Loren Coleman's Twilight Language blog as well as Vigilant Citizen have already tackled the bizarre account of a bit actor and low-level Freemason that murdered his own mother yesterday with a Masonic ceremonial sword, but I'll try to add a bit here. But first, the incident:
"A hardworking Brooklyn mother was hacked to death early this morning allegedly by her sword-wielding, bit-actor son during a bizarre religious meltdown in which he screamed Bible passages and made obscure references to Freemasonry, police and witnesses said.
Reports are also emerging that the victim could have been saved had the police acted sooner:
"Clare said the police kept asking him if he had a key to the Brea’s apartment, and eventually left to call for backup. When ESU arrived, they knocked down the door about 2:20 a.m. and found a gruesome scene, with Yannick kneeling in the bathroom with multiple stab wounds to her head.Miss Brea also had a link to 9/11:
"Yannick Brea’s family was furious with the police response.
" 'When I heard what happened I went crazy,' said Yannick’s sister Gina Bumond, a nurse who lives in Flatbush. 'I heard police didn’t knock the door down. Are you serious? She could be alive today.' "
Filmmaker and anthropologist Richard Stanley came to similar conclusions about an Old World origin for the Haitian vodoun societies while filming his excellent documentary White Darkness there. In the special features section he gives an interview that's arguably even more interesting than the actual movie itself. Here's a choice statement Stanley makes from a transcript of the interview: