Albrecht Muth, in uniform, in an undated photo from Washington D.C.'s local NBC 4. (via Carol Joynt)Who is Albrecht Gero Muth?
The German-born Muth, 47, was arrested in Washington, D.C. Tuesday night on charges of the second degree murder last week of his wife, Viola Herms Drath, who was 91 years old, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Muth, arrested walking outside the couple's Georgetown home, was ordered held without bond at an arraignment hearing Wednesday. He had originally claimed in an email to friends last Friday that he had found Drath dead after she had fallen down the stairs, the Post reported. But police on Saturday ruled Drath's death a homicide--and Muth was reportedly their only suspect.
Among the reasons for their suspicions: Medical examiners determined that Drath had been strangled and suffered blunt force trauma; that there was no sign of forced entry into the couple's Georgetown home; and the revelation that Drath, a German-born journalist with connections to high-level diplomatic circles, had previously filed several protective orders against Muth, as had Muth's one-time male lover. Muth also reportedly wrote Drath's relatives that he was owed $150,000 upon Drath's death.
Authorities have also been investigating Muth's many bizarre biographical claims, among them that he is an Iraqi brigadier general who recently served as an advisor to Moqtada al-Sadr, the pro-Iranian Iraqi insurgent leader.
Indeed, Muth, who also used the name Sheik Ali al-Muthaba, regularly walked around Georgetown and appeared at various diplomatic functions wearing what he claimed was an Iraqi military uniform. (It turned out to be a Jordanian uniform to which he had affixed Iraqi medals, an Iraqi diplomatic source told the Envoy on condition of anonymity Wednesday.)Read More »from Murder in Georgetown: the bizarre case of Albrecht Muth and Viola Drath