Alleged Georgetown murderer starves himself
Albrecht Muth, who allegedly murdered his wife Viola Drath, will not stand trial until this December. Muth has subjected himself to starvation and is in dire medical condition. Muth, who now weighs only 104 lbs., is being held at United Medical Center and is at risk of heart failure.
Muth was originally arrested in early August, 2011, shortly after Drath’s strangled and beaten body was discovered in the bathroom of the couple’s home. He first stated that his wife died after accidentally falling down the stairs, but, when it became obvious that Drath’s death was the result of a homicide, Muth changed his story. Muth blamed the real cause of his wife’s death on Iranian assassins.
Muth is an incredibly eccentric German national, known for regularly impersonating an Iraqi general, an international spy, and a European noble. During initial court proceedings, Muth chose to present himself in his Iraqi general uniform. Muth’s first psychiatric evaluation found him unable to stand trial, but, upon further examination, a judge ruled that Muth would go to court.
Since that day, Muth has eaten as little as possible, leaving prosecutors extremely frustrated with his attempt to control the course of court proceedings. “He’s trying to manipulate the court system,”Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn L. Kirschner told the Post.
Muth and Drath were married for 22 years and lived in Georgetown. Some members of the Georgetown community even took notice of the strange man walking the streets, who apparently thought he was an Iraqi general.
The two were an odd couple, and close friends attested to the strangeness that Muth’s and Drath’s marriage took on in recent years.
Muriel Bowser will run in the 2014 mayoral election
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