Dead D.C. Socialite Had Sought Protection From Husband


WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The 91-year-old Washington socialite found dead Friday in her Georgetown home had sought protection from her 47-year-old husband, court documents indicate.

Viola Drath had obtained multiple protective orders against her husband, Albrecht Gero Muth, during their 21-year marriage, The Washington Post reported Monday.

In 2006 Drath told police Muth attacked her with a chair, sat on her and prevented her from leaving her home, D.C. Superior Court records show, but the case was dropped when Drath chose not to pursue it in court.

Authorities initially determined Drath died of natural causes in her Q Street bathroom, but an autopsy Saturday concluded she was killed, the newspaper said.

Muth told the Post via e-mail Monday he believes he is the only suspect in the homicide investigation, which has not yet led to any arrests.

“There being to them no one else who could have done it. … I take no issue, [I'm] the first one to look to, so look, and then look beyond,” Muth said in the e-mail message.

Court records indicate Drath also sought protection from Muth in 1992 and 2002.

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