Husband charged in murder of 91-year-old D.C. journalist

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The eccentric, younger husband would occasionally walk around the neighborhood in the military costume, and friends of the couple said Mr. Muth’s physical abuse of Ms. Drath was well-known in Washington social circles.

Ms. Drath was a German-born journalist who moved to the United States 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.

She wrote for a variety of newspapers, including Germany’s Handelsblatt and The Washington Times, penned several books, and was known for her contributions to the German unification process and her analysis of postwar foreign policy between the United States and Germany.

The Drath family said in a statement issued after Mr. Muth’s arrest that they were thankful and appreciative of the work of detectives and other members of the Metropolitan Police Department.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our mother and grandmother, Viola Drath. Her intelligence, independence and grace remained intact to the end,” the family said in an emailed statement.

In an email Tuesday, Mr. Muth mused about the ongoing police investigation.

“No closer to any arrest. Clueless on suspects, but for the obvious, who is beginning to be ruled out. I’m assuming, or I would be arrested,” he wrote.

“They thanked me for the level of cooperation provided,” he continued. “I went through my objectives. They took note. We’re agreed, there is a killer out there.”

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