Report: Parrot solves owner’s murder

Animals have been helping humans for thousands of years, but can a parrot solve a murder?

According to multiple media reports, the answer is yes.

The Times of India reports newspaper editor Vijay Sharma returned to his home Feb. 20 and found his wife dead. The family dog had also been killed.

Police struggled for a week to get any leads but the husband noticed his wife’s parrot, Hercule, went nuts when his nephew visited the home. The talking bird also began screeching any time someone mentioned the nephew’s name.

Sharma told police in Agra about Hercule’s strange behavior and police picked up the nephew for questioning.

The nephew admitted the crime, telling police he and an accomplice had intended to burglarize the home but he stabbed his aunt and the barking dog to death after they spotted him.

Hercule, the Times of India reports, “watched silently.”

That’s a lovely story, but is it true?

A reader in the comments points out the bird’s name and species is a little too close to famed fictional detective Hercule Poirot from Agatha Christie’s novels.

The Telegraph confirmed the story with Sharma and quotes a police supervisor as saying “We got a lot of help from the parrot to zero in on the murderer.”

But the same story has another supervisor saying the case was solved by old fashioned police work, not the bird.

“We don’t know where the parrot came into it,” said the officer.

I wonder if the parrot can say “skepticism.”

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20 comments Add your comment

AzCat

February 28th, 2014
9:24 am

Hercule? As in Hercule Poirot? Or now Hercule Parrot?

C’mon, George. I know you’ve linked the original report but this can’t be real.

George Mathis

February 28th, 2014
9:29 am

The original reporter points out the Agatha Christie connection … I will make that more obvious too. Thanks for the comment.

Businessman

February 28th, 2014
9:55 am

I’m going to need something better than this for my “Friday forward”.

George Mathis

February 28th, 2014
9:59 am

Doh! Maybe I should have written about how the Supreme Court does not allow cameras at the same time the NSA is helping other governments steal webcam video.

Businessman

February 28th, 2014
10:04 am

That’s okay, you are still the best reason to read the AJC.

George Mathis

February 28th, 2014
10:07 am

Thanks! I am going to quit reading the comments now before someone ruins the good vibe.

The Geezer

February 28th, 2014
10:40 am

I was expecting:

Aaaaaarrrrrppppp!!! The Butler did it! The Butler did it~

40Cap

February 28th, 2014
11:52 am

Sooo, they killed the dog? they were worried about a talking dog, and a talking parrot didn’t occur to them?

xxx

February 28th, 2014
11:57 am

The dog was barking, thus alerting others, the bird was silent.

Hidden Agenda

February 28th, 2014
12:31 pm

$60 million dollars for a high school football stadium ! As the Roman Empire headed on its downward spiral into oblivion, the ruling elite kept the rabble entertained with circuses to amuse them. Should we really be surprised that the same thing goes on in our declining empire.

Hidden Agenda

February 28th, 2014
12:39 pm

So George, you link to a LA Time story about LA police spying on millions of innocent people in LA, but ignore the story I spoke of yesterday about the city of Atlanta installing 12,000 cameras so the police in Atlanta can do EXACTLY THE SAME THING. I guess its only evil when other cities do it??? It was even in the AJC George…I couldn’t have made it any easier.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/12k-cameras-to-give-atlanta-police-broader-window-/nd2Sh/

George Mathis

February 28th, 2014
1:57 pm

Hidden Agenda — The story you linked to was on the homepage of AJC.com, it’s not like I was trying to hide it. I don’t generally link to our stories already on the homepage. And I think you know what I think about any citizen surveillance program.

George Mathis

February 28th, 2014
1:58 pm

I deleted the car add and the comment about the car ad. Sorry for the spam.

The Geezer

February 28th, 2014
3:13 pm

Thank you, George. I hate spam.

Incidently, my neighbor’s wife made $5543.00 last month on the computer but she had to take off her clothes to do it, She’s 83 and I told him I didn’t want to know anymore about it or see the pictures. They do have a parrot. He can’t stop talking about it and now stutters when she comes in the room now.

The Geezer

February 28th, 2014
3:15 pm

Clarification: The parrot is the one who can’t stop talking about it and now stutters when she comes in the room. It’s sad really.

Taxi Smith

February 28th, 2014
3:41 pm

Who killed Kirk Robin?

I dropped my fried twinkie

February 28th, 2014
6:34 pm

How about the illegal getting on a jury and costing Fulton County $25,000? he should be fined the $25k and deported.

joeintucker

February 28th, 2014
7:10 pm

polly wanted a cracker, got an indian, end of story…

jeffrey d

February 28th, 2014
10:07 pm

How would the parrot know the nephew’s name?

The Geezer

March 1st, 2014
10:58 am