August 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Alleged gay ‘wife beater’ arrested in Georgetown murder

D.C. police on Tuesday charged a 47-year old gay man with second-degree murder for the Aug. 12 death of his 91-year-old wife, whose marriage he describes as a relationship of  “convenience,” according to the Washington Post.

Albrecht Gero Muth, who was married to Viola Drath for 21 years, said in a series of emails that he’s attempting to convince D.C. police homicide detectives that he isn’t the person who killed his wife, the Post reported on Tuesday.

D.C. police said Drath, a popular Georgetown socialite, was found dead in the bedroom of her home on the 3200 block of Q Street, N.W.  The city’s medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, saying there were no signs of a forced entry into the house. The medical examiner didn’t disclose the specific type of injury that caused her death.

The Post reports that D.C. Superior Court records show that Drath obtained several protective orders against Muth during the time of their marriage on grounds that he physically abused and threatened her. One such order in 2006, when she was 86 and Muth was 42, says Drath told police her husband attacked her with a chair, sat on her, and held her captive in her home.

Following a fight with his wife in 2002, Muth moved into the home of Donald Davis, with whom he was having a romantic relationship, the Post reported. Davis confirmed that he and Muth were romantically involved for several years until Muth began to threaten Davis, the Post reported. According to the Post, Davis obtained a protective order against Muth in 2004 after Muth threatened to have Davis killed. A short time later, Muth moved back into Drath’s house in Georgetown.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

  • So what’s the point, Lou? That Muth was allegedly gay? So what difference does that make? Again, your point is?

  • I am sort of with Laurelboy2 on this. Details about Muth are emerging that paint him more as a grifter than a “gay wife beater.” Do we truly know what his orientation is? Could he have used Davis in a similar manner as he was using Viola Drath as it is alleged? It is very possible he was “gay for pay” which is a heck of a lot different than being openly gay, or someone living discreetly. I am disappointed the Blade has not tried to enlighten its readers on this rather than rehash that he was allegedly gay.

  • Once upon a time, long . . . LONG ago when the Blade really was a newspaper, it prided itself on and was widely recognized for having reporters who actually did the research necessary to answer the questions raised here by commenter Angela Channing . . . but as I said, that was long, long ago.

  • You left out of the most interesting details–that Muth pretended to be an Iraqi Army general and frequently was seen in DC wearing a fake Iraqi Army uniform! This man is CRAZY!

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