Canada - Barry, 75, & Honey Sherman, 70, found dead, Toronto, 15 Dec 2017 #10

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  1. andreww

    andreww Former Member

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    <modsnip - rude comment>

    Barry had wills, Honey didn't. The key point here is that the family wants to use Barry's will. It leaves everything to them, divided equally. However, If there is evidence to show that Barry died first, Everything would go to Honey, and then it would be up to the courts to decide who gets what and when. This opens the door up to anyone who feels they might have a claim to part of the estate.

    Bottom line is that there is obviously information in that document, probably suggesting that Honey died up to six hours before Barry. Information the family doesn't want to make public, yet they need to put in front of the court in order to get the judgement they want in the will situation.

    Sometimes I think people are blind. The family and police have continually refused to release even the simplest facts regarding this case. The reason? Likely the facts paint a very clear picture of what happened that night.
     
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  2. andreww

    andreww Former Member

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    Exactly.
     
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    andreww Former Member

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    <modsnip - personalized>This situation would exist whether there was a coverup or not. Absolutely no difference. This is dependant on a simple question, who died first? Not sure why that info needs to be withheld from the public... well actually I do ;).
     
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  4. JDG

    JDG Websleuther

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    IF the 30 day survivorship rule is not in the wills/does not apply, the courts usually determine that the older spouse died first. That would leave Honeys' wishes on the table, not Barrys'.

    Given the amount of decomposition etc, it may not be a coverup at all, simply that there is not a way to determine who died first.

    Yes, we know that Honey left Apotex first but that doesn't necessarily mean she died first. She could have gone to the mall, to visit her sister or one of many other things before returning home.
     
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    andreww Former Member

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    Well what other evidence from the police investigation could possibly be in the sealed document then?
     
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    JDG Websleuther

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    Perhaps they've done this simply because there is NO definite date to be had.
    Your underlined phrase is conjecture only, placed there to help sell newspapers.
     
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    andreww Former Member

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    Not conjecture. Police have said they either died late on the 13th or on the 14th. Why would the family put an actual date on there if it is not certain?
     
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    deugirtni Well-Known Member

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    Which situation? The one where, according to you, the kids once again aren't getting their exact way and so they're bribing everyone to orchestrate things so they get what they want?

    Doesn't this seem to be a non-issue since it seems no matter how you look at it, the estate will have to be determined by the courts, if H has no Will?

    • If B killed H, then B doesn't get to be a beneficiary of H's Will, and if H has no will... it would be determined by the courts?
    • If H killed B, then H doesn't get to be a beneficiary of B's Will, but yet he left everything to H, and so .. it would be determined by the courts?
    • If double murder, they need to know timing; if B went first and left everything to H, but then H doesn't have a Will, then... it gets determined by the courts?
    • If double murder, and H went first and she has no Will, then it gets determined by the courts?
    And any person(s) claiming to be a beneficiary of H's Will would have to prove it, would they not? And good luck to them on that without H's Will.

    It is preposterous to think that H wouldn't have had a Will. She was 70 years old, had already had a bout with throat cancer in addition to numerous other ailments, and she was one half of one of Canada's wealthiest couples. That makes sense.

    What am I missing? It's early and I was up late.
     
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    andreww Former Member

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    People don't hide their wills. If they haven't come up with one by now, its safe to assume that she never had one.

    I don't have one either. Yes, stupid, but some people just put off facing their mortality.
     
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    deugirtni Well-Known Member

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    Sure, understandable, however you and I are not one of Canada's wealthiest couples and this case certainly isn't about what we might do in our little worlds. Barry was super intelligent, and seemingly extremely law savvy being one of Canada's biggest litigants. He had lawyers and accountants at his fingertips and could pay for the very best advice and service. Honey was sickly and 70 years old. There was a Will. That's probably why they were looking for it. The kids would have known of its existence, I'm sure.

    "there was a vigorous search for an important document — Honey Sherman’s will.

    No one reported being given it for safekeeping, and when police returned access to the family home where the billionaire couple was murdered, no last will and testament of hers was discovered."
    ....
    "(In an email interview this week, Youdan said he was referring in court only “to the facts as known in the public sphere.” He said he was not revealing details about the order of death, the status of wills, or whether or not an individual had a will. He did not elaborate.)"

    Is it possible Honey's Will has become part of police evidence and they're not disclosing it to even the family, nor handing it over, for reasons pertaining to the Will potentially pointing to a motive?

    Or could it just simply be that the family and their counsel and the police do indeed have the Will in their possession, however they do not want their personal financial details and that of their offspring and whomever else they wished to name as beneficiaries plastered all over mainstream media around the world, and so they're being tightlipped, since it has no bearing on the case itself? How many wealthy deceased people have their Wills picked apart in MSM, even if they might be considered 'public'?

    Edited to add: and the police
     
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    The tombstone will not be big enough to perpetuate that the police, despite advanced forensic possibilities, were unable to determine the time of death. ;)
     
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    Rbbm
    ‘Older spouse’?
     
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    I'm no expert on WS rules, but it seems to me these statements are nothing more than random accusations of the victims' family, which I thought was unacceptable.
     
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    Well I suppose anything to keep the Sherman homicides in the headlines is always a worthwhile endeavour but this article contains a huge amount of speculation and conjecture regarding Honey’s Will considering the Sherman estate file has already been sealed for several months. The hearing Donovan refers to was held last August.

    In the same story, his sole source avoids confirmation of anything so what do we really know?
    “....(In an email interview this week, Youdan said he was referring in court only “to the facts as known in the public sphere.” He said he was not revealing details about the order of death, the status of wills, or whether or not an individual had a will. He did not elaborate.)...”
    Where is Honey Sherman’s will? | The Star

    Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. v. Sherman Estate, 2018 ONSC 4706 (CanLII)
    CanLII - 2018 ONSC 4706 (CanLII)
     
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    Judge seals estate files of murder victims Barry and Honey Sherman to protect heirs
    'The risk of harm is foreseeable and the foreseeable harm is grave,' said Ontario Superior Court Judge Sean Dunphy in a highly unusual sealing order"
    "The estate files dealing with the distribution of assets after death, one for Barry Sherman, listed under his formal name, Bernard, and one for his wife Honey Sherman, showing she is also known as Anna Debora, are filed in Ontario court but access to the contents are blocked from public view.

    The files were created in June after lawyers representing the trustees of the estate sought an oral hearing before a judge rather than simply filing material over the counter at a courthouse, as is usually the case."

    “It is necessary to maintain the requested materials as confidential in order to prevent a serious risk to an important interest, namely the personal safety, security and well-being of the estate trustees and the beneficiaries,” lawyers argued on behalf of the Sherman estate."
     
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    HS’s will would have had a witness signature. Signed by someone not named in the will. The copy of the will, as was already suggested here, would also be held in her lawyer’s office.

    Maybe the witness and the lawyer will step forward after this Star article?
     
  17. JDG

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    Yes, where both have died seemingly at the same time, the older spouse is considered to have died first. I replaced 'elder' with 'older' i.e. BS as opposed to HS
     
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    They probably already did, months ago, .. it isn't said (or even known by Donovan or the public) whether this Will is still missing. Probably not, or to me, that would indicate large issues. Maybe Donovan gave it x amount of time to get access to what he was seeking, and when that didn't happen, he wanted it to be known about the suppression. Or he wanted to do a little filler around the date of their deaths, .. which he'll do a big piece in Saturday's issue for the one year anniversary of the day they were discovered. He hasn't commented yet on the promotions of TPS's finest, nor any new developments in this investigation for awhile now.
     
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    Oh, just the evidence and all other information that has been gathered for the prosecution. That's all. :rolleyes:
     
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    May I say that Donovan has a big stick and likes to stir things up to sell papers.
    He is the same fellow who asked women to call in for that 'very famous' trial a year or so back. Misrepresenting/muddying the waters can sell a LOT of papers, esp. on the anniversary of a dreadful crime. IMO

    This is not O/T, it shows that the authors previous behaviour can/does show his current behaviour. IMO

    Its what Donovan does. IMO
     
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