Woman’s Fitbit Data Leads Police To Charge Her Husband With Her Murder


Police arrested and charged a Connecticut man for the murder of his wife following the discovery of his fitbit data not matching his alibi.

Not adding up:

Richard Dabate, from Connecticut, was accused of murdering his wife, Connie, after she was found at their home in December 2015 dead from several gunshot wounds.

According to Dabate, an unidentified intruder broke to their house, he subdued Dabate with the experienced and precise use of pressure points, then proceeded to murder his wife.

However, investigators were able to uncover inconsistencies in the story Dabate provided and the data collected from the devices Connie and he wore on their wrists during the time of the attack

A FitBit is like a digital pedometer which keeps track of what the wearer daily activity is. Connie’s fitbit shows that she was awake and moving a full hour after Dabate stated that she had been attacked.

More holes are pocked into his story especially his account of how her morning went, as she moved farther than he said after she arrived home. A more complicated picture is painted after investigators have looked into evidence from her e-mail, text messages, and phone, as they showed a marriage in trouble and the husband having a pregnant girlfriend.

One day after Connie was murdered, Dabate cashed out her life insurance policy.

21st century evidence:

In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Craig Stedman Pennsylvania district attorney said:  “To say it is rare to use Fitbit records would be safe.” He called the device an “electronic footprint.”

Thanks to the fitbit tracker, investigators were able to recreate an accurate timeline of Connie’s day. This led them to charge Dabate with her murder in mid-April, and he will now stand trial by the end of the month.