Parrot’s odd behavior leads police to a murder arrest

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.

Talking parrot ‘helps’ UP Police crack murder case – The Times of India.

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.

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  11 comments for “Parrot’s odd behavior leads police to a murder arrest

  1. Travis
    March 5, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    The “parent” didn’t help! :p

    • March 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      I will blame that on the spell corrector. Because I feel like it.

  2. Kathy Moyd
    March 5, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    The headline is misleading – the parrot did not talk, it merely reacted with regular parrot behavior such as screeching.

    • March 5, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Yes, it had nothing to do with him “talking”.

  3. busterggi
    March 5, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Not the first time if you believe the OTR show ‘Gangbusters’ which featured a two part episode titled “The Licivoli Gang” parts 1 (7/8/36) & 2 (7/15/36) – unfortunately the episodes don’t survive. According to them it was Licivoli’s parrot that named him to the police.

  4. Lagaya1
    March 6, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    I think the parrot murdered them, and is framing Ashutosh.

  5. Phil
    March 6, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    A parrot called “Hercule?” – “Hercule Parrot?” – I think not

  6. March 6, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    Hercule Parrot? Like as in Hercule Poirot, the detective in the Agatha Christie novels? I smell bullshit.

  7. Hercule Poirot
    March 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Hercule Parrot? You are joking – right?

    • March 6, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      It’s not unusual for people to give their pets odd or punning names, so it’s quite reasonable to think that a savvy owner might use Hercule for a parrot.

      The main point, however, is that parrots now are as good as psychics at helping solve crimes.

  8. busterggi
    March 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Parrots are better than psychics – usually they don’t say anything, they don’t make stuff up when they do talk, they don’t ask for money (or ‘love gifts’) and they don’t fake their record to make themselves look better.

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