Parrot inherits estate
Couple who committed suicide created trust for pet bird
By Vanessa Miller, Camera Staff Writer
January 10, 2006
The Boulder County couple who committed suicide outside their mountain home Saturday — two days before the husband was to be sentenced in a child sex sting — left their estate to their parrot, Colorado Springs police said Monday.
Boulder County sheriff's officials found the bodies of the couple outside their 154 Betasso Road residence just before 5 p.m. Saturday. Paul James Stewart Scott, 54, and Patricia J. Birosik, 49, were dead at the scene from self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head, said officers, who did not identify the couple by their names.
Investigators found a suicide note inside the home addressing "some personal matters that were coming up," Sgt. Rick Brough said. Two guns were discovered near the bodies. Each appeared to have been fired once, officers said.
Birosik owned the home and was married to Scott, according to public records with the county. Scott pleaded guilty to child prostitution in a Colorado Springs court in October, said Lisa Kirkman, El Paso County chief deputy district attorney.
Scott was going to be sentenced Monday for trying to arrange sex — and his own murder — over the Internet with two teenage girls last March. Undercover detectives in Colorado Springs arrested him after he offered more than $13,000 for the girls to have sex with him and suffocate him afterward, police said.
Scott specified in the agreement that he wanted police to find his body so his wife could collect on his life insurance policy, officers said.
Prosecutors planned to ask for the maximum 24-year prison sentence, said Colorado Springs police Det. Clay Blackwell.
"And as soon as he would have finished serving the sentence, he would have been deported," Blackwell said.
Scott was born in the United Kingdom, court records show.
"We've talked to immigration," Blackwell said. "They had every intention of deporting him."
Before committing suicide, the couple set up a trust for their parrot that allowed them to leave their estate to the bird, Blackwell said.
Birosik told detectives who were executing a search warrant at the home last spring that she intended the couple's 4,458-square-foot Boulder County estate — worth more than $500,000 — to become a bird sanctuary.
"They did this to take care of their parrot beyond them being here," Blackwell said.
The couple ran a record promotion company, Musik International, out of their home, according to former employee Robert Newman. The Denver man said he worked with the couple from 1997 to 2004, and said he was saddened by the news of their deaths.
"It's kind of shocking," said Newman, 40. "But I couldn't have seen any other ending after what happened in the spring."
Newman said he was working at the couple's Boulder home in March when police knocked on the door with a search warrant.
"No one expected that from Paul," Newman said, adding that police confiscated all the home's computers that day. "He was a really quiet and nice guy."
While working with the couple, Newman said he noticed the couple's special relationship with their parrot, Greeny. They would use "baby" voices with the green bird, which would talk a lot and repeat Scott's first name, "Paul," Newman said.
"They treated it like it was their child," he said. "They thought the bird could hold conversations with them."
Newman said he thought the house would make a beautiful bird sanctuary but added that he hopes the couple left something to their current employees.
Howard Bernstein, a Boulder-based attorney, said the couple legally can leave their estate to the parrot if they've set up a trust.
"If not, I would have some concerns," Bernstein said.
Boulder County sheriff's officers said they don't suspect foul play in the couple's deaths, based on their investigation and the suicide note. Scott and Birosik probably attempted suicide earlier last week by overdosing on pills, officials said.
The Boulder County Coroner's Office wouldn't confirm the couple's names Monday, pending notification of family.