Does a new genetic analysis finally reveal the identity of Jack the Ripper?
By David AdamMar. 15, 2019 , 2:00 PM
Forensic scientists say they have finally fingered the identity of Jack the Ripper, the notorious serial killer who terrorized the streets of London more than a century ago. Genetic tests published this week point to Aaron Kosminski, a 23-year-old Polish barber and a prime police suspect at the time. But critics say the evidence isn’t strong enough to declare this case closed.
The results come from a forensic examination of a stained silk shawl that investigators said was found next to the mutilated body of Catherine Eddowes, the killer’s fourth victim, in 1888. The shawl is speckled with what is claimed to be blood and semen, the latter believed to be from the killer. Four other women in London were also murdered in a 3-month spree and the culprit has never been confirmed.
This isn’t the first time Kosminski has been linked to the crimes. But it is the first time the supporting DNA evidence has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. The first genetic tests on shawl samples were conducted several years ago by Jari Louhelainen, a biochemist at Liverpool John Moores University in the United Kingdom, but he said he wanted to wait for the fuss to die down before he submitted the results. Author Russell Edwards, who bought the shawl in 2007 and gave it to Louhelainen, used the unpublished results of the tests to identify Kosminski as the murderer in a 2014 book called Naming Jack the Ripper. But geneticists complained at the time that it was impossible to assess the claims because few technical details about the analysis of genetic samples from the shawl were available.
I just watched a little doc and that Aaron dudes name came up. Also he gets credited with an earlier murder just a couple of blocks from where he lived.(police originally thought a soldier had done it, and it was an attack from the front unlike the later murders) He lived right in the centre of the neighbourhood and knew the place well and eventually got locked up when he attacked his sister with a knife but what luck he had beforehand in all the murders if he is the guy. Seems like he was gradually getting madder and then got put away by his family www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-47830546/how-modern-day-tech-unmasked-jack-the-ripper