A parrot helps police nab a murderer


One may have seen parrot readers in India who pick cards when asked questions as they are trained by their owners sitting by the roadside as curious onlookers watch how the parrot comes out of its cage and picks a card which may have an appropriate answer to your problem. Roadside parrot and its owner may be a gimmick but a parrot named   Hercule, a namesake of Hercule Poirot, the detective in Agatha Christie’s novel, has  lived up to its name and has actually helped police nab its owner’s killer in the northern Indian city of Agra.

Police were struggling to solve the murder mystery until a key clue was provided by the dead woman’s pet parrot, Hercule, The Times of India reported on February 27, 2014.

Neelam Sharma, 45, was found murdered in her home on February 20. Her husband Vijay, editor of a Hindi daily, noticed the parrot screeching every time 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 police,” Sharma told the newspaper.

Agra police official Shalabh Mathur told the Times that Ashutosh confessed to the crime on interrogation.

He said he had entered the house with an accomplice to steal cash and valuables.

But afraid that his aunt might recognise him, he stabbed her and a pet dog when it started barking.



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