Pazsusu Algarad: The Satanist Who Built the "House of Horrors"
Wed, April 21, 2021

Pazsusu Algarad: The Satanist Who Built the "House of Horrors"

 

In 2015, Pazsusu Algarad was found dead in his prison cell at the Central Prison in Raleigh, North Carolina. While the residents in North Carolina felt a sense of relief after hearing the news, they knew that memories of his bizarre and horrific crimes would always linger.

 

 

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In a documentary series titled “The Devil You Know,” Patricia Gillespie, who produced and directed it, stated that it was hard to get to know the real details of Algarad’s life mainly because he usually reinvented stories about his childhood. Born on August 12, 1978, Algarad was diagnosed with several mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and agoraphobia, at a young age. While Cynthia, his mother, was able to get him the psychiatric help he needed, it wasn’t maintained due to financial constraints. As a result, his mental health deteriorated pretty quickly.

Algarad was known for sharing lies about his childhood. For instance, he told people that he was from Iraq and his father was some high priest. “But the people who knew him as a child described him as a little off-kilter, a little emotional. Things that might indicate the beginning of a mental illness: harming animals, consuming alcohol and drugs at a very early age,” said Gillespie. 

 

 

Credits: All That's Interesting

 

After he changed his name from John Alexander Lawson to Pazsusu Algarad, the self-proclaimed satanist covered his face in tattoos and filed his teeth into points. His house, which was later named the “House of Horrors,” was where he spent most of his time making animal sacrifices, drinking blood, and having orgies. It became a hub for outcasts and misfits like him. At Algarad’s house, people could do anything they wanted, he didn’t care. They partook in self-harm, drinking the blood of birds, performing rabbit sacrifices, doing copious drugs, and more. 

 

 

Credits: All That's Interesting

 

The house was filled with satanic messages and pentagrams, blood smeared on the walls, and animal carcasses lying around. Everything slowly changed when Algarad in 2014 was arrested after killing two men who were identified as Joshua Fredrick Wetzler and Tommy Dean Welch. Both of them went missing in 2009. After the remains were found in the House of Horrors, county housing officials deemed the home “unfit for human habitation.” By 2015, the house was finally demolished. 

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