Michael Brea, the actor who allegedly stabbed his mother to death with a Masonic sword in their Prospect Height apartment, remains in Bellevue Hospital after the Tuesday morning killing. His father was in shock, telling the Daily News, "The son I raised would never kill his mother. I don't know what happened. I don't know... It is very hard for the entire family. She was a lovely mother and had a very close relationship with Michael. She loved him dearly."
The 31-year-old allegedly through his mother Yannick Brea was possessed by the devil; neighbors said they heard him yell, "Repent, repent, sinner, sinner," and "You never accepted Jesus." A friend also said, "Michael had many money problems and couldn’t pay his bills/ I think this happened because of stress over money." The Post has details of Brea's financial issues:
Brea, 31, had small roles in "Ugly Betty" and the movie "Step Up 3D" but was not working while living at home with his mother and twin brother Marcel.
He owned a Subway franchise on Broadway in Brooklyn in 2008, but the franchise was taken away by the parent company last year over performance and management problems. Subway had placed liens for unpaid rent of almost $20,000 on the restaurant.
Brea also owed American Express more than $13,000, and New York State was after him for about $2,500 in taxes, court records show.
Neighbor Clinton Clare said Michael Brea rarely worked after losing the Subway franchise, and had no car.
"His mother was supporting him, and he had to use his father’s car to get around," said Clare, one of the first to hear Yannick Brea’s bone-chilling screams about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The Post and Daily News also have the grisly and very graphic photos of the crime scene (Post, Daily News). The crime has even captured the attention of the Taiwanese CGI outlet, Next Media Animation:
Neighbors have accused the police of not responding in a timely fashion, but police say they were waiting for ESU to arrive.