Michael Brea: Demon-Fighter/Mother-Killer/Right Hand of God

All over the interwebs is a horrific, tragic, terrible story rife with occult symbology, demonic possession, ritual, and Ugly Betty. Michael Brea, an actor known for a role on the ABC show Ugly Betty, recently killed his mother with a ritual, Masonic sword. I haven't covered the story on the blog, yet, as new details seem to be coming out by the hour, but this article on the New York Daily News' website does a fantastic job of covering the high points. It's kind of long, but I would like to post it here, in its entirety.

An unhinged actor Thursday calmly described hacking his beloved mother to death with a sword because he believed a demon had taken hold of her soul.
"I didn't kill her. I killed the demon inside her," Michael Brea said in a chilling hourlong interview with the Daily News in the prison ward at Bellevue Hospital.
When told his mother, Yannick Brea, 55, had died in the grisly assault early Tuesday, Michael was unrepentant.
"So be it. It was the work of God," he said.
Speaking with white-hot intensity and unflinching confidence, Brea described a shadowy descent into a world filled with Masonic symbolism and black magic beginning late Sunday when he snapped awake.
"I was sleeping in my bedroom. God came above my bed and reached his arm to me," said Brea, wearing a light-blue prison jumpsuit and slippers. He told his tale while sitting unhandcuffed on a blue chair behind a wood table.
"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.
Felt like Neo from 'The Matrix'
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, the bit-part actor who once appeared on "Ugly Betty," 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.
Brea also arranged three saint cards around him - including one of Saint Jude holding a sword.
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.
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.
Sickening trail of blood
Brea chased his mother from room-to-room, repeatedly swinging the sword, leaving a sickening trail of blood in his wake.
"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."
Neighbors complained that the officers who initially responded failed to do enough to get inside and stop the sword-wielding maniac before his mother died.
Police officials said the officers handled the situation properly and were waiting for better equipped and trained Emergency Service Unit cops to arrive.
When they finally broke the door down, cops found a trail of bloody footprints and handprints on the walls and floors, and Yannick Brea crumpled on her knees in the bathroom.
Her son stood amid the carnage with the sword in one hand and a Masonic Bible in the other.
"I heard voices telling me how powerful I was, saying 'Oh he's good,'" Brea said.
While recounting the gruesome murder, Brea showed no remorse, and his eyes stayed locked on a reporter.
His intensity only broke for a moment when he said he was thirsty and his mouth was dry. Guards gave him a wet towelette to dab at his lips.
Brea said he is convinced he did the right thing.
"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."

Rioters, what in the world can you say about something like this? Truthfully, I am quite surprised that the bigger pagan media blog(s) haven't jumped on this story. Possibly, because they're waiting - as was I - to hear about how this ritualized killing is dealt with in the court system. Though, I would just like to start the countdown on when some pagan nutjob out there cries unfair discrimination over the judge's ruling - whatever it may be. Oh how dare he bring up this guy's religious beliefs! That's bull crap! If he had been Christian, then he would have been treated differently. blah blah blah Stop it right there, because I don't think anyone in their right mind would try and claim this as a pagan act/actor.

I'd be really interested to hear from those of you that are Masons (eh, Chris Orapello?). I'm sure this will be digging up all sorts of anti-masonic ideations by conspiracy theorists and the like. But, how do you reconcile the obvious ritualistic nature of the act with the actor's masonic background? Obviously ritual sacrifice isn't condoned by the Masonic Lodge, but...what, then, is this? Is he just deranged?

So, let me know your thoughts!

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte


  1. I saw that article in the paper. The sword pictured was NOT a Masonic Sword. This guy is utterly deranged and if nothing else, doing a very good job of going for an Insanity plea.

    This is what can happen when an actor snaps and tries to literally get away with murder.

  2. This man is tragically, dangerously insane. I don't think any Masons will side with him.

  3. Very sad, I wonder who noticed there was something completely not right about this man long before this happened. I can tell you of the children that I am sure are going to need help in the future that I have seen over time, but there is nothing to help them. Did you know that you can't call anyone under 18 a sociopath even if they are? Nothing can be done until something like this horrible act is committed and nothing will be done until mental illness is dealt with like an illness and not something one should 'just get over'. Oh I am sure there will be a few sadly not right people who will be on his side, just hopefully that will change nothing about the fact that he is completely insane and not only must he be punished for his act he must get the help needed so that he actually knows what he did was wrong. - WG

  4. some people are just nuts.just completely nuts.

  5. While I am inclined to see this as a case of psychosis, I also can't help but wonder if there was some demonic involvement. The tricky thing is that Mr. Brea is just--if not more--likely to be the victim of demonic possession as his poor late mother. Irrespective of any spiritual involvement, Mr. Brea is a man, and must pay the penalty of man's law. Everyone, no matter who he is, needs to remember that the laws of God may rule the soul, but the laws of man rule actions.

    It's absolutely absurd how much the media love to set up Masons as the boogeyman. Mr. Brea's actions have absolutely no bearing in Masonic thought or ritual. Similarly, the killing itself was in no way ritualistic. It was not planned, it was not dedicated--if the article is accurate, there wasn't even a preliminary invocation. I know yellow journalism sells, but seriously? Insane != ritualistic.

    As a side note, Freemasonry is essentially a Christian derivative of Kabbalah, which is a rather demon-intensive paradigm, so if you really wanted press the point, you could maaaaaaybe call this a "Kabbalistic killing" and risk the combined wrath of all the Masons, and all the Jews, and all the Pagans.

    TL;DR, maybe it was insanity, maybe it was demons, Mr. Brea is still a disgusting matricide; this isn't Masonic at all; Freemasonry is just Kabbalah-Lite; mass media are stupid.

  6. Firelyte wrote>>But, how do you reconcile the obvious ritualistic nature of the act with the actor's masonic background? Obviously ritual sacrifice isn't condoned by the Masonic Lodge, but...what, then, is this? Is he just deranged?

    From the little that I've heard, a masonic order is typically about discretion, and secrecy in its practices. Ritualistic killing in that manner seems completely uncharacteristic if that's the case. As the others have already said this has little to do with his belief system and more to do with his apparent psychosis. Also, didn't it say he'd only joined the local order a week before?

    People who form strange ideas like the ones this man invented are easily found. To see them acted upon in such a grisly and immoral manner is rare indeed. This leads me to believe the incident is due to a dangerous mental condition than it does to some kind of religious brainwashing, or devotion.

  7. The man is nuts....clearly. What deeper issues did he have to reach to this point. People seem to forget that if a religion supported this type of "rite" then more people from that religion would be doing the same thing. There are many murderers out there, and their religion never comes into question. Lets round them all up and start to take a tally of the religions that they are.
    I can name quite a few "Christian" folk who are bent on scaring people half to death that there are demons in every corner, and we do not know if this man has suffered any spiritual abuses.....
    However, journalists will love this story, and will love the Masonic twist, because of the "romantic" side to the story (playing on people's emotions of fear of secrecy....it sells more newspapers)

  8. This guys Crrrrazy! Another hail Jesus story that someone is trying to outlet their mistakes and their confused-in-need-of-therapy-but-clearly-in-Denial-ways on Religion,Devils and other forms of Guilt. I have to agree with Samantha Whole heartily that because of the selling points of the 'Unknown' and the secret society twist of masons, this will spark curious readers. the news papers know that, we know that.

  9. Actually, they published it in one of our daily papers here on this wee island , and totally left out any sentences which appear in the article here that make him seem mentally unstable. The edited version which appeared in our local overly suspicious daily, really plays on the Masonic cult thing.
    I mean, we already have entire schools here claiming to be possessed by the devil, because people practice African based faiths nearby....and they just know how to twist the issue...where has journalism gone?

  10. I dont believe it has much to do really with any real religous belief. Schizophrenia usually hits in the early years-20s and can be quite sudden and overwhelming. This is certainly not typical behavior for a schizophrenic but the paranoia, auditory hallucinations and delusions of grandeur are pretty textbook. The fact that he attended Masonic teachings for a week probably gave form to his delusions but so did the Martrix. Any thoughts could be warped by this disease.

  11. I doubt anyone will jump in the defend someone who hacks their mother to death to with a sword.

    It sounds like he is the one possessed or otherwise influenced by (a) demon(s) or other incorporeal entity. Seriously, demonic possession is no joke. If people could be educated about this phenomena and psychic self-defense in general then tragedies like these could be prevented. But this is prevented by the strong materialism today in mainstream society.


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