There was some speculation that the death of Babe Ruth's first wife Helen Woolford in a January 1929 house fire may have been the result of murder, with the Babe himself as a prime suspect. Circumstances are incriminating. The fire was deemed very suspicious. The couple had been estranged for three years. Babe was a big womanizer, and the marriage was strained to say the least. Divorce proceedings were under way and Helen was demanding a $100,000 settlement, money the Babe didn't have. Both Babe and Helen were Catholics and divorce was almost unheard of in those days. Three months after Helen's death, Babe remarried his second wife Claire in April 1929.
Babe Ruth, a living legend in 1929, was cleared and never charged in his wife's death.
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