Michigan resident Glenna Duram, 49, was convicted of murdering her husband Martin. Martin Duram was found dead in his home in May of 2015, he had been shot five times, including once in the head. His wife, Glenna, was also found in the home with an apparent head wound.
A wife killing her husband, or vice versa, in not unheard of it, in fact it is unfortunately a fairly common occurrence. The motives usually revolve around a spurned lover, money, custody of children, or revenge. In this case, the motive is not in the least bit important, it is the key piece of evidence.
Martin had a pet African gray parrot named, Bud. Parrots are exceedingly smart, and pet owners have been known to teach their birds any number of things to say. They will virtually repeat anything. After his death, Martin's ex-wife Christina Keller took over ownership of Bud. It was then that she started hearing the parrot repeat some disturbing phrases.
Bud began mimicking an argument that seemed to be between two people, which included the line, "don't f*****g shoot!" The parrot broke the case open. The police had originally been treating Glenna as a victim of crime, but once the parrot dropped the bombshell, she quickly became a suspect.
It is believed that Bud witnessed the entire argument including the shooting.
“I’m hearing two people in an intense argument,” Keller said. “Two people that I know, voices that I recognize.”
In the wild, African gray parrots are known to mimic the calls and voices of other species, and parrots are known to be able to hit lower registered tones than other birds which gives them the ability to mimic humans.
The story seems like something out a novel, but as in most other aspects of life, truth is often far stranger than fiction.