Parrot Witnessed Owner’s Murder? Listen To What It’s Saying

In what is considered as a bewildering development in a murder case, the victim’s parrot has been recorded to repeat the words it heard before the trigger was pulled.


The victim, Martin Duram, was fatally shot in May last year in his home in Sand Lake. His wife, who sustained a gunshot wound to the head, is being considered as a suspect. The case is being treated as a murder suicide.

In a video that was taken weeks after the shooting, the African grey parrot, Bud, can be heard saying, “Don’t f—ing shoot.” The words, the family believes, were what Martin said before he was killed. While the parents believe that the bird is a witness to the crime, they said that it is frustrating that no one has been charged in the murder case, as reported by

“That bird picks up everything and anything, and it’s got the filthiest mouth around,” Lillian Duram, Martin’s mother, said. About the video, the parents said that the bird mimicked both Martin and his wife. The bird can be heard changing voices as if the couple had been arguing.

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According to Doreen Plotkowski, the owner of Casa la Parrot in Grand Rapids, African grey parrots can mimic both male and female voices. “It’s definitely an argument between a man and a woman. In my mind, it’s something that he’s heard, definitely heard before.”

The wife, identified as a suspect in the murder suicide, is suggested to have shot Martin five times and then pulled the gun, which belonged to the family, onto herself. According to the police, the wife left three suicide notes.

However, she has denied any involvement in the murder following her recovery. She also said that she remembered nothing until she was in the hospital, as reported by ABC7NY.

A decision on whether the charges will be filed or not will be made in two to three weeks, the prosecutor said.

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