The NY Daily News ran a wider story in the Friday edition of the paper in which the Ugly Betty bit actor confessed and described his role in the murder of his mother earlier in the week.
Of the event, Brea is reported as saying he had descended into a world filled with Masonic symbolism and black magic, that began Sunday (11/21). While asleep, he says, God came to him over his bed and reached an arm into him saying “…today is your last day” to which Brea asked if he coudl say goodbye to his family.
It turns out that Brea, had recently petitioned a Harlem Prince Hall Masonic lodge a week earlier. In that intersection, Brea claims to of encountered a man who, Brea claims, was attempting to put a curse upon him by attempting to put an item into his [Brea’s] hand, saying “It was a Freemason pin. I wouldn’t touch it”
(As a side note, Prince Hall, like Regular Mainstream Masonry, seldom comments on events like this, as it is perceived as a negative on the Fraternity)
The experience, Brea claimed, felt like being Neo from the Matrix, and lead to some sort of episode in which the interview says Brea was hearing voices and feeling powerful.
The weapon that he used to slay his mother was stolen from the Masonic Lodge, with Brea insisting that it was a past family heirloom handed down by his father.
the day of the murder, Brea had arranged candles and votive cards about himself along with the sword. Believing his mother was conducting a black magic ritual, he says he heard her speak in a “different voice” saying “She had the voice of the demon.” when he attacked her with the sword thinking she was a demon.
The attack went from room to room and continued while police arrived at the door.
Brea saying “I didn’t want to kill her right away. I wanted to give her time to get right with God,”
“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,”
The Daily News story reports that Brea “…stood amid the carnage with the sword in one hand and a Masonic Bible in the other.”
At the end of the piece, it quoted Brea as saying
“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.”
Read the full story, and be mindful, there are some gruesome crime scene photos included.