What it is: An Apple Watch may hold the key to defining the time of death of a murder victim.
The Apple Watch’s best use is real-time health monitoring, but this has a side effect. An Australian women, Caroline Nilsson, has been charged with the bashing murder of Myrna Nilsson. Caroline claims that Myrna was the victim of a road rage incident where a group of teens followed Myrna home and killed her. However, one key piece of evidence against this claim is that Myrna was wearing an Apple Watch, which recorded her heart rate data.
Apparently the Apple Watch recorded data consistent with an ambush-style attack where Myrna’s heart rate jumped dramatically as if under attack, then suddenly slowed as if she lost consciousness before stopping altogether. By using this heart rate data and the time that it occurred on the Apple Watch, prosecutors believe this contradicts Caroline’s story. Since the Apple Watch continually monitors health data like heart rate, it could possibly be used as evidence to define the time of death of the victim.
As more people wear devices like the Apple Watch, expect to see criminal cases supported or contradicted by the data stored on a victim’s Apple Watch. After all, the Apple Watch simply records data so it’s a silent witness to any type of murder. The Apple Watch is best for real-time health monitoring but in criminal cases, it can be handy to provide evidence on murder victims at the same time.