Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Body of Yannick Brea, who was slashed to death with sword allegedly by son, is taken from her Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, home.


Body of Yannick Brea, who was slashed to death with sword allegedly by son, is taken from her Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, home.
Convinced his church-going mom was possessed by Satan, a Scripture-spouting killer hacked her to death with a 3-foot sword as she knelt in their apartment, police sources said.
Deranged killer Michael Brea "told the doctors that he saw the Devil, and that the Devil was somehow in his mother," a police source told the Daily News after the gruesome slaying.
Neighbors insisted the brutal killing of Yannick Brea early Tuesday occurred as police ignored their desperate demands to kick in the dying woman's front door.
Yannick Brea, 55, was found kneeling - as if offering a final prayer - after she was butchered during her son's demented diatribe about repentance, police said.
"Sinner! Sinner!" howled Michael Brea, a bit-part actor who once appeared on "Ugly Betty," neighbors and police sources said. "You never accepted Jesus!"
The suspect, still in full "fire and brimstone" babble when carried out on a stretcher, was clutching his Bible and a Masonic ceremonial sword when cops busted into a bedroom, police sources said.
"He yelled, 'The greatest architect in the universe!' " - a term sometimes used by Masons for God - while he was being taken away, said neighbor Sydney Clare, 15. "He looked crazy."
"His poor mother must have been terrified, and the cops just stood a few feet away," said Sydney's brother, Gregory, one of several residents who vainly begged police to burst inside.
Neighbors said the cops stood outside the door for close to an hour - and even left the scene at one point - before finally entering.
They discovered the victim with multiple gashes to her head inside the blood-spattered bathroom.
Sydney, whose father owns the building, said his dad gave four cops permission to break down the front door.
"They just kept saying protocol this and protocol that," Sydney added. "Now a woman's dead who should be alive if only the police would have listened."
Brea's uncle said his nephew, 31, apparently took the ceremonial sword with him while leaving a Masons meeting late Monday night. A rattled Martial Brea said his nephew was typically a smart, quiet man.
"Something happened that made him do it," the uncle told The News. "The Devil entered him."
The swords - typically stainless steel blades with short, black grips - sell online for about $280.
Police received three 911 calls in four minutes after neighbors in the four-story Prospect Heights building heard Michael Brea's high-decibel harangue and his mother's shrieks for help.
"Her screams woke me up," said one neighbor. "Screams I'll never forget."

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