Let me begin by forewarning my readers that this is not a festive story you’d expect to read this time of year. Nevertheless, it is something that should be covered and will be interjected with lightheartedness in an effort to deter you from regurgitating your turkey. In a shocking turn of events, Michael Brea, who’s known for his 15 minutes of fame as a one-time actor in an episode of “Ugly Betty”, was arrested in Brooklyn on Tuesday after decapitating his mother with a samurai sword.
Just days after Brea’s arrest, he released a statement made at the prison ward at Bellevue Hospital to the New York Daily News saying, “I didn’t kill her. I killed the demon inside her. It was the work of God.” Oh, not this radical excuse again. I smell an insanity plea cooking.
Here is the chilling recount according to Brea who seemed to have no problem recreating this horrific scene: He began by telling police, “I was sleeping in my bedroom. God came above my bed and reached his arm to me. I said, ‘God, is my time on earth over?’ I heard a voice say, ‘Yes Michael, today is your last day.’ I felt like Neo from The Matrix. I began hearing voices and feeling powerful,” he exclaimed. “They were asking about the difference between mom and mother. It was a sign.”
Now, here’s where things went south (not to imply things are going particularly swimmingly for Michael in the mental health department at this point). Yannick Brea, his 55-year old now slain mother, went to check on Michael and asked if he could help her in the kitchen. Great, more knives. Just what our satanic little monster needs.
The actor went on to say, “She had the voice of the 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 like this…” The actor went on to what I can only imagine was his most eerie performance as he explained in detail the deathly blows while slamming his right hand down in a violent hacking motion. He continued, “I didn’t want to kill her right away. I wanted to give her time to get right with God.”
When police arrived, it did not rattle Brea whatsoever or cause him to stop this rain of terror because as you may have guessed, he, “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. I was praising God. To you it might sound silly, but in my culture demons are very real.”
Now Michael, this doesn’t sound silly… You sound friggin’ nuts! This has to make you wonder what makes a seemingly normal individual snap like this. It seems these strange events happen all too often and irrespective of the heuristic research we have, we could not prevent this one and realistically – as sad as it may be – will not be able to prevent the next one.
I can tell you one thing for sure… after reading Micheal’s quoted text above, I’ll bet you ten to one that wasn’t the monologue he auditioned with over at ABC.
(image from Facebook)Tags: actor, Crime, God, Michael Brea, Ugle Betty