The No Good, Terribly Kind, Wonderful Lives and Tragic Deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman

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News of the mysterious deaths of billionaire Canadian pharma giant Barry Sherman and his philanthropist wife Honey in December 2017 reverberated around the world. Five years later, with no arrests and little news from the police, their deaths remain shrouded in mystery and conspiracy theories, with too many lingering questions. Not just who killed them, but what kind of life do you have to live that when you’re found dead, there are multiple theories, including some involving your own family? That’s the question journalist Kathleen Goldhar set out to discover, in The No Good, Terribly Kind, Wonderful Lives and Tragic Deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman, as she explores who the Shermans really were and why too much money might have been what killed them in the end.

  • 3 minutes 34 seconds
    Bonus: Connie Walker joins Kathleen Goldhar on Crime Story to discuss her new podcast

    Fraud. Abduction. Murder. Every week, Crime Story host and investigative journalist Kathleen Goldhar goes deep into a tale of true crime with the storyteller who knows it best. 

    In this special episode, Connie Walker joins Kathleen to discuss the new season of her Pulitzer Prize winning podcast Stolen: Trouble in Sweetwater that investigates a crisis of policing on America’s largest reservation. Connie investigates the disappearance of two women on the Navajo Nation, a place where people say you can get away with murder.

    The full episode and many more are available at:

    13 May 2024, 2:10 pm
  • 33 minutes 53 seconds
    Chapter Eight: Thin Lines

    After our year-long investigation, in this final episode we revisit the murder/suicide theory. That misstep set the whole investigation off on the wrong foot, and might have derailed any chance of finding out who killed the Shermans. To the Sherman's children, it's one of the biggest police screw-ups in recent history – a botched job that muddled the truth and stained the family. But the theory hangs in the air because its adherents, especially Kerry Winter, aren’t budging. In the end, what is the Shermans’ legacy? And what was all that money really for?

    For transcripts of this series, please visit here.

    Itiel Dror’s Cognitive Bias in Forensic Pathology Decisions

    Douglas Young’s website

    3 April 2023, 8:10 am
  • 41 minutes 24 seconds
    Chapter Seven: My Blood is Yours

    After a notorious 2018 interview on CBC television, Kerry Winter became a familiar figure in the tale of the Shermans’ deaths. “The Cousin Did It” wasn’t just a snappy headline on the cover of The National Enquirer, it also became a favourite theory. Yet Kerry is not a suspect. And all these years later the humiliation, anger, and deep sadness Kerry feels towards his cousin Barry are still right on the surface. How did such a good thing go so bad, and why is Kerry so certain Barry killed Honey then killed himself? Was a man capable of “ripping off little orphans” also capable of killing his own wife? And himself?

    For transcripts of this series, please visit here.

    Kerry Winter on The Fifth Estate

    27 March 2023, 8:10 am
  • 32 minutes 43 seconds
    Chapter Six: It's Complicated

    The lack of justice, or any resolution, has left a void in this story that has been filled by online sleuths, investigative reporters, nosey neighbours, and conspiracy theorists. From Covid to the Clintons. From family to the Mafia. With more than a dozen theories on the table, and little information from the police, is it any wonder this case remains constant fodder for the darkest corners of the internet?

    For transcripts of this series, please visit here.



    Corrina Oates’ Sleuthing Websleuths

    Ann Brocklehurst

    20 March 2023, 8:10 am
  • 33 minutes 46 seconds
    Chapter Five: Just Skate

    If Honey Sherman showed up unannounced at her favourite hair salon and someone was in her chair — that person got moved pretty darn quickly. Honey wasn't the one who made the billions, but she certainly spent them. So much is known about her husband, but very little about Honey Sherman. A child of Holocaust survivors, family and community meant everything to Honey. And as for her friends? They aren’t talking.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit here.

    Rosemary Sexton’s website

    13 March 2023, 8:10 am
  • 25 minutes 42 seconds
    Chapter Four: The Winters are Coming

    It is no secret that some family members wanted Barry Sherman dead. And no one had a bigger grudge against Barry than his first cousins, Kerry Winter and his brothers. The Winter cousins were close to Barry — especially Kerry. They were father/son close. And the Winter boys lived well off Barry's money. But that good blood turned bad after a 10-year court battle that pitted cousin against cousin, in a fight over a billion-dollar fortune of which the Winters claimed their cousin robbed them.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit here.

    Kerry Winter on The Fifth Estate

    6 March 2023, 9:10 am
  • 40 minutes 36 seconds
    Chapter Three: The Scorpion

    To get ahead in the generic drug industry you need to be focused, hard-nosed and fearless. Especially because half the battle is taking on one of the richest, most powerful industries in the world — Big Pharma. Barry Sherman was the perfect generic drug lord — more litigator than innovator — but did his ability to win in court, and slough off the losses, end up getting him killed?

    For transcripts of this series, please visit here.

    Katherine Eban’s Bottle of Lies

    Jeffery Robinson’s Prescription Games

    Nancy Olivieri’s How John le Carré Changed my Life

    John le Carré The Constant Gardener

    Nancy and Barry on 60 Minutes

    Shashank Upadhye’s website

    27 February 2023, 9:10 am
  • 31 minutes 8 seconds
    Chapter Two: The Smartest Man I Ever Met

    The Shermans’ funeral is weird, the list of eulogists long, and it’s attended by Canadian boldface names. But ask anyone who knew Barry Sherman and they all say the same thing:he was the smartest person they'd ever met. Always finishing at the top of his class, Barry was smart enough to claw his way to the top of the infamously cutthroat generic drug industry and make billions of dollars. But he was also arrogant and unreasonable, driven and deceptive. Just the sort of man who dies under suspicious circumstances.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit here.

    Sherman funeral

    20 February 2023, 9:11 am
  • 32 minutes 43 seconds
    Chapter One: Bitter Pill

    What does a Philadelphia junk artist have to do with the deaths of a wealthy Canadian pharma giant and his philanthropist wife? Maybe nothing, but it’s odd that their bodies were reportedly posed like a piece of junk sculpture that the Shermans displayed nearby. But this strange coincidence is just one of many in this most baffling of unsolved murder cases in Canadian history. Host Kathleen Goldhar goes on a byzantine journey to find out what kind of life do you have to live that your death spurns on multiple theories about who might have killed you, including some involving your closest family.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit here.

    Leo Sewell’s website

    Matthew Campbell’s The Unsolved Murder of an Unusual Billionaire

    Saul Rubinek’s IMDB

    20 February 2023, 9:10 am
  • 2 minutes 35 seconds
    Introducing The No Good, Terribly Kind, Wonderful Lives and Tragic Deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman
    In the No Good, Terribly Kind, Wonderful Lives and Tragic Deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman, journalist Kathleen Goldhar looks into the lives and deaths of one of Canada's richest couples. Eight episodes, released weekly starting February 20.
    3 February 2023, 5:10 am
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