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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Jury Found Eccentric Man Guilty of Murdering His Socialite Wife

Broken heartAn unconventional marriage ended in murder, when a husband killed his socialite wife and presented a fraudulently amended will to her family. Albrecht Muth, 49, has been found guilty of first-degree murder for beating and strangling his wife, Viola Drath, 91, in August 2011. Muth will be sentenced on March 19, and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors painted a picture of Muth as an eccentric con man that lied about his military background and political connections, and walked around his neighborhood puffing cigars, wearing an eye patch and uniform he purchased himself, and calling himself a spy. The trial also focused on Muth’s history of abusing and assaulting his wife. Muth admitted that Drath had spoken about leaving him and that Muth had been pursuing relationships with men.  Drath had left Muth out her will, but soon after Drath’s death, Muth presented a fraudulent amendment to the will that left him $200,000. However, Drath’s daughter questioned the authenticity of the will when she noticed that the signature did not look like her mother’s.

See The Associated Press, German Man Convicted of Killing Socialite Wife, News Sentinel, Jan. 17, 2014.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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