Missed this one earlier but it was too interesting to pass up. Did the parrot really help? It was a clue that led investigators in the right direction.
The question of who murdered Neelam Sharma, 45, and her pet dog, had been baffling the city police for almost a week till they got a clue provided by Hercule, the parrot.
Neelam, wife of Vijay Sharma, the editor of a Hindi daily, was found murdered at her residence on February 20. Her husband noticed a change in the behaviour of the parrot whenever his nephew Ashutosh visited their house after the murder.
“During discussions too, whenever Ashutosh’s name was mentioned, the parrot would start screeching. This raised my suspicion and I informed the police,” said Sharma.
SSP Agra, Shalabh Mathur, told TOI that Ashutosh confessed to the crime on being interrogated.
So, this was an anecdote. Anecdotes and such observations can lead us to the right solution. Sometimes it does not pan out; the parrot’s behavior could have had other explanations. But in this case, it did. Coincidence? Maybe not. Birds are smart.