Parrot Helps Catch Owner's Murderer

It screeched whenever dead owner's nephew was near
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2014 10:37 AM CST
A parrot, not Hercules, in Varanasi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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(Newser) – The title of "man's best friend" might no longer go to dogs after this one: A parrot reportedly led detectives to its owner's murderer, the Times of India reports. Neelam Sharma, 45, was found stabbed to death along with her dog in the Indian city of Agra on Feb. 20, and police were stumped as to who could've killed her. But her pet parrot—who was "stunned into silence" after the crime, the Daily Mail reports—apparently had a clue to offer that Sharma's husband picked up on about a week later. Whenever Sharma's nephew, Ashutosh Goswami, came to the house, "the parrot that was unusually quiet suddenly started shrieking and flapping around the cage," says Vijay Sharma.

Even a mention of the nephew's name caused the bird to shriek; "this raised my suspicion and I informed the police," says Sharma. "We checked his call details and took him [into] custody," said police of Goswami, who, per the AFP, had a dog bite on his hand. Police say he admitted to the murder "and informed us that he was accompanied by an accomplice. They had entered the house with the intention of taking away cash and other valuables." According to police, he stabbed his aunt to protect his identity and killed the dog because it wouldn't stop barking; the watchful parrot was obviously unharmed. (Read more parrot stories.)

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