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'Ugly Betty' Actor: I 'Killed the Demon Inside' My Mom

11/26/2010 11:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Brea -- the small-time actor who once appeared on "Ugly Betty" -- has an explanation for (allegedly) killing his mother with a sword: "I didn't kill her. I killed the demon inside her."


In a frightening interview with the NY Daily News, from the prison ward at Bellevue Hospital, Brea explained how God came to him in his sleep and told him it was to be his last day on Earth.

He recalls how he left his apartment because a man was trying to put a curse on him, and while riding the train to Brooklyn, he explains, "I felt like Neo from 'The Matrix.' I began hearing voices and feeling powerful ... They were asking about the difference between mom and mother. It was a sign."

By the time Michael returned home he knew he was going to kill his mother.  When she asked him to pour water from a pot in which she was cooking chicken, Michael attacked her with a sword, believing a demon had taken hold of her soul.

Michael says, "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 ... I just kept cutting her. No one could stop me. I was doing the work of God."

Brea has been charged with 2nd degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.


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@Qi Gone,Try not to be an idiot. The Masons do not go around killing or inciting anyone to murder anyone else for any reason.If such is the case then we know for certain that they are or were not true Masons.
This guy was delusional and taking into consideration the type of connection that each and everyone of us have with our mothers regardless of how we may have been treated by them, to actually kill one's mother is horrendous in itself. It's HIS deranged mind that prompted this. He gave sanctuary to horrible thoughts in HIS head. He is responsible for the act.He is going to jail for murder.
He was on the same level as those of us whom are cruel,violent hateful and bigoted.He reached the saturation point and all he needed was a "trigger" to go over the top. That trigger isn't responsible because it wasn't the trigger that harbored unsavory thoughts or even possess the ability to do so.
A basic example would be to look at what his brother put in his own head and compare it with what our murderer put into his own. This should give you and idea what is going on with this situation.

1422 days ago


You have no idea how hurtful the things you are posting above are. My uncle is bipolar and schitzophrenic and he acted in the same manor. On July 26th 2006 I found my best friend,my grandmother murdered by my uncle (her son). He also like Michael believed that my grandma was the devil and God told him to kill her before she destroyed the world. We are a great family, very close. My grandma was a wonderful christian woman and unless you know what is like to have someone in your life who is sick please do not pass judgement. He did not ask to be sick. Please just respect the family and friends that are going thru this

1416 days ago


he must have taken something a lil to strong....

1415 days ago

A har    

this guy is one ****ed up mental ****

1415 days ago


It's funny that people are saying he's "clearly" schizophrenic. Unless you've gone to medical school and you've done a residency in psychiatry, you can't say he's "clearly" schizophrenic. Schizophrenics aren't the only mentally ill people who hear voices - so do people with bipolar disorder, major depression with psychotic features, or even simply secondary to substance abuse.

Schizophrenia has a prodrome associated with it - a period of time where the person begins experiencing an impairment in function in social, occupational, and other aspects of his/her life. They don't just hear voices one day and have schizophrenia. Also, the person must experience symptoms for greater than 6 months to even entertain an accurate diagnosis of schizophrenia.

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