These people have to do crazy, evil things for that status and wealth.

  25. It's weird that Barry wound up with this family business, instead of the children.. And any future profits should have been divided between the surviving children. THEIR FATHER LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THIS BUSINESS.. Ontario court system is a sham full of psychopaths that believe their above everything and everyone! They love to figure out who the victim is, so they can side with the offender. They can only relate to the psychopath, and enjoy making excuses for the psychopath . It's messed up.. These surviving children should have owned SIGNIFICANT SHARES, in THEIR FATHERS COMPANY!! PERIOD…

  26. Well Barry should not have cheated his cousins out of what his father told him to do.What goes around comes around.Karma got him and his wife 10 folds.Blood is thicker than water.Doing anyone wrong is evil, doing a family member wrong is the bottom of the barrel.Being greedy never gets you anywhere.

  27. He deserved to die. A man took you under his wing, taught you all he knows, and when he dies, you vulture your way into owning his company.
    And after that, you don't take care of his orphans. I would have adopted them.
    What a loser

  28. Sounds like they got what they deserve and it did sound personal the way they were killed I wouldn't have a guard some type of protection there

  29. Are you going to argue about 5% when you admittedly f*** up 8 million that he was giving you… He was right you should be lucky to have a cousin Barry I can put you on your feet after you stop using drugs and you want 5% so you can f*** that up to stop it….. The Dad should have made better provisions for his boys

  30. Let me take a lie detector…. What are the results… I failed. Oh s*** I'm lying I can't believe I'm f**** lying… Whew That was close. I almost believed myself

  31. Jewish custom has the deceased buried in a simple wooden coffin. Flowers are not appropriate as flowers symbolize celebration. Instead dirt is tossed onto the casket at the gravesite demonstrating acceptance of the deceased. Stones are used in the superstitious belief that it keeps the buried soul down. Stones, unlike flowers do not die.

  32. this is such a terrible documentary, its a biased account and character assassination of the only person who will tell all. nothing at all about evidence. or a narrative. horrible television. waste. garbage.


  34. 3.29 3.29…..3.29….3.29…..3.29…..3.29 HE HAS BEEN TERMINATED UNDER THE SAME TREE MAPPING………………..

  35. There is more to this story than what is being portrayed here. The Sherman's had some sketchy connections with some other very wealthy people around the globe………. however, it's easy to blame it on a family or random incident because those stories are easier to believe.

  36. Don’t trust criminals with drug problems. They only know to manipulate! His cousin gave him millions!! Heck none of my cousins can even give me a dollar. Dude is lying!! He probably killed his cousin out of jealousy!!!

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