ST. PETERSBURG, Florida. – A man who claimed on a TV series that he helped burn and bury the remains of a missing Alabama teenager in Aruba, has died after police say he was stabbed with his own knife during a foiled abduction of a woman in Florida.
John Christopher Ludwick tried to kidnap a woman Wednesday as she excited her driveway in the North of the Port. Ludwick and the woman knew each other, said a spokesman of the police in the North of the Port, a small town south of the Tampa Bay area.
“They were roommates at one point. He apparently was a kind of falling in love with her. She did everything in her power to get away from him,” spokesman Josh Taylor said.
The police said that they fought back, and Ludwick was stabbed in the struggle with his own knife.
According to the police, the victim said that she felt that Ludwick was stalking her in person and on social media.
He ran, but officers found him in a wooded area. He died in a hospital.
Ludwick was a friend of joran Van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway. Van der Sloot is in prison now for a different murder in Peru. North Port police say they have informed authorities that are involved in the Holloway case of Ludwick died.
Ludwick claimed that Van der Sloot was paid him $1,500 to dig up her body in 2010, five years after the 18-year-old disappeared on the Dutch Caribbean island.
“The idea was to crush everything to the point where it was not recognizable as her bones or skull or something like that,” Ludwick said in the video. He claimed that Holloway’s skull was burned to eliminate any remaining hairs, fibers, saying: “It was doused with petrol in a fire in the cave.”
Taylor said that North Gate of the Police was aware of Ludwick and added that the FBI had interviewed him.
Ludwick and his accusations were the center of the TV programme about the disappearance of Holloway.
Holloway’s mother, Beth Holloway, sued the network and the production company that was responsible for the 2017 program. In a federal court document, Holloway claimed that the six-part series was misleading and a fictitious “farce” that gave her false hope, her daughter’s remains had been discovered. It can also cause her unnecessary suffering, she said.
The show investigated whether bone fragments were found, that of Holloway, but they were not.
Ludwick appeared on “The Nancy Grace Show,” and other network programs, as Van der Sloot was arrested in Peru for beating a woman to death in 2010, five years to the day after the disappearance of Holloway.
Ludwick defended his friend and said that the victim in Peru should be more careful when she realized that Van der Sloot.
“I’m not saying that they deserved it, but they certainly can prevent it by leaving immediately,” he said.
Ludwick told Grace, whom he met Van der Sloot in Aruba in 2010 and hung him almost every day for a few months.
“He seemed like he would be a cool guy, he is a good man and a good friend,” Ludwick said on the show. He added that he was of Alexandria, Virginia. On another show, he said of Stephany Flores, the victim in Peru, “If she had not curious and confronted him so, that she would not have died.”