Prominent SC Business man John Ludwig Jr claims “ I Didn’t Do It , Officer..Bambi Did”


After leaving a wedding reception, getting into his Massarati, driving 90 miles an hour down a Bambi22country road in the wrong lane, already being out on a 1 million dollar bond for another offense and plowing through the home of 62 year old William Bardsley and killing him as he watched baseball in his recliner, prominent business man John Ludwig Jr claims that Bambi did it.

Ludwig says he  swerved to miss a deer and that is when he ran off the side of the road, and into Mr.Bardsley’s living room. Is that the best they’ve got?

Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I have been known to drink a little champagne at a wedding reception, haven’t you? Sure you have.I have never left the reception, however, and gotten into my vehicle running 90 miles an hour ,though.And if I did, and if I killed an innocent man sitting in his recliner watching baseball, I would think that the police would maybe, just maybe, give me a DUI test. Right? I mean, it makes sense, right? 

That didn’t happen here. The police did not test Mr.Ludwig for alcohol.Said they did not have probable cause to believe he was drinking. Really? Ummm…leaving a party, driving recklessly and killing someone in the comfort of their own home with your motor vehicle doesn’t warrant a DUI test?  Alrighty then… What does?

Mr.Ludwig drove a Masserati. Did you guys pick up on that? What does that tell you? He wasn’t in a minivan..or a Volvo,people…A Masserati….and Masserati says, money…And money talks….at least that is the general consensus in Greenville., SC.Protesters have been lined up in front of the solicitors office begging him to charge Ludwig with murder…claiming that because he is a wealthy man, that he need not get away for the wreckless homicide of Mr Bardsley.

And yesterday, Bob Arial, the 13th circuit court solicitor, must’ve listened.He charged Ludwig with the murder of Mr.Bardsley. Ludwig and his money have hired his very own local dream team.And this is what they have to say in Ludwig’s defense.

Billy Wilkins, the former federal judge who now is representing John Ludwig Jr., said his client was returning from a wedding reception at the time of the wreck.
“He’s only traveled a short distance, and all of a sudden a deer moved there on the side of the road,” Wilkins said. “And he just kind of swerves, and that pitches his wheels off the road. And there’s no barrier there. There’s no ditch there. It’s just pasture.

Correct me if I am wrong, but if you are traveling in excess of 90 miles an hour, swerving to miss a deer is the least of your problems. So, lets don’t blame Bambi for someone else’s stupidity.Chances are, deer or no deer, he would’ve killed himself or someone else traveling at that rate of speed anyway.

This just reaffirms the old saying that money talks and BS walks.

Come on, Wilkins, you can do better than that.

Posted by NikkiB

Posted May 11, 2009 by
Bizarre, WTF | 9 comments

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  • Comments

    9 Responses to “Prominent SC Business man John Ludwig Jr claims “ I Didn’t Do It , Officer..Bambi Did””

    1. HOPE on May 11th, 2009 5:21 pm

      Awesome article, Red…


    2. Dolf on May 12th, 2009 1:38 am

      gdamn bambi

      and gdman Massarati

    3. PA Mom on May 12th, 2009 12:56 pm

      I totally agree with this article. Money can buy anything and our justice system accomodates this attitude.

    4. fastaire on May 20th, 2009 11:00 am

      What is this obsession with a fatal accident not being anybody’s fault and punishable unless there was alcohol involved? You people are taking too much direction from MADD. MADD is nothing more than a prohibisionist organization. They couldn’t care less about traffic fatalities where there is no alcohol involved. Why would not having alcohol involved make this Ludwig guy any less culpable? More sober people kill people in fatal accidents than drunks. Remember that and hold them just as accountable as the drunk driver.

    5. bill on May 23rd, 2009 12:31 pm

      this guy had contacts,he gave the cop a name and the cop,let him go.simple as is a corrupt
      state,law enforcement and the politicians,they are all on the take in this state,this ludwig,is hooked up with sdi funding,check them out.upper class loan sharks.check greenville county sc,court records,this guy has other cases.

    6. Bill on May 25th, 2009 5:18 pm

      If you have evidence of any prosecutorial misconduct or police bribery, bring it forward. Otherwise, STFU.

      Just b/c he has money doesn’t mean he bribed anyone. Do you have ANY evidence of all that he bribed the cops? It’s pathetic how you try to stir envy and resentment by portraying ludwig as Mr Burns from the Simpsons

      Ever driven a Maserati pal? You can get really close to 90 in 2nd gear and in 3rd, you can go from 50 to over 100 in the blink of an eye.

      Any proof he’s lying about the deer? Hmm, did he decide to loose control on purpose?

      Ludwig may be a jerk. He may have bought off cops and the DA. Lots of things may be. But until it’s entered into evidence, this crap is nothing more than idle speculation – and fairly silly speculation at that.

      If/when a single shred of evidence of Ludwig buying off cops or the DA is entered into the public record, I’ll be the first to come back here and eat my words – until then, put up or shut up.

    7. Hannah on June 10th, 2009 3:15 pm

      All one has to do is to go and look at JL’s court dockets in Greenville County to see a pattern of reckless behavior on his part going back many years. One would think that with that many traffic violations, he would have had his license suspended already.

      There is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes right now, including the identification of the “disappearing man” who left the scene of the accident. Arial has determined this person was NOT in the car with Ludwig. It is going to be really interesting to find out who this person is (and I believe Arial KNOWS who it is) and what his involvement was immediately prior to the wreck.

    8. Rodney C on December 14th, 2009 2:41 pm

      The SOB should have not been granted to drive by DMV… If that was myself ( had I been driving ) I would have been charged with DUS, habuitual offender etc. but no, ahhh, it just pisses me off to the point I can’t type professionally

    9. arby on June 15th, 2014 8:33 am

      O.J. and Robert (Baretta) Blake in California…money and power will get a person off on murder charges. John Ludwig, in the sleepy little town of Greenville S.C….same thing, money and power. And people claim that Greenville S.C. is one of the best places in the United States to raise a family. I guess that’s true…as long as you have money and power.

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