Haitian-American actor kills mother: “I didn’t kill her. I killed the demon inside her”


An actor has described how he hacked his mother to death with a samurai sword because he believed a demon had taken hold of her soul.

Michael Brea, who had bit-part roles in Ugly Betty and film Step Up 3D, has described seeing visions and said his mother Yannick Brea spoke to him with the voice of a demon when he launched his attack.

The 31-year-old gave an hour-long interview to the New York Daily News from the prison ward at Bellevue Hospital and said he believed he had done the right thing.

‘I felt like Neo from “The Matrix”. I began hearing voices and feeling powerful,’ he said.

‘They were asking about the difference between mom and mother. It was a sign.’

After returning from the Prince Hall Masonic Temple in Harlem, which he joined a week before the attack, Brea said he hugged his 55-year-old mother at the apartment they shared in Brooklyn.

‘I knew I would never see my mother again,’ he said. ‘I gave her lots of love.’


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  1. Smallville
    November 30, 2010

    Aren’t there other ways? like exorcising the demon out of the body? plz. ppl making excuses and saying oh u don’t know the padna 1 bad thing undoing all the good he ever do. just like the girl here that kill her kids here, always make excuses for them kinda ppl there. the devil is at work.

  2. Lizavier4Jesus
    November 29, 2010

    I just hate it, when people do evil work and they say that God told them to do so. “Jesus said, If you do good only to those who do good to you, what is your benefit; even the sinners do that. And so, He commanded us to do good to everyone, even our enemies, and God Almighty will reward us”. Luke 6: 27-36

    I understand that there are many demonic possessed people in this world today, just as in the days when Jesus was on earth. But Jesus healed those demon possessed people as soon He noticed them, that they might come to experience Life, His state of Love in their souls. For Jesus knew that those people were not functioning on their own will, but they were controlled by Satan, the same way a person can function by the teachings and guidance of God’s Holy Spirit in him/her.

    Remember that Jesus knew that Satan would take control of Peter’s mind, His own disciples, but He told Peter that He had protected him from that control. Later on fear–Satan’s messenger– of being killed by the Roman guards, caused Peter to deny that he had ever known Jesus; but Jesus reclaimed Him after His resurrection. Luke 22 and John 21

    So why would God, command a human being to kill or destroy another human being, who was demon possessed today. If there is a time when God wants us to demonstrate the power of His Love in us and through us, it is today. As Christians, we are waiting for the return of Jesus Christ, that He might claim those of us whom God Almighty has chosen for Himself. We have to be people of the Light, to give Light to the world. God wants a people who will give Him “the Glory, the Exaltation”; “not the defamation, not the belittlement”.

    The command to brutally kill or murder another person today, regardless of who they appear to be is not a command of God. For no one would exalt His nature of Love in that gruesome conduct. Also, in Jesus Christ, God had made provision for us to forgive others, or to intercede to Him by faith, on behalf of those we notice, who may be suffering from the weakness of the flesh, and ignorance of the mind. Through our call for by faith, God can heal those people.

    Yes, God destroyed wicked and sinful people through His human Kings and rulers of the past, because of His Holiness, the nature of His, which cannot tolerate sinfulness and corruption. But in Jesus Christ, today, the wrath of God’s Holiness has been satisfied, so that we, who believe in Him, are protected of the intollerance of God’s Holiness; for God’s Love, in His Person, Jesus Christ is consists of abundant mercy and compassion.

    If that man knew the Love of God in him–the Life that is of joy, peace, goodness, kindness, patience, endurance, humility, and self-control, he would desire the same state of Life for the mother he claimed to love; and he would know that killing her would not be the answer in helping her receive that Life. By his faith and calling to God Almighty, speaking his hope to God on behalf of his mother, she would be delivered from her demonic plagued mind–that is, if that was true about her.

    The basic part of Life in Jesus Christ, is the hope we maintain in our hearts by faith, for His Grace–the blessing of Love; God never disappoints our hope in Him, otherwise He would defame His own glory. “Without faith it is impossible to please God; and faith is the substance of things hope for.” “Faith brings Life and Hope presses on to the fullness of Life, but Love is Life.”

    This man’s revelation of his lack of wisdom and understanding of God’s Love and Holiness, is that he said: “he did not kill his mother, he killed the demon in her”. This man does not know that demons are spirit, which people cannot kill, beause a spirit does not have a physical body; the reason they inhabit a physical body, human or beast, to do their work. That is also the reason we must believe, that God Almighty, Eternal Sprit, Christ, is the Person of Love in Jesus, our Lord. But a demon spirit can be exorcised, by the power of Love, as God’s Holy Spirit goes to work in the mind of His chosen servant. Jesus exorcised a legion of demon spirits from a man sending them into a herd of swine; but those animals immediately went into a lake of water and were drowned.

    Now that this man’s mother is dead, she has lost the privilege of attaining the Life of Salvation for herself, for she should have attained peace with God–reconciliation with Him–before she had left this world; but her so-called loving son, has taken that privilege away from her.

    In conclusion, I do not know neither mother nor son. But I perceive one thing: They may have been both demonic possessed. If mother was living a Life of Jesus Christ, Satan in her son could do nothing to her. Satan cannot defeat God! Death, and in such a gruesome manner, has no victory in Jesus Christ! At the same time, if son was living a Life of Jesus Christ, he would know Love, which motivates us to demonstrate mercy, compassion, patience, and self-control against the conducts and attitude of people like his mother. Again, I need to say, that is if his mother was as bad as he described her. But as the saying goes: two mail crabs do not live in one hole.

    That truth appears to be the same with mother and son. They both may have been experiencing with evil in their minds; I have learned that voo doo and obeah is a common religion in Haiti. I am not passing judgment; I am simply responding based on the information in the news article above and what I have read in the past.

    The only unfortunate thing is that one of those persons has lost the privilege to become reconciled to God; and who knows whether the offender will come to realize the awful thing that he has done and to turn to God for forgiveness. We can intercede on his behalf, but he will have to decide to come to terms with God on his own.

    This action is also a message of warning for the rest of us, who remain alive, to seek God and His Life of Love in Jesus Christ, now. In the year 2010, everyone should have heard that Jesus bled, suffered, died, and was buried for the sake of mankind. His resurrection signifies that we can receive the Life of Love that continues forever and ever, by our faith in God, because of what He did on our behalf. The day that we stop breathing for good, it will be too late for us to accept this Life, if we had never done so before.

    Hello, I thought I warned you about the consistently long posts?

    • Anonymous
      July 28, 2011

      Toooooo long

  3. Possitive
    November 29, 2010

    He was part of masonic loge,so he wont go free.the devil dont play fear.i must give him something.

  4. BS
    November 29, 2010

    i think that the demon is inside of that boy. :twisted:

  5. Tainted
    November 29, 2010

    I’m pretty sure that before this horrifying incident took place and most of you who commented on this were asked about Michael Brea you would have no idea if it were a man/woman. or if his mother’s name came up in a conversation you would’nt know who she was!!! Why are we always so quick to judge people based on their mistakes? A person may do a thousand things right, but that one mistake overshadows every good he/she has done.
    The bible says in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also(2Timothy3)
    What are we doing as christians to ensure that this type of crimes don’t happen? Are we too self absorbed that everything is (ME,ME,ME, MY,MYMY). WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? Christianity is not just going to church and reading the bible on occasians and dressing up!! Let’s all work as a team so one day we can say yes this young man this young lady truely lives a good christian life. I’m tired of everyone blaming society, we need to come together and work for the goodness of the LORD. “Unless the POWER of LOVE overcomes the LOVE of POWER the world will truely know PEACE.”

    • Lizavier4Jesus
      November 29, 2010

      I always read the comments before I post mine, that is, if I planned to post one. And as I was reading those comments, your oberservation came to my mind. And I was going to write it in my personal comments; but you said it for me. What came to my mind about this man, was that I did not know a thing about; I had never even read his name somewhere, and in a way I felt glad about that. I will put the rest on my personal comment.

  6. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    November 28, 2010

    I heard of this sad news among others on CNN/HLN. Life is indeed strange or rather some people can be strange. From day to day, we never know what will happen to people, how they will act or react and what they will resort to.
    I have not yet heard the full story of what type of a mother she was and what type of a son he is. I do think that this young man is the one who has the demon. Taking illegal drugs could contribute to this. It is shocking that he would do such a thing to his mother. The devil possesses his soul.
    Young and younger ones, take a lesson from this. How often we exult those celebrities. If we only knew what type of lives they live, we would not bother to exult them or even purchase their tapes and records or waste our God-given previous allotted time to view those programs and movies.
    Today, those of us who are older and wiser know better, due to our experience and what we have heard and read about.

    • d lahjahbless
      November 29, 2010

      why u n ‘mark hunter’ trying to twist the story n making silly medical excuses nah,,,,according to the daily news paper,,,,the mom was a god-fearing christian,,,,even he said he loved his mom more than anything else in the world,,,,but it seems his dad was a member of the lodge,,,,he joined about a week b4 the incident,,,apparantly he wanted to leave or was not comfortable,,,,i not casting blame or who or what but we not foolish

      • WARRIOR
        November 29, 2010

        that makes alot of sense

    • Gary
      November 29, 2010

      To Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity, it is very sad sometimes at the things you say. Why is it you have said that you have not read the story and do not know the mother. Then why are you making those silly assumptions of yours.Didn’t you have the story right at your convenience to read before making your comment,
      There was DNO edited version and there was the more detailed story as reported by “News online” . I will tell you why you made these comments it is because of your preconceived beliefs you have.

      • Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
        November 29, 2010

        I primarily heard the story on CNN/HLN. It appears that you did not comprehend what I stated. Read it again and patiently.
        It is now stated “on CNN” that the man is in a mental institution and is being tested for a mental condition. It was also stated that he had a previous mental condition.
        One has to be in a certain condition and under the influence… to murder his mother.
        I urge you to also listen to the American TV channels if you have access to same.
        So far nothing is stated about his mother other than he murdered her. It is so sad.
        In bygone years, when we were in early adulthood we loved those actors as Elvis Presley and others. We would do our utmost to view their movies.
        Today, with television and exposure of their lifestyle, it is shocking to us that those actors whom we loved and exulted lived such immoral lifestyles, as drug addiction, etc., which I need not elaborate on – put on your thinking cap. Nevertheless, I still have a love for Elvis Presley’s songs and certain other artists. This does not mean that I hate them but just stating a point.
        I will hear more about this case on CNN/HLN. Tune in to these TV Stations especially HLN which is a sister channel of CNN. HLN reports all such incidents.

  7. Mark Hunter
    November 28, 2010

    Schizophrenia – We now know this condition is actually a progressive destruction of nearly all the cortex beginning near the occipital lobe and moving forward to the frontal in a short period of time – A process that takes only a couple yea…rs! Very frightening!

    Once the brain whithers in this manner, the patient suffers all sorts of troubles!

    November 28, 2010

    3Boss you are sooooooooooo sick. Why didn’t try to help her? you seems to be the one with the demons, not her
    Get Jesus in your life,and you willl be better off. Trust me

  9. hope
    November 28, 2010

    one more reason for me to become more aggressive in my spreading of the glorious news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the ONLY true God. Yes i have work to do … many lost souls to tell. May God have mercy on us all.

    • Lizavier4Jesus
      November 29, 2010

      I am looking forward to see your respond on articles like Alive Word for example, or any opportunity that calls for talking about God’s Love and the Good News of Jesus Christ, throughout your post on DNO. This is a good site for you to start. Some people will express hostility against you, but is what must happen because of your Love for God, in Jesus Christ. Ignore the hostility or defend it whenever you can; God will teach you how to do so.

      You are definitely right! We are living in a world of too many lost souls, because those of us who have received the Gospel of Jesus Christ, will not pass it on. We do not allow God to do His work through us, because we are afraid of rejection, focusing more on receiving exaltation and fame for ourselves. I am with you; let us do our work, for the glory of God, and not for the praise of man. You got a thumbs up from me.

  10. d lahjahbless
    November 28, 2010

    allu thought vampire in brooklyn was a joke lol!!!!! lets get it right once n for all,,,,,where dat have more soucouyant in d/ca,,,,is it g/bay,,,possie,,,,wesley,,,la plaine,,,mahaut,,,,pointemichel ,,,, capuchin,,,salisbury,,, soufriere or scott’s head,,,,i want to know cuz on a previous article some one say is g/bay dat have the most soucouyant,,,,i refute dat claim

    • mouth of the south
      November 29, 2010

      dat funny lol,,,,i not from any of the communities u mention,,,,but i will answer from what my parents n grand parents tell us,,,,,,g/bay have the most bcuz of population size but scott’s head have the most dangerous one’s lol,,,,,lapwet next in line,,,,,if i see a soucouyant flying on a broom i shooting dem down lol,,,,capuchin have soucouyant lol,,,,guada they going man

  11. Oh My!
    November 28, 2010

    Mister said, he killed the demons in her not her;;; well well well, I think he was the one possessed.

  12. God's anointed
    November 28, 2010

    u can’t play wit teh devil and expect to go free, everythinthere is a payment for it, this man join the masonic lodge and to confirm ur self as a member u hv to sacrifice some relative so his mom is the one the devil gave him to kill, tht devil loves no one but hisself, realise this man has no remorse well the devilis now his master the onlyhelp he can get now is from God thru one of his man servant on earth some pastor. well well this man has a lot to get from satan

  13. yout..
    November 28, 2010

    that man is nothing more than just plain and simple the DEVIL.. :twisted:

  14. Typical Dominican
    November 28, 2010

    But padna u serious man? :?: mhhhmm and he say is d work of God he was doing wi.God will ever appreciate u murderin ur moda like da/??.Nope i dont think so :?: :?:
    Sayin ur moda possessed.. i more believe is u dat was possessed by demons.
    And u sayin u didnt kill her/ u kill d demon inside her not same thing i comin to??
    If she have a demon bring her to a pastor to be prayed for, isnt dat was everyone does? If u had to kill everyone with a demon hmm eebbeh da will be sin wi 8-O :(

  15. Anonymous
    November 28, 2010

    8) :( :-|

  16. Anonymous
    November 28, 2010

    He need Jesus!!!

    • hope
      November 28, 2010

      amen to that

  17. MangoSweet
    November 28, 2010

    The timing of Michael’s initiation into that society, and the commiting of this gruesome act is uncanny… COINCIDENCE some may wish to say? The jury is still out if you ask me.

  18. JJJJJJ
    November 28, 2010


  19. blank american
    November 28, 2010

    mr poses i will never kill my mother :evil:

  20. insider
    November 28, 2010

    What is this world coming into??? This s.. is crazy mehn!

  21. mystery
    November 28, 2010

    those haitians dresses up in black and they killing chickens in Bklyn , i just don’t know whats wrong with these ppl .not saying he is right to kill his mother ,so maybe demon in his head ,

  22. Smart
    November 28, 2010


    November 28, 2010

    This is sick…. Masonic bible, sword and dagger yet you were doing God’s work? He is just plain evil or Psychotic. I do not think money problems can lead to someone hearing demonic voices. TOO MUCH EVIL IN THE WORLD TODAY….. AND THEY ALWAYS TRYING TO JUSTIFY WHY THEY TAKE ANOTHER LIFE

  24. stupesist
    November 28, 2010

    google: Illuminati mind control, project mk-ultra, poor Haiti white colonialists refuse to let them be!

  25. redlight district baby
    November 28, 2010

    boy in n.y dat is big news,,,,my boy claim he was in the masonic lodge,,,a man tried to hand him something without seeing it,,,n he refused to hold it,,,he left the lodge a while after,,,on the train he started hearing voices,,,when he arrived home he kissed his mom,,,,,after a while she ask him to check the food on the stove,,,,he refused to do so,,,,when she realised that she came to his room n ask why didn’t he do as told,,,,,,,that’s when he heard her speak in demonic voices,,,,then asked her if she believe in God then grabbed his masonic sword n attacked her continuosly,,,,,,the daily newspaper had an interview n mr well bold,,,no remorse at all,,,,well i think mr going free,,,,,claim temporary insanity,,,,,,all i saying allu cannot go in man ting n want to walk out just like that,,,,i do have more saying on dat

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