At age 91, journalist and Washington, D.C. socialite Viola Drath could easily have died of natural causes, as police first assumed when they responded to a call of an unconscious person at her Georgetown home on Friday. But on Saturday an autopsy report swiftly changed the inquiry into her death to a homicide investigation that would soon zero in on her much-younger husband, 47-year-old Albrecht Gero Muth. On Tuesday, Police arrested Muth and charged him with second degree murder in her death. Muth is due in court on Wednesday afternoon. It's an odd murder case involving an unusual pair, in which an abusive husband's eagerness to appear in mourning may have given police their crucial clue.
Born in Dusseldorf Germany, Drath moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1947 "after marrying her first husband, Col. Francis S. Drath, the deputy U.S. military governor of Bavaria, for whom she worked as an interpreter," reported the Washington Times, for which Drath wrote a column. She worked as a correspondent for the German newspaper Hanselblatt, and wrote several books. "In her later years, she also dedicated much of her time to organizations that supported service members," especially those who served in Iraq, the Times reported.