Convicted West Chester killer linked to attempted abduction of Mason jogger, police say

Convicted West Chester killer linked to attempted abduction of Mason jogger, police say
Michael Strouse (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A man convicted for the brutal murder of a West Chester woman has been linked to an assault and attempted abduction of a jogger in Mason in January 2018.

Michael Strouse was charged with stalking and murdering 23-year-old Ellen “Ellie” Weik. He was sentenced to the maximum term allowable: 17 and a half years to life.

Hundreds of court documents and search warrants revealed Strouse was a deeply troubled man.

According to an incident report, on January 22, 2018, Strouse attacked a female victim who was running in the area of the Mason Early Child Care Center. Luckily, she yelled for help and was able to get away.

Strouse was identified as the suspect in the attempted abduction on May 3, 2019 by Mason police.

Newly released police documents show he stalked Weik from Feb. 1, 2017 through July 29, 2018.

Police said he used many aliases to contact her, sent her a voyeuristic video he shot of Weik in her home, all while he is pleasing himself, and found repeated searches on his computer for sexually violent pornography, some which were for “forced rape while jogging" and “teen forced porn."

A Butler County inmate claims Strouse told him he murdered another female named “Shelly” in a similar manner, and dumped her body in an unknown location near a creek, but no connection has been made there yet.

He is currently being held at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio.

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