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  • Albrecht Gero Muth has often donned a military costume and claimed to be a secret agent and Iraqi army general. Mr. Muth, 47, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Viola Herms Drath. (Mai Photo News Agency)

    German man convicted of killing socialite wife

    A German man who pretended to be a well-connected Iraqi army general has been convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of his 91-year-old socialite wife.

  • Jury gets case of slain DC socialite, journalist

    A jury in the nation's capital has begun deliberating the fate of a German man charged with killing his 91-year-old socialite wife.

  • Police interview shown in case of slain DC writer

    Jurors in the trial of a German man charged with killing his 91-year-old wife were shown bloody crime scene photographs Monday and a portion of an interview with homicide detectives in which he referred to the couple's relationship as a "marriage of convenience."

  • Albrecht Muth (Sandy Schaeffer-Hopkins/MAI)

    Email from Iraq added to record in Muth’s case

    Albrecht Muth, the Georgetown man who claims to be an Iraqi army general and says his 91-year-old wife's death was a botched assassination attempt by Iranian agents, has received a cease-and-desist letter from the Iraqi Embassy, according to court records.

  • Viola Drath, seen here in 1987, died under mysterious circumstances last year at the age of 91. (The Washington Times)

    Prosecution experts: Muth a con man, competent for murder trial

    Prosecution experts say Albrecht Muth should stand trial for killing his 91-year-old wife, concluding in court filings that the accused murderer is not insane but is a con artist delighted with his own publicity, who since being confined to a mental hospital has written a five-volume memoir and selected an actor to play him.

  • Albrecht Gero Muth has often donned a military costume and claimed to be a secret agent and Iraqi army general. Mr. Muth, 47, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Viola Herms Drath. (Mai Photo News Agency)

    Muth doctors ask for more time to evaluate him before trial

    The doctors evaluating Georgetown socialite Albrecht Muth told a D.C. Superior Court judge that they need more time and more information about the self-proclaimed "Count Albi" before they can determine whether he is competent to stand trial on charges of murdering his wife.

  • Albrecht Gero Muth has often donned a military costume and claimed to be a secret agent and Iraqi army general. Mr. Muth, 47, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Viola Herms Drath. (Mai Photo News Agency)

    Muth sent to mental hospital for further evaluation

    A D.C. Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered an additional six weeks of mental health evaluations for a Georgetown socialite to determine whether he is competent to stand trial in the murder of his wife.

  • Albrecht Gero Muth has often donned a military costume and claimed to be a secret agent and Iraqi army general. Mr. Muth, 47, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Viola Herms Drath. (Mai Photo News Agency)

    Judge orders further mental evaluation for Muth

    A D.C. Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered an additional two months of mental health treatment for Albrecht Muth, based on the recommendations of doctors tasked with determining whether he is competent to stand trial in the killing of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Drath.

  • Viola Drath (The Washington Times)

    Drath murder case exposes bizarre lifestyle of Georgetown couple

    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.

  • Albrecht Gero Muth has often donned a military costume and claimed to be a secret agent and Iraqi army general. Mr. Muth, 47, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Viola Herms Drath. (Mai Photo News Agency)

    Doctor: Muth could be faking psychosis

    A D.C. Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered further psychological testing to determine whether a man who says his 91-year-old wife's August death was the result of a "hit by the Iranian Army" is competent to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge.

  • Viola Herms Drath

    Fall listed as cause of death for journalist

    The 91-year-old journalist whose death D.C. police are now investigating as a homicide died from a head injury sustained in a fall, says her husband of two decades.

  • D.C. police rule as homicide death of former Washington Times columnist

    D.C. police say the death of a 91-year-old Georgetown woman -- a German-born journalist who wrote columns for The Washington Times -- has been ruled a homicide.

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