By Travis Fedschun. A Canadian billionaire and his wife whose bodies turned up in their Toronto mansion, in what police called “suspicious” deaths, died from ligature neck compression, Toronto law enforcement said Sunday, a development suggesting the couple was strangled.
Pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman, 75, founder of Apotex Inc., and his 70-year-old wife, Honey, were found dead in their north Toronto mansion on Friday.
Multiple Canadian media outlets reported that police initially were investigating the deaths as a possible murder-suicide, citing unidentified police sources. The bodies were found hanging from a railing on the edge of a basement swimming pool, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, and CTV News reported, all citing police sources.
Investigators were working on the theory that Sherman killed his wife at some place in the mansion, hanged her body and then hanged himself at the pool’s edge. The Shermans recently put up their house for sale for $6.9 million ($5.4 million in U.S. dollars).
The immediate family in a statement released Saturday by Apotex admonished law enforcement sources for telling members of the media the deaths were from a murder-suicide before autopsy results were released, and slammed reports of a possible murder-suicide as “irresponsible.” (Read more from “Cause of Billionaires’ ‘Suspicious’ Deaths Revealed” HERE)
Millionaire Heir Found Guilty of Murdering Ex-Girlfriend, Burning Her Body in an Incinerator Called ‘the Eliminator’ to Satisfy Lover
By Christopher Carbone. A jury in Canada found two men guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was burned inside an animal incinerator that was called “the eliminator.”
Jurors in Ontario Superior Court needed less than four days to render a verdict in the bizarre case, finding Dellen Millard, 32, and Mark Smich, 30, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Laura Babcock, reports CBC News.
The victim’s family and several jurors reportedly cried as the verdict was read.
Millard, the heir to a storied aviation company, owned a fleet of cars parked at an airport hangar — including a maroon, boat-sized Cadillac. He hosted pool parties where women outnumbered men by a 2-to-1 ratio and also owned a range of high-end properties.
Smich and Millard, already serving sentences in the murder of Tim Bosma, were automatically sentenced to life imprisonment without a chance of parole for 25 years in Babcock’s death. (Read more from “Millionaire Heir Found Guilty of Murdering Ex-Girlfriend, Burning Her Body in an Incinerator Called ‘the Eliminator’ to Satisfy Lover” HERE)