Private investigators think wealthy Toronto couple was murdered

Independent investigators looking into the deaths of a billionaire Toronto couple last month believe they were actually killed by multiple people after a struggle, according to reports.

The theory of one or more killers is a rebuke to the police suspicion that Barry and Honey Sherman died in a mysterious murder suicide, the CBC reports.

Both were found with belts around their throats, tied to a railing adjacent to their basement pool on Dec. 15, leading investigators to believe Barry Sherman killed his wife, hanged her to the railing and killed himself.

The couple’s four adult children have questioned that theory, however, and tapped private investigators to look into the deaths.

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TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 15: TPS Constable David Hopkinson briefs the media outside the house. Two people have been found dead inside the North York mansion of Apotext Inc founder. Some reports have the dead as Barry Sherman and wife Honey . (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
One of two bodies is removed from the home of billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc., Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, who were found dead under circumstances that police described as "suspicious" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
A For Sale sign stands outside the home of billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc., Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, who were found dead under circumstances that police described as "suspicious" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
A police forensics photographer works outside the home of billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc., Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, who were found dead under circumstances that police described as "suspicious," in Toronto, Ontario, Canada December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
A police forensics photographer works outside the home of billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc., Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, who were found dead under circumstances that police described as "suspicious," in Toronto, Ontario, Canada December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
A police forensics photographer works outside the home of billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc., Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, who were found dead under circumstances that police described as "suspicious," in Toronto, Ontario, Canada December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
Mourners place flowers outside the home of billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc., Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, who were found dead under circumstances that police described as "suspicious", in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 17, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
Police officers gather while canvassing neighbors for information, outside the home of billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc., Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, who were found dead under circumstances that police described as "suspicious," in Toronto, Ontario, Canada December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
Police outside of the home of billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc., Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, who were found dead in their home under circumstances that police described as "suspicious" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
One of two bodies is removed from the home of billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc., Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, who were found dead under circumstances that police described as "suspicious" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 20: Homes in the neighbourhood near the Old Colony property owned by Barry and Honey Sherman. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER, 21 Thousands came out to the International Centre for the memorial for billionaires Honey and Barry Sherman. The two were found dead in their Toronto home last week under mysterious circumstances. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- DECEMBER 21 - Sherman Funeral The hearses of Honey and Barry Sherman leave the memorial at International Center in Toronto.December 21, 2017. Rene Johnston/Toronto Star (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- DECEMBER 21 - Sherman Funeral Thousands of chairs set up for the public to pay their respects to Honey and Barry Sherman at International Center in Toronto. (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO- DECEMBER 18: Forensic investigators continued their activities at 50 Old Colony Road following the suspicious deaths of Barry Sherman and his wife Honey. Flowers have been placed outside of the billionaires house that remains fenced with police tape. (Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO- DECEMBER 18: Forensic investigators continued their activities at 50 Old Colony Road following the suspicious deaths of Barry Sherman and his wife Honey. Flowers have been placed outside of the billionaires house that remains fenced with police tape. (Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO- DECEMBER 18: Forensic investigators continued their activities at 50 Old Colony Road following the suspicious deaths of Barry Sherman and his wife Honey. Flowers have been placed outside of the billionaires house that remains fenced with police tape. (Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO- DECEMBER 18: Forensic investigators continued their activities at 50 Old Colony Road following the suspicious deaths of Barry Sherman and his wife Honey. Flowers have been placed outside of the billionaires house that remains fenced with police tape. (Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO- DECEMBER 18: Forensic investigators continued their activities at 50 Old Colony Road following the suspicious deaths of Barry Sherman and his wife Honey. Flowers have been placed outside of the billionaires house that remains fenced with police tape. (Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 20: Homes in the neighbourhood near the Old Colony property owned by Barry and Honey Sherman. Toronto Star/Rick Madonik Rick Madonik/Toronto Star (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 15: Two people have been found dead inside the North York mansion of Apotext Inc founder. Some reports have the dead as Barry Sherman and wife Honey . (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 15: A woman who said she worked at Apotext, is escorted from the house after she went past the police tape to drop off flowers. Two people have been found dead inside the North York mansion of Apotext Inc founder. Some reports have the dead as Barry Sherman and wife Honey . (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO- DECEMBER 18: Forensic investigators continued their activities at 50 Old Colony Road following the suspicious deaths of Barry Sherman and his wife Honey. Flowers have been placed outside of the billionaires house that remains fenced with police tape. (Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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Those investigators found signs their wrists were bound together at one time, a source familiar with the probe told CBC. Their hands were not tied together when a real estate agent found them last month, the channel added.

No rope was found at the scene, according to reports, and there was no sign of a forced entry.

The independent sleuths also suspect the couple may have been killed on Dec. 13 — two days before they were discovered — based on the clothes Honey Sherman, 70, was wearing at the time.

Experts also questioned the placements of the belts, according to the Toronto Star. They believe the husband and wife may have been strangled with the belts, which were then tied to the railing to keep their bodies upright.

Honey Sherman also had cuts on her face, and was discovered in a pool of her own blood, the CBC reported, leading investigators to think she struggled with her suspected attackers.

Based on her positioning when she was found compared with the blood stains on her body, she may have been left in one position before being moved and eventually hanged, CBC noted.

Barry Sherman, 75, established one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Canada, and the couple was well known in Toronto’s upper class.

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