A self-proclaimed satanist bragging about animal sacrifices, rape and murder and claiming to have buried the bodies of his victims in his backyard was & # 39; as close to a demon as a human could be & # 39 ;.
This is the hair-raising description of Pazuzu Ilah Algarad of his former best friend, Matt Flowers, 31, a witness of his ancestry in evil.
Flowers, an Iraqi war and special forces veteran watched for eight years while John Lawson, born in an ordinary suburb, became a drug-obsessed murderer with a face tattoo. He had split his tongue in two and sharpened his teeth – but that was only an outward sign of his evil.
In October 2014, Pazuzu Ilah Algarad was accused of first-degree murder and of helping to bury a body when the skeletal remains of two men were found in the back yard of his suburban home in Clemmons, North Carolina.
They were then named as drifters Joshua Wretzler and Tommy Welch who both disappeared in 2009.
Algarad lived in the house with his girlfriend, Amber Burch, now 29, and mother Cynthia James, 68.
Burch was accused of killing one of the victims and she and another friend, Krystal Matlock, now 34, were both accused of helping bury that body.
The story of the troubled dropout, which changed his name, made his middle name Algarad his last name and, as his first name, took it from the main demon in The Exorcist and then brought satanism to suburbia, is the subject of a new Viceland documentary, & # 39; The devil you know. & # 39;
Pazuzu Ilah Algarad was a self-proclaimed satanist whose hair-raising story inspired the documentary of The Devil You Know. He was charged with the murder of two men allegedly buried in his backyard
Pazuzu Ilah Algarad, born John Algarad Lawson, brought satanism to the suburbs of Clemmons, North Carolina. Born in a strict Christian home, he would later leave high school (photo left on his school photo) and descend into a life of satanism
Algarad has never tried and committed suicide in prison on October 28, 2015.
Flowers stood in line at the bank when he received the text message telling him that Algarad had taken his own life.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, he remembered the conflicting stream of relief and shock with which he heard the news.
He said: & # 39; Pazuzu had always told me that he would kill himself if he ended up in prison and could not perform his rituals on the dark moon every month.
& # 39; He spoke of it in such detail, in all the different ways he would do it. Pazuzu lowered his teeth to points with a Dremel tool – he told me he would chew his finger on the bone and then stab an artery with it. & # 39;
Matt Flowers, 31, told DailyMail.com how he saw his friend descend into a life of darkness during the eight years they had known each other
Algarad's autopsy shows that he died of blood loss from a wound that pierced the artery in his inner left forearm. It does not say that he bit his arm, although it was rumored that it took place locally.
& # 39; Pazuzu wanted to be a demon. I used to not take that seriously, nobody did that. He chose the name of the exorcist and said that Pazuzu was the demon associated with winning, getting your desires, & said Flowers.
& # 39; I think he wanted his own death to be a show – to scare people. He took his life on the full moon, just as he always said he would.
& # 39; I think he wanted to be a demon and he came as close as a human.
& # 39; I don't know if he has fueled his madness with all his talk about the devil and the occult or whether his madness has fueled all of this. But all the things that we never took seriously at the time, I think he started to believe. & # 39;
Flowers met Algarad through a common friend when he was 17.
He was also interested in the occult, in religions and taboo, he explained. He came for a very strict Christian family in which he felt suffocated and rebelled.
Algarad, ten years older and steeped in all the things in which Flowers began to show interest, seemed charismatic and compelling. And then, no matter how crooked it had been from the outside, it all just seemed fun.
Algarad lived in his home in North Carolina with his mother Cynthia and girlfriend Amber Burch (photo). Burch was also accused of murdering one of the victims and helping to bury the body
Algarad and Burch perform & # 39; rituals & # 39; out for an altar in the front room, muttering inaudible before they offer their offer of drink or tobacco
Satanist victims: Joshua Fredrick Wetzler (left), 37, and Tommy Dean Welch, 36. Their remains were found on October 5, 2014, in the back yard of 2749 Knob Hill Drive
Flowers said the house of Algarad is not always & # 39; the cleanest & # 39; was, but ultimately a & # 39; hellhouse & # 39; was – pictured in October 2014
Flowers said: & # 39; We have been hanging out together almost every day & # 39; n for a year and a half. & # 39;
Images from the body cameras & # 39; s of the officers of Forsyth County Sheriff who entered the house of Algarad in October 2014 provide a shocking image.
The house through which they wade was deep in garbage, spoiled with animal and human garbage, covered with graffiti and symbols of hatred. It was considered uninhabitable.
But it wasn't always like that, according to Flowers.
& # 39; The house was really not that bad in the beginning. It wasn't like the cleanest, but it wasn't the light house that it became, & he said.
Pazuzu wanted to be a demon. I used to not take that seriously, nobody did that. He chose that name of the exorcist and he said that Pazuzu was the demon associated with winning, getting your desires.
& # 39; Everything was properly arranged. It was in a nice neighborhood and there was a swimming pool in the back yard with a filter system and everything.
& # 39; There was always one room – the back room – which was completely forbidden territory. Pazuzu wouldn't let anyone go there and the basement was always pretty disgusting. I didn't go there. But the rest was just like a party house. & # 39;
According to Flowers, Pazuzu styled himself to the character of Drexl – the dreadlocked pimp in True Romance played by Gary Oldman.
He thought talking about demons and violence was just a drink and drug-driven act.
& # 39; There would be 30 or 40 people at any time just partying and they would push and push him (to do crazy things). It's like he was entertaining, & he said.
In 2009, Flowers said he gave the police an anonymous tip that a body was buried in the backyard of Algarad. Algarad was
Algarad never tried, committed suicide in October 2015. Flowers said he had taken his life & # 39; on the full moon as he always said he would & # 39;
Algarad's autopsy shows that he died of blood loss due to a wound that pierced the artery in his inner left forearm.
Looking back, Flowers admitted: & # 39; it seems clear now that he had psychological problems. & # 39;
Algarad & # 39; s own story about his childhood is unreliable at best. In short, according to Flowers: & # 39; He lied all the time. & # 39;
According to Algarad, he was born in California as an unmarried mother and never met his father. He said he was raised by his mother and her relatives and moved to North Carolina when he was in his teens.
It was part of his attempt to cultivate a myth about himself; in fact, Algarad's parents were married and moved to North Carolina when he was two, and divorced only when he was eight.
His mother Cynthia remarried with a man named Johnny James, now 71, when Algarad was about 12. It was never an easy situation.
According to someone close to the family: & # 39; Pazuzu was just a very troubled, really spoiled boy. Cynthia just gave him what he wanted. He ruled that household and his relationship with his stepfather got worse and worse.
& # 39; It came to the point that he would have nothing to do with him. Johnny would come home and Pazuzu would enter his room and close the door and only go outside when he had left. & # 39;
His stepfather and mother sought professional help when Algarad was about 13.
He himself gave contradictory stories, told some that his mother brought him to a psychiatric hospital, and denied any history of psychiatric problems to others.
Images from the body cameras & # 39; s of the officers of Forsyth County Sheriff who entered the house of Algarad in October 2014 provide a shocking image
The house through which they wade was deep in garbage, spoiled with animal and human garbage, covered with graffiti and symbols of hatred
The house was deemed uninhabitable
In 2015, the bank shielded the house and the neighbors who bought it razed it to the ground shortly thereafter
A family member who spoke with DailyMail.com said his stepfather and mother had brought Algarad to a childcare center with problems, but that Algarad & # 39; had succeeded in convincing counselors that his / her mother was the problem & # 39 ;.
Pazuzu was bullied at school and & # 39; turd boy & # 39; named because of its body odor. He finally stopped in ninth grade after repeating the year several times.
Eventually the pressure on his mother's marriage became too great.
The source said: & # 39; Cynthia told Johnny to leave. She thought she could straighten Pazuzu if he did. He told her that it was crazy and that she would lose all control without him there. And that's what happened.
& # 39; He bled her dry, dried her everything, her life savings. & # 39;
Flowers has often wondered how his former friend could descend into such a & lapsed state while his mother lived in the same house. Their relationship was one that nobody seems to understand.
& # 39; That was always a stranger. It is as if she has enabled him. He drank a pack of twelve every day and she bought it for him every day, & said Flowers.
& # 39; Sometimes she also partyed. He told me he heard about sex when he was six years old and saw that she had sex with motorcyclists. & # 39;
According to another: & # 39; Cynthia was afraid of her son. She worked two jobs and paid to support him for doing nothing. She was afraid of leaving and afraid of going home. & # 39;
It is certainly shocking and hard to fathom that she was in the house when some of the worst acts of violence took place.
Flowers was 19 when he knew he had achieved what he describes as a fork in his life.
He said: & # 39; I just knew in my stomach that if I stayed with Pazuzu nothing good would come of it.
Flowers joined the army and was later deployed in Iraq. On his return, he said that Algarad questioned him about & # 39; killing people & # 39;
Flowers and his girlfriend. He
& # 39; He would be me & # 39; brother & # 39; and he had a way to get into your head, but it's like he was trying to manipulate you to do dark things. & # 39;
On one occasion, Algarad then admitted to Flowers that he had drugged him – injecting mushrooms with huge doses of LSD and dosing him with it.
Flowers said: & # 39; For about a month I thought I was crazy. I tried to check myself in at a psychiatric institution. He told me years later as if it was funny. I didn't know it then, but I just knew I had to leave. & # 39;
So he joined the army and served in the ZZZZZ COMING FROM LAURA. He left North Carolina and was deployed in Iraq.
Later Algarad remembered him a lot, he remembered whether or not he had killed people.
& # 39; He was fascinated. I'd say to him, "It's not like that man." I was in the army, but I was not a murderer – not like Pazuzu, & he said.
& # 39; There was nothing intimate about what we did. The Iraqi people were not my enemy. I was a guest in their country and I was there with a mission, a goal. It wasn't about killing. He didn't understand that. & # 39;
After completing his tour, Flowers spent time in a decompression camp in Kuwait.
While he was there, he was in contact with a former girlfriend, Daisy, a friend of Amber Burch, who often posted images of the two together on social media.
It was only when he was back in America, in the state of Washington, and considering leaving the army, that Daisy contacted and her tone disturbed him so much that he bought her a ticket to come from North Carolina and join to connect him to the west coast the next day.
When she arrived, she told him that they had helped Algarad and Burch bury the body of Tommy Welch.
& # 39; I only found out later that Tommy was buried for two months by the time she told me, & # 39; said Flowers.
It is clear that Flowers is in conflict and suffers from talk about Daisy – known as Dixie. They were getting married and divorced and the relationship was a very dark time in their lives.
Flowers knew what to do, he said. He had to turn in his friend. In September 2009, he gave the police an anonymous tip that a body was buried in the back garden of Algarad.
Burch pleaded guilty to shooting Tommy Welch and served a sentence of 30 to 40 years
Algarad and Burch would cut themselves, have blood done and drink each other's blood, Flowers said
He did not know that just two months earlier, in July 2009, a girl named Terina Billing told the police that her father, Allen, had also known that he had helped bury a body in the backyard of Algarad.
That body belonged to Joshua Wetzler who was shot and ripped several times in the cellar of Algarad.
A family member of Billings told DailyMail.com on condition of anonymity how he met Krystal Matlock in a bar.
The family member said: & # 39; Allen had a drinking problem and also took a lot of pills. I don't know why, but for some reason he agreed to bring Krystal back to that house and then Algarad showed him the body.
& # 39; I think he helped threaten his own life. He was always so reckless that I couldn't believe he was in the room when they cut it to pieces. & # 39;
But when the police went to Billings, he refused to talk. They had heard nothing but say and the local rumor mill.
To his dismay, nothing came from Flowers & # 39; tip.
& # 39; The police went to Pazuzu's house. They knocked on the door and told him that they had heard about a body in his garden if they were allowed to look. He said no. And that was that, & he said.
Amber & # 39; s friend Krystal Matlock, now 34, pleaded guilty to the lesser crime of helping a body bury. She was sentenced to 38 to 58 months in 2017 and was released last May
Flowers told Algarad that he was the one who went to the police. & # 39; I was not afraid of him, & # 39; he said.
In fact, he lingered at the house of Algarad.
& # 39; I wanted to monitor what he did. I didn't want him to hurt people, & he said.
Because, according to Flowers, the Algarad he saw on his return from abroad was a much more disturbing figure than the party boy he had left two years earlier.
Algarad and Burch perform & # 39; rituals & # 39; out in front of an altar in the front room and muttering unintelligibly before they offer their offer of drink or tobacco.
& # 39; He would never sacrifice animals for anyone, but he would go into his room and I don't know where to get these rabbits from if he would only buy them at the pet store. But he would kill it and rub the blood on his face, & said Flowers.
& # 39; He came out of his room 30 minutes later with his face completely red and it was as if he felt he had more power. & # 39;
In 2010, Pazuzu was arrested and charged as an accessory to the death of Joseph Chandler, a 30-year-old legally blind man whose body was found near a river in neighboring Yadkin County after his mother reported him missing.
With no serious criminal record at that time, Algarad was given two years of probation.
But police reports show that the house in Clemmons became increasingly violent.
He came out of his room 30 minutes later with his face completely red and it felt like he felt he had more power.
In 2011, Pazuzu was accused of attacking his mother, choking her until she could no longer breathe. A few months later, Burch was also accused of attacking Cynthia in a separate incident.
Another quote shows that she was accused of attacking Algarad.
When he visited the house, Flowers said, what he saw became more and more worrying. He said: & # 39; He and Amber would cut themselves, have blood done and drink each other's blood.
& # 39; Once I went around and there was a girl with deep wounds on both arms, from shoulder to wrist, just bleeding. I've never seen her again.
& # 39; Another friend told me about a man so desperate for pain pills that he had his hand on the table and Pazuzu begged him to hit him with a hammer so he could get a prescription.
& # 39; He begged and begged, and Pazuzu said, "Are you sure?" He held up a hammer that was blunt at one end and an ax at the other.
& # 39; At the last minute, he exchanged it and brought it to the man's hand. He cut off his finger. We never saw that man again. & # 39;
It came to the point, Flowers said, that he didn't know what to believe. And when the police did nothing, he again began to doubt the truth of the stories about buried bodies.
Then two things happened. Algarad asked him to kill a man with him and he threatened to rape any girl who brought Flowers to the house.
Flowers remembered: & Pazuzu called me into the kitchen one evening and his attitude just changed immediately. He had acted completely crazy now that he was suddenly completely calm.
& # 39; He said, "Let's kill this guy." I just thought, "What happened to you?" I was upset and angry. I'm not going to kill an innocent man.
& # 39; Pazuzu pushed and pushed and I just grabbed his hair and pulled his head back so that it hit a cupboard behind him.
& # 39; It's like he liked it. He said, "That's why I love your brother." He thought because I did that I was crazy like him. & # 39;
Algarad's garden was overgrown and some walls were covered with pentagrams
Images showed bodies of t
But the moment when Flowers handed out all doubts about the veracity of Pazuzu & # 39; s worst pride was when he heard from multiple sources that Pazuzu had raped a soldier.
& # 39; Then he became my enemy. I went around with another man and we went around killing him, & he said.
& # 39; I knew Pazuzu, I knew he wasn't physically strong. He always said that he could not be caught and that he could not be turned off.
& # 39; Well, I knocked him out. I kicked him in the face and when he was down I stamped on him with my boots. & # 39;
Flowers is not proud of its attack on Pazuzu that night. He wanted to kill him, he admitted, but he couldn't do it that way.
& # 39; I am not a killer, & # 39; he said simply. & # 39; There are not many people. & # 39;
Cynthia witnessed the attack he said and intervened to protect her son.
The strangest thing, Flowers said, was how Pazuzu still called him brother afterwards, even when he told him that he would rap any girl he brought to the house.
He said: & # 39; I then knew I had to go to the police. He had to be stopped. I went there and told them everything I knew. I drew a diagram of where I thought the body was buried and I said, "I'll give you a week and if you don't do anything, I'll do it."
Flowers were planning to get a shotgun, & # 39; go to the house at night and shoot Pazuzu while he slept before handing himself in because he said: & # 39; It just had to end. & # 39;
Three days later, the beginning came to an end when Forsyth County Sheriff & # 39; s Department carried out a search warrant on Pazuzu's home.
When the truth began to reveal, it turned out that over the years they had received dozens of tips about Pazuzu from people who claimed that he had buried bodies in his backyard. One of the tips came from his own mother.
Cynthia still lives locally and would not talk when approached by DailyMail.com. She was never charged with the events that took place under her roof.
Burch pleaded guilty to shooting Tommy Welch and served a sentence of 30 to 40 years.
Matlock, who committed guilty of the lesser crime of helping to bury Joshua Wetzler, was sentenced to 38 to 58 months in 2017. She was released last May and her conditional release ended in February.
A family member told DailyMail.com that she had served her time and just wanted a chance to continue for the rest of her life.
Nowadays there is nothing left of the & # 39; House of Horrors & # 39; in which Algarad lived out his vision of an ideal kind of chaos.
The bank has shielded it and the neighbors who bought it have destroyed it shortly thereafter in August 2015.
For Flowers, life has gone further. He married Jess, 32 years old, who runs a vintage clothing-up-cycling site three years ago and describes himself as a worker and artist – among other things, he designs biker jackets.
Four years after Algarad's death, he accepted that he might never be able to say whether his friend was crazy or bad – or both.
Over the years Algarad had made various diagnoses, including schizophrenia, agoraphobia and depression. He started abusing alcohol and other drugs at the age of 13.
But for Flowers, who himself suffers from PTSD, none of them justifies the damage his former friend has done.
& # 39; Ultimately, I think we all know the difference between right and wrong & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; I think Pazuzu knew the difference between right and wrong. I just can't say for sure why he chose wrong. & # 39;
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