Massive Development in Natalee Holloway Case -- Did Family Just Get Justice?


A man who for over a decade has claimed to have been involved in disposing of Natalee Holloway’s body after her murder in Aruba was killed Wednesday while attempting to kidnap his former roommate.

John Christopher Ludwick, 32, was stabbed in North Port, Florida, early Wednesday morning, WTVT reported. He was flown to a hospital for emergency medical treatment, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police told WTVT that Ludwick was stabbed while attempting “to kidnap a young woman in her driveway.” The young woman was not identified by name, but the outlet reported that she was a former roommate of the deceased.

Ludwick, the former “best friend” of convicted murdered Joran van der Sloot, had claimed to have recovered the body of Natalee Holloway and burned them, or at least the skull, to dispose of physical evidence in the case.

He later said van der Sloot paid Ludwick $1,500 in return, according to Fox News.

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“(Her skull) was doused in gasoline in a fire pit in a cave,” he told an interviewer from Oxygen TV.

No connection between Wednesday morning’s crime and Holloway’s 2005 disappearance has yet been reported.

However, investigators in charge of the Holloway case, which remains open, have been updated on Ludwick’s death, police told WTVT.


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“We are aware of Mr. Ludwick’s history and comments surrounding the disappearance of Natalee Ann Holloway in Aruba during May of 2005,” said North Port Police Department spokesperson Josh Taylor.

“The correct authorities who are working that case have been notified,” Taylor added. “Our investigation in this local case is ongoing.”

Ludwick lived in Port Charlotte, but had traveled to North Port specifically to kidnap his former roommate, police told WTVT, but she turned the tables on him.

Gabriel Madrigal, who claimed to be Ludwick’s friend, told the station that not everything Ludwick had said about the Holloway case was necessarily credible because he would sometimes change his story.

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“John was an attention seeker,” Madrigal said. “He just wanted attention — attention on him.”

He added that the sometimes-suicidal Ludwick had nothing to do with Holloway’s murder, but that he had indeed burned her skull after the fact.

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Var der Sloot remains imprisoned for murder in Peru after having been convicted of killing another young woman, Stephany Flores Ramírez, in Lima in 2010.

He is scheduled to be extradited to the U.S. in 2038 to stand trial in Holloway’s disappearance.

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George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and was a weekly co-host of "WJ Live," powered by The Western Journal. He is currently a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. A former U.S. Army special operator, teacher and consultant, he is a lifetime member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. Born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.
George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He currently serves as the connections pastor at Awestruck Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English as well as a Master's in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife life only a short drive from his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and in his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.
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