Michael L. Brea, the actor who murdered his mother with a sword, did so because he believed she’d been corrupted by a demon.
“I didn’t kill her. I killed the demon inside her,” Brea told the New York Daily News from the prison ward at Bellevue Hospital.
Yannick Brea was found hacked to death in her apartment on Tuesday. Her son was taken into custody immediately and charged with second-degree murder.
In the Bellevue interview, Michael Brea describes in chilling detail the events that led to Yannick’s death. According to Brea, God visited him as he slept last Sunday, telling him his time on earth was over. The following day, Brea says he received another sign when a man tried to put a curse on him near a Masonic temple in Harlem.
Feeling sick, Brea boarded a train back to Brooklyn, and claims strangers began speaking to him about his mother.
“I felt like Neo from ‘The Matrix.’ I began hearing voices and feeling powerful,” said Brea.
Back at his family’s apartment, Brea hugged his mother, explaining, “I knew I would never see my mother again. I gave her lots of love.”
He lit candles in his bedroom, placing a dagger and 3-foot ceremonial Freemason sword by his side and arranging three saint cards around him.
Brea claims his mother then spoke to him with “the voice of the demon.” He confronted her with the dagger and sword, asked if she believed in God, and then began to slash her, chasing Yannick from room to room.
“I didn’t want to kill her right away. I wanted to give her time to get right with God,” says Brea. He recalls ignoring the police when they arrived at the apartment, refusing to stop the carnage.
“No one could stop me. I was doing the work of God.”