Pazuzu Illah Algarad was an American Satanist that was responsible for the murder of a couple of men. He had disturbing habits which were described as cannibalistic acts, sexual orgies, and also behaviors similar to a sex cult.
It was reported that Algarad had mental problems because he was diagnosed with being agoraphobic, very psychotic, alcoholism, and schizophrenic. It was speculated that the self-acclaimed Satanist regularly performed satanic rituals and animal sacrifices at his house in Clemmons.
A psychiatrist who interviewed him found him mentally competent so he was put on trial for all his crimes. It was also reported that he had filed down his teeth and had poor hygiene and body odor as a result.
Here are 10 shocking facts about Pazuzu Algarad, the satanic worshipper and murderer.
1. Pazuzu Algarad early life and background
He was born to Timothy J. Lawson and Cynthia Priddy Lawson on August 12 1978 in san Francisco, California. His parents had married on December 18 1971 but after some years they divorced in Forsyth County, North California. His father went back to his native town while Cynthia and Algarad stayed in Clemmons. Cynthia married a man called Johnny L. James in Cocke County, Tennessee.
Not much is known about his early life as he was always changing stories about how and where he was raised. While he told some people that he was from Iraq, he told others his father was a high priest. Those who knew him described his childhood as a little emotional and off-kilter. Which indicates that his mental illness started when he was young. At a very tender age, he was harming animals, consuming alcohol and drugs.
2. He changed his name for religious reasons
Pazuzu Algarad was formerly known as John Algarad Lawson before he legally changed his name to Pazuzu Illah Algarad. He stated in an affidavit that he changed his name for religious reasons. Even though there was no much detail about his religion, the name ‘Pazuzu’ is the name of an Assyrian demon. After he changed his name, he wanted to ostracize himself from society. he covered his face with tattoos and filed his teeth into sharp points. He often told people that he regularly made animal sacrifices and even claimed to be able to control the weather.
3. Pazuzu Algarad had two associates
The American Satanist was not working alone, he had two accomplices who were assumed to be his fiancés. It was said that Algarad had a way of attracting women. Amber Burch and Krystal Matlock were his fiancés who frequented his home. The two ladies were later sent to jail. Burch was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tommy Dean Welch in March 2017 and was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years and eight months in prison with a maximum of 39 years and two months. Matlock was accused of helping Algarad to bury Josh Wetzler both of which were his victims. Matlock pleaded guilty on June 5 2017 and was sentenced to a minimum of three years and two months with a maximum of four years and 10 months in prison.
4. Even his mother was not left out
Algarad was accused of putting his mother, Cynthia Lawson in a chokehold at their home at 2749 Knob Hill Drive in Clemmons. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault on a female in court and was placed on 12 months’ probation. Also his girlfriend, burh was also accused of slapping and attempting to choke Algarad’s mother. She was later convicted and sentenced to 12 months of probation.
5. Skeletal remains were uncovered in the backyard of his house
The authorities issued a search warrant and the crew discovered the skeletal remains of two people buried in the backyard. It was later revealed the two people were killed in 2009. The bodies found were identified as Joshua Fredrick Wetzler and Tommy Dean Welch who both were declared missing in 2009.
6. His house was declared unfit for human habitation
County housing officials declared the home Algarad shared with his mother and girlfriend to be unfit for human habitation. The house was reported to be filled with trash, mold, and animal feces. It also contained hundreds of dead and living flies and urine that had been on the floor and wall of the house. There were also decayed animal parts and remains dried blood-like substance on the walls, and animal cages with carcasses.
The front door had markings like a picture of a skull and crossbones and the inscription ‘evil will triumph’ which could also mean the house of devil worshippers according to an Arabic language professor.
7. His mother believed he wasn’t a bad person
Algarad’s mother, Cynthia said her son’s mental illness started at a young age and she had initially gotten psychiatric help for him but unfortunately, she ran out of money and was no longer able to afford treatment for her son. She added that he wasn’t an angel but she can’t say he was a bad person or a bogeyman either.
8. Pazuzu Algarad rarely bathes or brush his teeth for a year
According to reports, the serial killer bathed no more than once a year and had not brushed his teeth for years. He claimed that personal hygiene stripped his body of its defenses in warding off infection and illness.
9. His behavior was a rebellion against Clemmons and its residents
Algarad’s behavior was said to be majorly against the town since it was well known for being a Christian community. He also drew people who felt socially excluded close to him and encouraged them to engage in debauchery. His former friend, Nate Anderson said there were certain minds that were drawn to Algarad
10. Algarad used to harbor outcasts and misfits
He said such minds are the outcasts, the misfits, people living on the edge, or people who wanted to live on the edge. So he harbored them and his home became a hub for them. Activities that were done in his house included: self-harm, drinking the blood of birds, performing rabbit sacrifices, drug abuse, and staging orgies.
How Pazuzu Algarad died
After Algarad was arrested for the murder of Joshua Fredrick Wetzler and Tommy Dean Welch, he was found dead on October 28, 2015, in his prison cell at the Central Prison in Raleigh North Carolina. He was said to have bled to death as a result of a deep cut on his left arm. Even though the instrument he used to inflict the cut was unknown, his death was ruled as a suicide.