Report: Ugly Betty Actor Murdered Mother with Samurai Sword
Ugly Betty actor Michael Brea is accused of killing his mother with a samurai sword while screaming passages from the Bible, CBS News and other outlets reported Tuesday. Citing police reports, TMZ says that Michael cut off the head of mother Yannick Brea, 55.
Brea, 31, is said to have gone on a religious rant, commanding his mother to “repent” before stabbing her to death in their Brooklyn, New York home.
Police told NY1 that Michael was holding a Bible when police arrived on the scene.
A neighbor, Gregory Clarke, told WPIX he overheard the melee. “I hear the brother chasing her [his mother] through the house and he’s just saying a bunch of like [Bible] passages like, ‘Repent, Repent, Repent.’”
The Haitian-American actor has appeared on Ugly Betty as well as Step-Up 3-D. Following the police’s grisly discovery, he was arrested and taken to Kings County Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
“I would say he was a down-to-earth, cool. hard working person,” another neighbor told NY1 of the actor. “I couldn’t see this coming at all.”
Side note: Michael Brea appeared in the movie Step it Up 3D??? The is the movie based on Krump dancing. It is a demonic form of dance in which Krumpers claim is a way to salavation by the “holy spirit” taking over their body while they are krumping. DUMB.
Sword-swinging ‘Ugly Betty’ actor Michael Brea slays mother for being ‘sinner,’ police sources say
BY MATTHEW LYSIAK, ALISON GENDAR AND LARRY MCSHANE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Convinced his church-going mom was possessed by Satan, a Scripture-spouting killer hacked her to death with a 3-foot sword as she knelt in their apartment, police sources said.
Deranged killer Michael Brea “told the doctors that he saw the Devil, and that the Devil was somehow in his mother,” a police source told the Daily News after the gruesome slaying.
Neighbors insisted the brutal killing of Yannick Brea early Tuesday occurred as police ignored their desperate demands to kick in the dying woman’s front door.
Yannick Brea, 55, was found kneeling – as if offering a final prayer – after she was butchered during her son’s demented diatribe about repentance, police said.
“Sinner! Sinner!” howled Michael Brea, a bit-part actor who once appeared on “Ugly Betty,” neighbors and police sources said. “You never accepted Jesus!”
The suspect, still in full “fire and brimstone” babble when carried out on a stretcher, was clutching his Bible and a Masonic ceremonial sword when cops busted into a bedroom, police sources said.
“He yelled, ‘The greatest architect in the universe!’ ” – a term sometimes used by Masons for God – while he was being taken away, said neighbor Sydney Clare, 15. “He looked crazy.”
“His poor mother must have been terrified, and the cops just stood a few feet away,” said Sydney’s brother, Gregory, one of several residents who vainly begged police to burst inside.
Neighbors said the cops stood outside the door for close to an hour – and even left the scene at one point – before finally entering.
They discovered the victim with multiple gashes to her head inside the blood-spattered bathroom.
Sydney, whose father owns the building, said his dad gave four cops permission to break down the front door.
“They just kept saying protocol this and protocol that,” Sydney added. “Now a woman’s dead who should be alive if only the police would have listened.”
Brea’s uncle said his nephew, 31, apparently took the ceremonial sword with him while leaving a Masons meeting late Monday night. A rattled Martial Brea said his nephew was typically a smart, quiet man.
“Something happened that made him do it,” the uncle told The News. “The Devil entered him.”
The swords – typically stainless steel blades with short, black grips – sell online for about $280.
Police received three 911 calls in four minutes after neighbors in the four-story Prospect Heights building heard Michael Brea’s high-decibel harangue and his mother’s shrieks for help.
“Her screams woke me up,” said one neighbor. “Screams I’ll never forget.”
Ugly Betty Actor: I “Killed the Demon” Inside My Mom
Days after Michael Brea was arrested for decapitating his mother with a samurai sword Tuesday, the one-time Ugly Betty actor has opened up about how the chilling murder unfolded.
“I didn’t kill her. I killed the demon inside her,” Michael, 31, told the New York Daily News from the prison ward at Bellevue Hospital. “It was the work of God.”
Before slaying his 55-year-old mother, Yannick Brea, Michael claims he had several visions that left him no other choice.
“I was sleeping in my bedroom. God came above my bed and reached his arm to me,” he remembered. “I said, ‘God, is my time on earth over?’ I heard a voice say, ‘Yes Michael, today is your last day.’”
Keeping the dream to himself, Michael says he was given another sign when a man put a curse on him at the Prince Hall Masonic Temple in Harlem, which he’d joined a week earlier.
“[He] kept trying to put something in my hand but wouldn’t show it to me. I kept opening my hand. It was a Freemason pin. I wouldn’t touch it,” he said.
While riding the subway train to Brooklyn, Michael said strangers began approaching him to speak about his mother.
“I felt like Neo from The Matrix. I began hearing voices and feeling powerful,” Michael said. “They were asking about the difference between mom and mother. It was a sign.”
When he arrived at the family’s Prospect Heights apartment, Michael recalled hugging Yannick because “I knew I would never see her again.”
Michael then entered his bedroom and lit candles before placing a dagger and a 3-foot ceremonial Freemason sword by his side (investigators believe he stole the sword from the Masonic lodge, which Michael denies).
Shortly after, Yannick knocked on Michael’s door and asked her son for help in the kitchen.
“I looked at these chickens lying dead in the pot and a voice told me it was a sacrifice. It was black magic,” Michael said. He left the uncooked chickens in the pot and retreated back to his bedroom.
When his mother asked why he wasn’t doing what she asked, Michael claims she spoke with a different voice.
“She had the voice of the demon. I opened the door with the dagger at my side and the sword,” he said. “I asked, ‘Do you believe in God?’ She said, ‘No, Michael no,’ and began screaming. I began slashing her like this,” the actor explained while slamming his right hand down in a violent hacking motion.
He then chased his mother from room to room, leaving a trail of blood throughout the house.
“I didn’t want to kill her right away,” he explained. “I wanted to give her time to get right with God.”
Not too long after, police had arrived outside the family’s apartment, but Michael “knew they wouldn’t open the door and stop me because the spirits were protecting me. I just kept cutting her. No one could stop me. I was doing the work of God.”
By the time police made it inside, they found a bloody trail of footprints and handprints on the walls and floors; Yannick was on her knees in the bathroom while Michael stood with the sword in one hand and Masonic Bible in the other.
“I heard voices telling me how powerful I was, saying ‘Oh he’s good,’” Michael said, adding that he feels no remorse for murdering his mother. “I was praising God. To you it might sound silly, but in my culture demons are very real.”