MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Big Brother was watching — in this case from inside a man’s chest.
Police were able to nail an Ohio man for arson by using data from his pacemaker to determine that his story about how his house burned down was bogus.
When Ross Compton 59, called 911 to report the fire in September, which caused $400,000 in damage to his home, he claimed he had enough time to pack up some of his belongings and toss them to safety through a window he broke with his cane.
But he also mentioned he had an artificial heart, which raised eyebrows.
Investigators got a subpoena to review the data from Compton’s pacemaker which revealed no sign of strenuous activity at the time her said he was racing to save his things.
According to court documents seen by the Journal-News, a cardiologist who reviewed the data determined “it is highly improbable Mr. Compton would have been able to collect, pack and remove the number of items from the house, exit his bedroom window and carry numerous large and heavy items to the front of his residence during the short period of time he has indicated due to his medical conditions.”
Police later found evidence of gasoline on Compton’s shoes and clothes and fire marshals determined that it had started in multiple points within the house at the same time.
Compton calls the allegations “utterly insane.”
“The investigation has gone way out of control,” Compton told WLWT-TV. “I had no motive whatsoever to burn down my house.”