Man Who Claims to Have Disposed of Natalee Holloway's Body Stabbed to Death in Florida Kidnap Attempt
NORTH PORT, FL — A man who claimed to be connected to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway was fatally stabbed to death in Florida on Wednesday morning following a bizarre kidnap attempt gone wrong.
John Christopher Ludwick, 32, was allegedly attempting to abduct a young woman as she got out of her vehicle in her driveway, according to North Port Police.
Following a struggle in the 4300 block of Wesley Lane, the victim grabbed a knife from Ludwick and then stabbed him multiple times. Police say he ran away from the scene and was found nearby with stab wounds. He was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor reports that Ludwick and the victim had been roommates at one point, and he wanted a romantic relationship with her, but she wasn’t interested. “He essentially ambushed her getting out of her car, going into her home,” said Taylor.
North Port Police have confirmed that Ludwick is the same man who was best friends with Natalee Holloway’s alleged killer, Joran van der Sloot. Ludwick has claimed that he helped van der Sloot dispose of Natalee Holloway’s remains, and that he was paid $1,500 to have her body cremated. He reportedly moved to the North Port area in 2014.
Taylor could not say if any connection exists between this incident and the Holloway case. But, he was quoted as saying, “When you look at this particular case, attempted kidnapping of a young girl, you go whoa, it seems eerily similar.”
“He’s a good person and a good friend, and he’s not the serial killer sociopath, psychopath you guys, the media, make him out to be,” Ludwick said about van der Sloot in a 2012 interview with CNN.
Several videos of him rambling about Holloway’s remains have been posted to YouTube over the past year.
“We are aware of Mr. Ludwick’s history and comments surrounding the disappearance of Natalee Ann Holloway in Aruba during May of 2005. The correct authorities who are working that case have been notified,” North Port Police wrote in a release. Investigators have stated that they have also contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Natalee Holloway disappeared during a class trip to Aruba in 2005. She was last seen in the company of van der Sloot, who is currently serving a 28-year sentence for the murder of a woman in Peru.
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