Husband Arrested in Bubble Bath Plot

ByABC News via logo
May 5, 2004, 8:21 AM

H E N D E R S O N, Texas, May 5 -- A husband's intimate welcome home for his wife after her tough day at the office was in reality a coldly calculated plot to kill her, the woman now claims.

Teresa Wolfe says her husband, William Joseph Wolfe, greeted her at the door of their home two months ago with a romantic card that read, "I just hope that you know that each moment we can spend together means so much to me "

She says he then followed up the seemingly loving gesture by leading her into a prepared bubble bath complete with candles and romantic music.

As she relaxed in the bath, listening to soft music from a radio her husband apparently set up near the bath, she suddenly realized the radio, which was plugged into a electrical socket in her bedroom, was slipping into her bath.

"I caught and tossed it out real quick," Wolfe told ABCNEWS. "I sat there for a minute and it didn't seem right to me."

Wolfe claims her husband began to act suspiciously after the incident and says she couldn't shake the feeling something wasn't right.

After doing some investigating on her own, Wolfe says she discovered he had taken out a quarter-million-dollar life insurance policy on her. She says she also found a receipt for a dozen roses that she never received.

Then, when she tried to trace his Internet use, she alleges she discovered he had visited Web sites that offer information on the subject of electrocution.

After Wolfe contacted police, they eventually subpoenaed the computer.

"We found that he had visited Web sites that detail electrocution in bathtubs and various methods of electrocution in water prior to this report being filed," saysRandy Freeman, chief of police in Henderson.

According to an affidavit presented in the case, William Wolfe, 34, took out a life insurance policy on his wife months ago. Police said the policy was for a "considerable amount of money."

When Teresa Wolfe contacted police, she said her husband had moved the radio from its usual place in the bathroom to a bench near the bathtub the night he apparently arranged the bath.