In the feel-good heartwarmer of the year, last week, Ugly Betty extra, Step Up 3D bit player, and all-around cuddly snuggle bottom Michael Brea chopped off his mother’s head with a fancy sword. Brea recently spoke with the New York Daily News, clarifying, “I didn’t kill her, I killed the demon inside of her.”
I’ve heard enough. (*bangs gavel*) OBJECTION SUSTAINED.
When told his mother, Yannick Brea, 55, had died in the grisly assault early Tuesday [her body was found "badly hacked, decapitated and stabbed multiple times in another room."], Michael was unrepentant.
“So be it. It was the work of God,” he said. “I was sleeping in my bedroom. God came above my bed and reached his arm to me,” said Brea
“I said, ‘God, is my time on earth over?’ I heard a voice say, ‘Yes Michael, today is your last day.’ I asked if I could say goodbye to my family.”
The 31-year-old Brea said he told no one about the dream, but the following afternoon, he said he received another sign while at the Prince Hall Masonic Temple in Harlem, which he’d joined a week earlier. There, he said, a man approached and tried to put a curse on him.
“[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,” Brea said.
He began feeling ill and left, and while riding the train back to Brooklyn, he said, strangers began speaking to him about his mother.
“I felt like Neo from ‘The Matrix.’ I began hearing voices and feeling powerful,” Brea said. “They were asking about the difference between mom and mother. It was a sign.”
When he returned to the family’s Prospect Heights apartment, Brea hugged his mother, a God-fearing Haitian immigrant with whom relatives say he had long been very close.
“I knew I would never see my mother again,” he said. “I gave her lots of love.”
He went to his room and lit candles, placed a dagger and a 3-foot ceremonial Freemason sword by his side. Investigators said he had stolen the sword from the Masonic lodge, but Brea insisted his father had given it to him when he was a child.
“It’s a powerful sword,” he said. [Freemason pin: cursed. Freemason Sword: powerful white magic, in case you're keeping score at home]
His mother then knocked on the door and asked him to go to the kitchen and pour water from a pot in which she was cooking three chickens.
“I looked at these chickens lying dead in the pot and a voice told me it was a sacrifice. It was black magic,” he said.
BLACK magic? Why, because she was sacrificing chickens? That’s racist.
Brea left the chickens alone and went back to his room. When his mother asked why he did not do what she had asked, he said 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,” he said, bringing his right hand down in a violent hacking motion.
“I didn’t want to kill her right away. I wanted to give her time to get right with God,” he said.
By this point police had arrived outside the apartment, but Brea said he had no doubt he would be able to finish the job.
“I was slashing my mom and I heard the police knocking on the door yelling, ‘Michael, open up, Michael, open up,’ but I knew they wouldn’t open the door and stop me because the spirits were protecting me,” he said.
“I just kept cutting her. No one could stop me. I was doing the work of God,” he said. “I’m named after a saint myself – Saint Michael. He was protecting the house from the police. They weren’t allowed to enter the apartment.”
“Grand Architect of the Universe means God,” he said, referring to an expression neighbors said he shouted as he was being removed from the bloody scene. “I was praising God. To you it might sound silly, but in my culture demons are very real.”
Well sure, it’s part of his culture. We can’t judge. It’s these cultural differences that make America such a wonderful melting pot. That was my favorite part of the Matrix, by the way, the part where Neo kills his mom because she talked in a demon voice.
[related: what's up with out-of-work actors and killing people with swords?]