Relatives believe Barry and Honey were ‘making a statement’ on Sherman’s murder, unsolved records show


A collection of unsealed documents related to the murder of Barry and Honey Sherman is revealing new details about the death of a Toronto billionaire couple, including an interview with a relative who believes “someone is making a statement” in their murders.

The documents (known as ITOs or information for submissions), although heavily amended, shed new light on the length of time investigators have taken to capture the person or persons responsible for the past four years.

Investigators in the surveillance video last month found that Toronto police were looking into the phone data of hundreds of people who had been in contact with the couple at the time in an attempt to geographically link to the suspect.

The video, released on December 14, shows an unknown man near the multi-million dollar North York property of the Shermans at the same time as their murders in December 2017.

Homicide Det. Investigators were combing through hours of security footage for the sergeant’s murders but Brandon Price said at the time that he was the only person who could not identify the man in the surveillance video.

Since then, police have told CTV News Toronto they have received “hundreds” of tips related to the video. However, police say their investigation has now reached a “new stage” after their efforts to arrest the suspect on the basis of phone mobility are over.

The documents included pictures of Sherman’s vehicles, both of which were parked in the driveway and garage of his home at the time of his murder.

In addition, ITOs disclose information submitted to police by people close to Sherman, including details of their medical history, observations on their relationship status, and personal and business-related finances.

In her second interview with ITOs police, Honey Sherman’s sister, Mary Schechtman, suggested that the person responsible for the killings was “making a statement” and that she believed the motive for the killings was motivated by religion.

“The Shermans were a strong supporter of Israel and were very vocal about the Honey Jews,” said Shechtman. “People of a certain race were going through the house at a certain time and Honey was using phrases that were not politically correct.”

The bodies of Honey, 70, and Barry, 75, were first discovered on Dec. 15, 2017, at their mansion at 50 Old Colony Road.

Police have determined that the couple died of ligature neck compression two days later.

With files from Scott Lightfoot, CTV News Toronto

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