There’s crazy and then there’s Pazuzu Algarad, a self-proclaimed Satanist who dedicated his life to terrifying his neighbors with his abhorrent lifestyle.
His dwelling was a house of horrors well before skeletal remains of his victims were found on the property. His real name was John Alexander Lawson and he was born in San Francisco in 1978.
At some point, he and his mother Cynthia James moved to Clemmons, North Carolina, a conservative deeply religious community, where John felt even more of an outcast.
A Pathological Liar
The real story of this man is very hard to piece together as he was a pathological liar and constantly made up stories about his early life.
Sometimes he’d say he was from Iraq and his father was some sort of high priest or he’d say he was the child of a single mother and he’d never met his Dad.
However, the fact is his parents had indeed been married and only divorced when the boy was 8. What everybody agrees is that he had mental issues from an early age.
“Yes, John had some mental problems, but he wasn’t a bad guy,” his mother Cynthia James said in a documentary on the North Carolina Satanist called “The Devil You Know.” She went as far as to describe her son as her “little warrior.”
“They diagnosed him as being agoraphobic, schizophrenic, psychotic,” said James. “That’s when I started getting help for him. But to continue with the psychiatrists and so-forth, it takes a lot of money. You gotta remember the good things, and I block out any of the bad things. He wasn’t by any means an angel, but he wasn’t a bad person or a bogeyman or whatever phrases people have called him.“
He took the name of Pazuzu Illah Algarad in 2002, as an homage to an Assyrian demon associated with winning and granting all your desire.
This might sound impressive, but the fact is he’d picked up the name from the “Exorcist” movie.