By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
For two decades, Viola Drath and her husband, Albrecht Muth, lived among the relatively secluded houses on a quiet Northwest Washington street. It wasn't until police threw open the door of their Q Street home on a night in August that the eccentric — and at times abusive — life of the bizarre couple was thrust into the spotlight.
"When you saw this guy, Doctor Strangelove comes to mind," said Laura Bowling, a neighbor who lives directly across the street from Drath's home. "The sad part is, this was a fine woman, but her legacy will go into the annals of the bizarre."