Pretty crazy huh?
Dr Jari Louhelainen, a senior lecturer in molecular biology at Liverpool John Moores, has used cutting-edge DNA techniques to prove Jack the Ripper was a Polish migrant named Aaron Kosminski.
Kosminski lived in Whitechapel at the times of the savage 1888 murders of five women and was committed to an asylum in 1891 until his death in 1919. At the time police suspected him of the crimes and at one point put him under surveillance.
Dr Jari Louhelainen obtained the DNA sample from a shawl found by the body of Catherine Eddowes, one of the Ripper’s victims.
Russell Edwards said, “The circle is now complete. One of the greatest unsolved crime mysteries of all time has been solved through cutting-edge science, historical research and a great deal of determination and good fortune.”
I know what you’re thinking. How could the sample still hold such a compelling case 126 years after her death? And, even if the shawl has traces of the killer’s DNA, how did they get DNA samples from Aaron Kosminski nearly a century after his death?
All the answers can be found in a new book, Naming Jack the Ripper, written by Edwards. Bringing together ground-breaking forensic discoveries and gripping historical detective work, Naming Jack the Ripper constructs the first truly convincing case for identifying the world’s most notorious serial killer.
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