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The Green Parrot Restaurant & Bar (true story)

 
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Sir Daniel
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PostPosted: Monday, 23 April 2012, 12:28 PM    Post subject: The Green Parrot Restaurant & Bar (true story) Reply with quote

The
Green Parrot
Restaurant & Bar






"187 at Green Parrot Restaurant and Bar"
I was six blocks away, sitting in my patrol car
"I'll be there in five", I turned my car around
It was a hot day in East Harlem, I was Third Avenue bound

I parked the car a few feet from the front door
The Restaurant was empty, except for a body on the floor
He was the owner, Max Geller, he was dead as can be
Any clues I manage to find, he won't be telling me

"Did you see what happened?" I asked a lady in red
"No, I just heard a gunshot, then I ducked my head"
Another customer said the same, so did his friend
It was looking like there was no one for me to apprehend

"Wait", a man said as he sat down in a chair
"Someone yelled Robber, Robber.. it came from over there!"
I looked where he was pointing, it was right past the stage
Right at a green and yellow parrot, sitting in his cage..

"That is the owners bird", one of the employees said
"I wonder who will take him now that Max is dead?"
I looked at the bird, he opened his eyes for a peek
It seems my only witness has feathers and a beak

So no one saw anything, yet they all heard the bird
They think he must have repeated Max's dying word
"Robber, Robber".. but there was no robber here
This case went cold by the end of the year..

Yet I returned often, if only to see again the bird
On one of those visits, something new I heard
"Sam, Sam".. I heard the bird say to a guest
"Does he know your name?", "yes," Sam confessed

"Max taught him my name, Roberts and Toms as well
Maybe he will learn yours? only time will tell.."
"My name is John", I said, "Do you know you are my only lead?
The bird looked at me for a moment, then went back to eating seed

Sam laughed, said "Don't worry, it takes him several days
To learn someones name or a new phrase
But it makes him popular with people when they are drinking.."
Something Sam just said really got me to thinking

The bird said Robber.. yet it takes him a few days to learn a new word
I wonder if it was something else that all the customers heard
"Who elses name does he know?" I asked Sam on a hunch
"And were any of those people here when Max was cooking lunch?"

"Me, and Bill and Robert... you know, now that you say
I have not seen Robert once since that fateful day...
You don't suspose that when we heard the bird exclaim
He wasn't telling us it was a robber, he was telling us a name?"

A few weeks later I found Robert Butler, no longer at large
He was brought to New York to face a 1st degree murder charge
He admitted to the crime, but he said "how can it be?
I thought I got away clean, who was it that saw me?"

"He is green and has feathers", I replied as Robert was led away
He was given a 15 year sentence later on that day
He is the only person convicted by an animal in a case most bizarre
That started one afternoon at the Green Parrot Restaurant and Bar..


2012




This is a true story, it happened in New York in 1942. Thanks to a detective who didn't let the case go cold, Robert Butler was sentenced to 15 years in Sing Sing based on evidence centered around this amazing parrot.
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PostPosted: Monday, 23 April 2012, 12:40 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Daniel what a wonderful

story/poem this is. It is unique and somewhat funny, too.
I really enjoyed it, my friend. Hope you will be sharing some more with us real soon.

~ Jan
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PostPosted: Monday, 23 April 2012, 14:55 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sir Daniel. I love this very interesting story poem. The car photograph also lends an aura of authenticity to the fascinating tale. How much of this is true?

Peggy

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PostPosted: Monday, 23 April 2012, 15:56 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Penny, the entire story is true.. it did happen, if you google "Green Parrot Restaurant and Bar + 1942" you should find clippings of it.. however, the picture is something I found on the internet because I couldn't find any pictures of the real place. I read about this story in a "true crime" book and it stuck around in my head all week (expec. since I have a green parrot myself)

HI Jan, thanks for the wonderful comment. This is the first thing I've written in 10 days so it felt good to get out the pen again.

take care

~ Daniel
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PostPosted: Monday, 23 April 2012, 16:02 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Daniel,

I'll bet it did feel good. I just can't imagine you of all people not writing
anything for 10 whole days! That is a long time for a writer like yourself,
I would think. I will have to google the story.

T/C

~ Jan Very Happy Cool Very Happy Cool

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PostPosted: Friday, 07 September 2018, 7:44 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was very much surprised and little bit of shocked also after reading this true story. In the beginning I was felt that this story is articulated and make the custom writing sign in blog user curious and to bring some traffic to his article the author might have scripted this article like this. But, I learned this true story from other sources.
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