Waukesha killer Darrell Brooks claims his word is worth ‘a pretty penny’

The madman who murdered six people when he plowed a car into the Waukesha Christmas parade tried to extort The Post for money during a bizarre prison interview.

Just two days before he was sentenced Wednesday to six consecutive life terms in prison, Brooks hid from an iPad’s camera inside his cell at the Waukesha County Jail during a video “television visit” with The Post.

With Brooks out of the picture, the camera showed a screaming man in an adjacent cell, staring and squinting to get a look at the reporter. “No one wants to talk to you, hitman!” cried the man.

After remaining silent for 15 minutes, Brooks, 40, suddenly spoke up – in the third person – while posing as a “family friend”.

“If you want to talk to Mr. Brooks … you’re going to have to send a check to Mr. Brooks,” he declared.

A video still of Brooks' alleged vehicle driving through the 2021 Waukesha parade.
A video still of Brooks’ alleged vehicle driving through the 2021 Waukesha parade.
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“I’ll have to ask him [how much], but I’m sure it will be a pretty penny. I don’t think it’s fair to him to give free talks and he’s not compensated for it.

“All I can say is, if you want to interview, you have to pay. Have a good day. God bless you,” he said before falling silent for the rest of the 25-minute video call.

Poste does not pay for calls.

Later, Lt. Pierre Burgess of the Waukesha County Jail Department reviewed the video footage and confirmed that Brooks was alone in his cell for the duration of the call.

Firefighters and police officers clean Main Street the morning after the tragic event.
Firefighters and police officers clean Main Street the morning after the tragic event.
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Monday is the anniversary of the horrific massacre in Wisconsin, where Brooks mowed down more than 60 people with his Ford SUV.

During his October arraignment, Brooks — who represented himself — vacillated between unhinged, threatening and even apologetic. At one point, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorrow was so disturbed by his bluster that she sent him to a separate courtroom.

Brooks’ family has said that Brooks has been bipolar since he was 12 years old.

The suspect car after crashing through the crowd.
The suspect car after crashing through the crowd.
Wisconsin State Crime Lab

Prior to the bloodshed, Brooks had called for violence against officers and white people on his social media. In rap songs he made, Brooks also reportedly called himself a “terrorist” and a “killer in the city.”

After the sentencing, Brooks cried, “I want you to know that I’m not only sorry for what happened, I’m sorry that you can’t see what’s really in my heart and the remorse in my heart .”

Relatives of the four women, a man and an 8-year-old boy he killed didn’t buy Brooks’ excuses.

Brooks objects to testimony as he appears via video from an adjacent courtroom after being removed by the judge.
Brooks objects to testimony as he appears via video from an adjacent courtroom after being removed by the judge.
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“Brooks will never hold his grandson, okay. My family will never get the chance to hug my mom one last time. You murdered my mom. I’m asking the judge that you go to prison without parole,” said Marshall Sorenson, son of Virginia Sorenson, 79.

“You have the audacity to say your conscience is clear. That’s why you hear the term monster, demon,” said Chris Owen, whose mother, Leanna Owen, 71, was killed while performing with the Dancing Grannies ensemble. “I know why you did this. You did this because you weren’t in a cage … All I can ask is that you rot, and you rot slowly.”

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