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Man who claimed he burned Natalee Holloway's remains fatally stabbed in Florida

Natalee Holloway Natalee Holloway
Andrew Cummings | 16 March, 2018, 01:00

John Christopher Ludwick, 32, attempted to kidnap her as she got out of her vehicle in her North Port driveway Tuesday; she fought back, and in the course of the struggle Ludwick was stabbed. "They were roommates at one point".

"This gentleman had some ill intentions and she wasn't going quietly and it ended very bad for him", North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor told WFLA News Channel 8. The spokesperson says the woman managed to get Ludwick's own knife from him and stab him in the abdomen with it. According to a police report, the victim said she felt that Ludwick was stalking her in person and on social media. He ran, but officers found him in a wooded area on South Biscayne Drive between Coco Solo Avenue and Herbison Avenue.

After being transported by air, Ludwick was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Ludwick was involved in a high-profile case in 2005, after making comments relating to the disappearance of Alabama teen, Natalee Holloway, He claimed to have cremated Holloway's remains.

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The Dutch man became the prime suspect in Holloways disappearance and is now serving a prison sentence for an unrelated murder.

Police said Ludwick was a former roommate of the victim and was upset she didn't want it to be more.

Neither Ludwick nor van der Sloot were evercharged in Holloway's death. He purported that Holloway's skull was burned to eliminate any remaining hair fibers, saying: "It was doused in gasoline in a fire pit in a cave". Her disappearance sparked years of news coverage. "A young lady was standing there and a man was grasping her from behind and there was quite a struggle", she said. He claimed to know where her body was and recently helped turn up bones, but they did not prove to belong to Holloway.

Van der Sloot is now imprisoned for the 2010 slaying of another young woman in Peru, a crime which occurred five years to the day after Holloway's death. "I heard screams and I turned the corner, continued to hear screams", the woman said. Ludwick told Grace that he met Van der Sloot on Aruba in 2010 and hung out with him nearly every day for a few months.

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