Jonathon Sherman wants to set the record straight: he had nothing to do with the 2017 unsolved murder of his billionaire parents, Barry and Honey Sherman. According to reports, two weeks prior to their death, the father of four asked his 37-year-old son and his business partner Adam Paulin to repay him a $50 million loan due to personal financial troubles.
Sherman, a businessman in his own right, had remained tight-lipped about the situation, but he says he's sick of the negative attention he's been receiving.
"I can tell you I was not involved,” he stated to Toronto Star.
He also explained that he was speaking up about his innocence as the public scrutiny against him has caused a huge rift between him and his sister Alex, who now believes he may have had a hand in the killings. He fears that their relationship may never recover.
Barry & Honey Sherman Murdered - Was Their Son Involved?
Back on December 15, 2017, the businessman's parents were found dead near their indoor pool. Leather belts were fastened around their necks to a pool railing and they were positioned so that they were sitting next to each other. Their cause of death was listed as ligature neck compression, a form of strangulation.
Their bodies were discovered by a real estate agent who was showing clients the home, which was on the market for $6.7 million. At the time, no suspects had been identified, but in November 2020, Toronto police stated they had at least one person of interest, but no arrests had been made.
In recently released court documents, Jonathon claimed his parents were "complicated people and that there are people out there who would have a grudge against them and would have a reason to hurt them."
He also called his father, the founder of drug giant Apotex, "brilliant but lacking in emotional and social intelligence," and labeled his mom as "smart, abrasive [and] high-energy."
The community was left horrified by the murders, as the longtime couple were known for their generosity. However, when it came to business deals, the same may not have been said, as the patriarch was involved in several lawsuits, including one that saw his company lose $500 million.
After their deaths, the family offered a $10 million reward for anyone who came forward with information that would lead to an arrest.