The Devil You Know by Vice examines the incident that shocked North Carolina’s population the most in the small community of Clemmons. Pazuzu Algarad was well-known for being a drug-addicted Satanist in his community.
When human remains were discovered at Algarad and Amber Burch’s Knob Hill residence in 2014, they were both taken into custody and charged with murder. Pazuzu Algarad committed himself a year later, but there are still unanswered concerns, particularly regarding his relationship with Amber Burch. Now, where is she? We have all the solutions in our Amber Burch wiki.
Amber Burch is a South Carolina native
Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on January 2, 1990, Amber Nicole Burch was raised there. She performed bass in the string ensemble at Rock Hill High School, where she received her diploma in 2008.
Burch’s family enjoyed riding horses. She even invited her pals to ride horses with her there. Later on, though, Amber moved to Winston-Salem and started to isolate herself from her friends.
She was detained in 2014 at the age of 24, and she was charged with first-degree murder and accessory to first-degree murder. People who knew Burch say that after she started dating Pazuzu Algarad, who was actually John Lawson, she underwent a metamorphosis.
Burch had been residing in Clemmons, North Carolina, with Algarad for at least five years prior to her arrest. He legally changed his name to Pazuzu Algarad since he was a self-professed follower of Satan.
He and Nicole resided in a home in Clemmons at 2749 Knob Hill Drive. The home, which belonged to Algarad’s mother and stepfather, was well-known in the Winston-Salem area for the demon iconography Algarad had adorned it with.
Burch and Algarad allegedly had an abusive relationship
Although it’s unknown how Burch and Algarad interacted, those close to her allege that it was an abusive one. When Burch started dating Algarad, “she slipped into his lifestyle and fell into his identity,” according to Burch’s acquaintance who knew her from when they were in Bible study together.
On their Facebook sites, which are still online but inactive, Burch and Algarad stated that they have been married since November 1, 2009. They were not, however, lawfully wed. Algarad allegedly had illicit unions with three women, including Amber Burch and Krystal Matlock, according to several residents of his area. But what was most unsettling was his friendship with Burch.
Burch, a reportedly average Rock Hill native, turned 180 degrees when she moved in with Algarad. According to her friends, she acquired “homemade” tattoos, shaved her eyebrows, and even used a fingernail file to file down her teeth to make them seem like Algarad’s. She was a demon worshipper like him, but she didn’t appear to be a drug user.
It was claimed throughout her trial that the demon worshiper had repeatedly physically and psychologically tormented her. Police reportedly had to step in during several domestic violence incidents. The abuse became so severe at one time that Burch briefly returned to Rock Hill in 2013 with the goal of leaving Algarad. However, she went back to him, and they made up.
According to Burch’s friend, she became pregnant with Algarad’s child. However, according to Burch, she miscarried because of stress during the pregnancy.
Two murders led to the arrest of Burch and Algarad
2014 saw the arrest of Algarad and Burch in their home by Forsyth County officials after the discovery of two human remains. First-degree murder and accessory after the fact were their respective charges. The following day, Krystal Matlock, another of Algarad’s “wife,” was detained and charged with accessory after the fact.
Tommy Dean Welch and Joshua Fredrick Wetzler were named as the victims. Both were killed by several gunshot wounds and buried in the yard of Algarad’s home on Knob Hill. The reason Algarad and his lover killed them remains a mystery.
Welch’s last known location in 2009 was a petrol station, where the pair allegedly picked him up. Before Burch shot him twice in the back of the head with a.22 caliber rifle one night in October 2009, Welch spent his last minutes drinking with them at their home and lounging on their couch. Welch would be laid to rest in the backyard.
Prosecutors said that Algarad had used the identical gun to kill Wetzler three months earlier. When Algarad assassinated Wetzler, Burch reportedly assisted in burying him.
Authorities had been keeping an eye on Algarad for a while, especially after he boasted of killing someone. But despite the presence of witnesses, the initial search warrant had produced nothing.
Even Cynthia Lawson (also known as Cynthia James), Algarad’s mother, had given police a hint. She insisted that Burch had murdered a man named “Tommy” and that she had seen her son holding the weapon over Wetzler’s corpse.
According to some visitors who had been inside their home, they had seen a man’s corpse among the revolting human and animal waste that was thought to be Welch’s. However, it wasn’t until a second search warrant was obtained in 2014 that some human remains buried in shallow graves were found to be roughly five years old.
Amber’s close friend from her hometown claimed that four days prior to her detention, she was on edge since Algarad had been suspected of murder when police had visited their home. At the time, Burch dismissed it with humor.
Has a Criminal Record
In 2009, Burch was charged twice in Mecklenburg County with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and after consuming alcohol.
Additionally, she took part in the assault on Cynthia Algarad’s mother. In a different instance, he choked his mother and was found guilty of assault.
Algarad committed suicide while incarcerated in October 2015. Burch and Matlock, however, are still alive and detained.
In 2017, Burch entered a plea of guilty to second-degree murder, armed robbery, and murder accessory after the fact. A plea agreement resulted in a sentence of more than 30 years for her.
She is currently completing her time at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh, according to her most recent prison records. She apparently expressed contrition for her crimes as she entered her guilty plea.