News March 15, 2018
Man Connected to Natalee Holloway Case Stabbed to Death During Alleged Kidnapping Attempt
John Christopher Ludwick, a man who claimed in the 2017 series “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway" to have helped dispose of Holloway's body, has been killed, according to North Port Police in Florida.
The authorities identified the 32-year-old in a Facebook post saying he “died as a result of stab wounds.”
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Authorities said, “It appears that the male subject who has passed was attempting to kidnap a young woman as she exited her vehicle in her driveway. They are familiar with each other. A struggle ensued and he is the one who ended up stabbed. He then fled the area on foot. He was found nearby suffering from the stab wounds. After being transported by air he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.”
Holloway went missing in May 2005 while on a trip to Aruba. Joran van der Sloot was reportedly the last person seen with the 18-year-old, but has never been charged in connection with her disappearance. He is now serving time in Peru for the 2010 murder of another woman, Stephany Flores Ramírez.
Later, Ludwick allegedly told an informant that Joran paid him $1,500 to dig up Natalee's body.
In a disturbing scene from “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” Ludwick told private investigator T.J. Ward, “The idea was to crush everything to the point where it wasn't recognizable as her bones or skull or anything like that.”
He added, “The only thing that got burned was the skull to burn the hair fibers. It was doused in gasoline in a fire pit in a cave.”
Ludwick was never charged with a crime.
North Port Police stated that investigators in the Holloway case have been notified of Ludwick's death.