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This Woman's Fitbit Revealed the Truth About Her Murder

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author image Hillary Eaton
Hillary Eaton is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in VICE, Refinery29, LA Weekly and Complex. She loves writing about food, entertainment, travel and style.
This Woman's Fitbit Revealed the Truth About Her Murder
Fitbit data helped bring Connie Dabate’s murderer to justice. Photo Credit: Ridofranz/iStock/Getty Images

We know that Fitbits can track your workout stats and help you personalize your fitness routine, but the latest use of a Fitbit to make headlines is entirely unexpected. The device was recently the key to solving the 2015 murder of 39-year-old Connie Dabate.

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According to People magazine, the Connecticut police have finally found justice for the mother of two using evidence collected from the Fitbit she was wearing at the time of her death. Using data from the exercise tracker, police were able to ascertain Connie’s movements leading up to the murder and discovered that she was, in fact, tragically killed by her husband, Richard Dabate.

Using the Fitbit data, police were able to poke holes in Richard’s elaborate story of an intruder, dressed completely in camouflage, who he claimed broke into their home to torture him with a blowtorch before shooting his wife in the basement and subsequently fleeing.

While Richard claimed that Connie didn’t return from the gym until after 10 a.m., People explains that her Fitbit registered movement within the house from 9:23 a.m. until the time she was murdered. She also posted to her Facebook during this time.

The collected data also refuted Richard’s claims that he had yelled at his wife to run when he heard her returning to the house, causing her to flee to the basement. The total distance from her car to the basement was no more than 125 feet, whereas her fitness tracker recorded movement of 1,217 feet between 9:23 a.m. and the time of her death.

Thanks to this new evidence, Richard was arrested earlier this month and charged with Connie’s murder. What’s more, the convict has recently come clean about an extramarital affair that lead to an unwanted pregnancy.

Maybe Richard’s conviction can provide Connie’s family with some form of closure, along with the chance to heal in the wake of their great loss.

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What Do YOU Think?

Do you think the Fitbit data was paramount to this case? Can you believe a Fitbit helped solve this crime? Let us know in the comments.

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