A North Carolina man charged with murder after two bodies were found in his yard allegedly sacrificed animals and ate their hearts.
Pazuzu Illah Algarad, 35, who was born John Alexander Lawson, was arrested in Forsyth County after the skeletal remains of two people were found buried in shallow graves in his yard. Police believe the victims died in 2009.
Algarad changed his name in 2002 for religious reasons, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Pazuzu is the name of the demon god referenced in “The Exorcist.”
In 2010 Algarad was charged with accessory to manslaughter. Psychiatrists who evaluated him then believed he suffered from schizophrenia and agoraphobia, The Chronicle reported. He was found competent to stand trial.
He pleaded guilty in 2012 and was sentenced to 10 to 12 months in prison. Algarad was on probation when he was arrested this month.
Algarad and his wife Amber Nicole Burch, 24, are now charged with murder and accessory after the fact. Another woman, Krystal Nicole Matlock, 28, was arrested Monday on suspicion of being an accessory to murder.
A source told WGHP-TV that Algarad sacrificed animals regularly inside his Clemmons home
“About once a month, and it was usually on a full moon, they sacrificed at least one rabbit, and then he would eat the heart of it, and then burn the flesh of the rabbit,” he said.
The source claimed Algarad would speak in tongues as though he was possessed.
“He would start … like mumbling under his breath. It was jibberish to us, but I mean it was real words,” the source said.
“There’s a whole realm that we’re not aware of, and I think that whole piece of land needs to be purified,” he added.
He described Algarad’s house as smelling like a wet dog and said there were piles of dog feces in the living room. Forsyth County authorities deemed the house unsafe for human life.
Authorities say it could take a week to learn the identities of the two victims.
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