Michael Brea and mother Yannick Brea
*Not only has” Ugly Betty” actor Michael L. Brea confessed to brutally hacking his mother to death with a ceremonial sword, he tells the New York Daily News that he was “doing the work of God.”
As previously reported, Brea was arrested on Tuesday (Nov. 23) and charged with murder after his mother, 55-year-old Yannick Brea, was found stabbed to death at her brownstone apartment in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights.
According to police, Brea performed his fatal blows after screaming out Bible verses and a religious rant.
Neighbors reported that they heard the Haitian-American actor saying, “repent,” and another resident said he called 911 after he heard a woman yelling out for help.
In an interview from the prison ward at the Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan, Brea claims voices in his head ordered him to attack his mother with a sword after a “demon” took over her soul.
Recounting the gruesome scene, he tells the New York Daily News, “I didn’t kill her. I killed the demon inside her. So be it. It was the work of God.”
The 31-year-old claims he heard his mother speaking with a different voice when she summoned him to the kitchen to help her cook chicken.
He recalls, “I looked at these chickens lying dead in the pot and a voice told me it was a sacrifice. It was black magic… She had the voice of a demon. I opened the door with the dagger at my side and the sword.
“I asked, ‘Do you believe in God?’ She said, ‘No, Michael, no’ and began screaming. I began slashing her. I didn’t want to kill her right away. I wanted to give her time to get right with God.”
Residents said they begged police to break into the apartment and put a stop to the violence inside, but for over an hour the NYPD refused to act, even leaving the scene at one point.
Brea, who has had small roles in “Ugly Betty” and “Step Up 3D,” told the Daily News: “I was slashing my mom and I heard the police knocking on the door… but I 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.”
When cops finally did break in, they saw Yannick Brea dead as a result of multiple gashes to her head, inflicted by a sword which is typically used in Masonic ceremonies. Witness Sydney Clare, one of the many folks to beg police to kick in the door, watched them take Brea away in handcuffs. “He yelled, ‘The greatest architect in the universe!’ He looked crazy,” she said, according to reports.
The sword was reportedly stolen by Brea from a Mason meeting earlier in the week; the greatest architect in the universe is said to be a Masonic term for God.