We can’t imagine too many tears are being shed for this guy. John Christopher Ludwick — the man who claimed he dug up and cremated Natalee Holloway‘s body five years after her murder in 2005 — was killed on March 13. The 32-year-old was reportedly in the middle of a kidnapping in Florida when he was stabbed to death.

Ludwick had reportedly been trying to get back together with his ex-girlfriend and got violent when she refused. People reports that he attempted to kidnap the unnamed woman at knifepoint, but at some point in the scuffle she ended up grabbing the knife and stabbing him in the abdomen. He ran off, and “was found nearby suffering from stab wounds,” according to a statement. He was quickly airlifted to a hospital but died before they could help him.

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Natalee Holloway.

Ludwick entangled himself in Natalee’s story in 2017, when Oxygen heavily featured him in their Disappearance of Natalee Holloway docu-series. In it, he claims that Joran Van Der Sloot (who was never indicted but is widely believed to have killed Natalee) paid him $1500 in 2010 to dig up and burn Natalee’s remains.

However, Ludwick’s story continued to shift and change, and though police investigated his claims, they never proved them. “What he was saying was not possible. And then he changes his story, ‘No, no, I wasn’t there,’” explained Aruban Police Chief Dolfi Richardson on the show. “I mean, there were so many holes we could shoot in his story that we knew that he was not really a credible witness.” Unfortunately, Ludwick’s testimony did not lead to justice for Natalee, but now there’s no doubt that if he was an accomplice in Natalee’s murder, he got what he deserved.

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