Last month, Martin and Glenna Duram were shot in their home in Ensley Township, Michigan. Martin died, while his wife sustained a shotgun wound to her head. At first, the police suspected an intruder. But they now list Glenna Duram, who has since recovered from her injuries, as a suspect after their African gray parrot named Bud started saying some very odd things. Things that make Glenna look VERY GUILTY INDEED.
Martin’s parents took a video of Bud repeating what sounds like an argument, complete with changing voices.
At one point, Bud says, “Don’t fucking shoot.”
Charles Duram [Martin’s father] said he believes Bud’s verbal outburst is a sign the bird saw the crime.
“I personally think he was there and he remembers it and he was saying it,” the victim’s father told WOOD-TV.
Police records show an unidentified person asked a detective whether Bud could be used as evidence, but there is no mention of whether the detective responded, according to ClickOnDetroit.com.
Newaygo County Prosecutor Robert Springstead told WOOD-TV that he’s aware the couple had a bird that talked, but hadn’t seen the video of Bud’s performance. He said he’ll decide whether to file charges in two or three weeks, after Michigan State Police finish their investigation.
At least one parrot aficionado said it’s entirely possible Bud is vocally recreating what he witnessed. Samuel Carr, a parrot buff in San Diego, California, said African gray parrots are very intelligent and can learn to mimic phrases quickly if there’s a reason.
“There’s a good chance [Bud] basically had a PTSD breakdown and is repeating the last thing his favorite person said,” Carr told HuffPost. “Is it provable though? That’s tough, unless it can be proved his people never used that phrase.
Glenna Duram, who authorities said left three suicide notes, denied killing her husband when detectives interviewed her after she recovered.
“I know for a fact I didn’t kill my husband,” police quoted her as saying.
So far, she has not been charged.