Kerry Winter, cousin of recently murdered Jewish Canadian billionaire Barry Sherman spoke about bitterness between he and Sherman in an interview with Canadian public broadcasater CBC this week. He discussed fantasies about killing Sherman and a plot, he says, by Sherman asking him to kill his wife decades ago.
In December, Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found dead in their mansion, hanging from belts tied to a railing on their pool deck. The mysterious murder has drawn international attention, and Toronto police have opened an investigation to the double homicide the believe the couple were targets of.
Sherman is the founder of pharmaceutical company Apotex. A suspect in the murder has not yet been disclosed.
On CBC's program "The Fifth Estate," Winter said he was motivated to speak out and "hurt" Sherman's legacy - Winter and his siblings were part of a years-long lawsuit seeking a piece of the Apotex fortune.
He said that he had, in the past, spoken about fantasies of killing his cousin. "I would talk about killing Barry, and it was very graphic," Winter said in the interview. "He would come out of the parking lot of Apotex, and I'd be hiding behind a car, and I'd just decapitate him. I wanted to roll his head down the parking lot, and I'd sit there and wait for the police."
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He also claimed that Sherman had asked him to kill his wife Honey Sherman on two occasions in the 1990s.
“He said, ‘I want you to whack my wife,’" Winter alleged in the interview. “I called him and said: ‘You know, there’s no turning back, Barry, if I push the button.’ ” He said the plot was abandoned at the last minute.
CBC reported that Winter failed the lie-detector test he agreed to take on camera. CBC said that it “could find no direct evidence to support Winter’s claim that he and Barry Sherman were involved in a conspiracy to commit murder.”
Though acknowledging that some might see him as a suspect, Winter declined to take the lie-detector test while answering questions about whether he killed the Shermans.
“I probably had reasons to lash out to do the dirty deed,” he said. “I had nothing to do with it. I don’t know who did it.” Winter says on the day of the murder he went to a Cocain Anonymous meeting and then home to bed.
"I could have easily driven over to them and did the deed,” CBC reported. “I admit to that, but I didn’t, I didn’t, and that’s why I’m not nervous. This was a tragedy no matter how you slice and dice it,” he said. ”