3rd Update: North Carolina Satanists Face Murder Charges Oct 14, 2014 15:56:48 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Oct 14, 2014 15:56:48 GMT -5
North Carolina Satanists Charged with Murder
SALISBURY, N.C. – Two skeletons were dug up from the backyard of Pazuzu Illah Algarad, a tattooed, self-described Satanist who was born John Lawson, and Amber Nicole Burch, his alleged wife (both pictured above). Algarad reportedly changed his name in 2002 to that of the devil in the 1973 film The Exorcist. Algarad bragged to friends about eating parts of bodies he burned and buried in his yard, but his claims were dismissed as nothing more than sick jokes.
Now, Algarad, 35, and Burch 24, have been charged with the murder of Joshua Fredrick Wetzler, 37, and Tommy Dean Welch, 36, who were found in shallow graves at the couple’s home in the village of Clemmons, North Carolina. They are being held without bond. Krystal Matlock, 28, of Winston-Salem, was also charged with accessory after the fact for allegedly helping bury one of the bodies sometime between June and August of 2009. Forsyth County District Judge Gordon Miller told the trio they could receive life in prison without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty, if convicted. They are due to appear in court October 23.
Bianca Heath said she lived with Algarad, who reportedly filed his teeth to sharp points with a Dremel tool, for a month in 2005 and he told her about the bones in his backyard. “Paz told everyone. But I never believed him. I’m sure no one else believed him either. He laughed about the skeletal remains when telling the story on why he did what he did,” she added. Heath claimed Algarad told her he picked up two prostitutes at two separate locations and killed and ate them, burning the corpses in a fire pit before burying what remained.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for additional human remains on the property.
Wetzler and Welch were killed separately in July and October of 2009, respectively, according to arrest warrants. Algared is accused of killing Wetzler, with Burch allegedly helping bury the body. Burch allegedly killed Welsh and Algarad assisted with the burial.
On Facebook, Wetzler’s family said he was a beloved father and they had devoted the last three years to finding him. “I would like to know why,” Martha Wetzler, Joshua’s mother, said. “Why? Why they killed either one of these men. We knew it had to be him,” she said of Algarad. “You know, we were pretty sure that it, everything coincided with the stories we heard. I mean, he didn’t keep it a secret.”
She added that the last time she had spoken with Joshua was shortly after Father’s Day in 2009. “He’d spent Father’s Day with his son and he, you know, was really happy and I mean, he loved that child. So we knew he wouldn’t just get up and leave. Heartbroken. We always had that little bit of hope, even though you know in your heart, but you still have that little bit of hope.”
In 2010, one year later, Algarad was charged with accessory after the fact in the death of Joseph Emmrick Chandler.
Algarad told psychiatrists he practiced a “Sumerian” religion that involved monthly ritual sacrifice of a small animal. He told interviewers he had to perform a ritual every month during what he called the “black moon” and repeatedly asked if he could leave the hospital to perform the rituals, even promising to come back after he had finished.
Forsyth County officials declared the house where Algarad and Burch lived unfit for human habitation. There was debris, mold and animal feces throughout the dwelling. On the door (pictured above) there was a sign warning law-enforcement not to enter. “No gang members allowed: anyone that dresses the same, has the same badge and call themselves the authority of the land they did not create,” below which is an image of a skull and cross bones and the words: “Evil will triumph.”
Source: WSOC News, October 13, 2014.