A man who told police he killed his mother because he was possessed by demons and Hitler has been charged with murder.
Allen County prosecutors on Tuesday formally charged Jason A. Steiss, 34, with murder in the death of his mother, 64-year-old Joy Steiss, who was found unconscious and unresponsive at her Stanford Avenue home around 1 a.m. Oct. 24. She died a short time later; an autopsy found found she died of strangulation.
Jason Steiss was arrested at the scene, police said.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Steiss told police at the scene that “I murdered my mother.” He went on to explain that “I am a bad person kill me, I need to be put down so I don’t hurt anyone else,” the affidavit said.
He then said he was “possessed by demons, and Hitler,” the affidavit said.
In an interview with police, Steiss said he attacked his mother, bit her, hit, punched and choked her, the affidavit said. Police said Steiss “repeatedly” said in the interview that he needed to go to prison for what he did.
Police noted in the affidavit that Steiss had blood on his hands, face, arms and clothing.
According to the affidavit, Steiss called his father just before 1 a.m. Wednesday and said, “I hurt my Mom hurt her real bad, blood all over please help.” His father then called 911.
WANE 15 has learned from multiple sources that Steiss had been battling mental illness for years. A close friend said he suffered from depression and bipolar disorder. That friend also said Steiss complained of voices in his head, suffered from seizures and had a temper.