The 126 year old mystery, who was Jack the Ripper appears to be solved via DNA testing. The DNA was gathered from a shawl found by the body of Catherine Eddowes, one of the confirmed Ripper victims, the shawl had blood on it from herself as well as the killer. The shawl was purchased at auction in 2007 by businessman Russell Edwards, who decided to solve the mystery by getting a DNA expert involved. Though the use of cutting edge techniques, Dr Jari Louhelainen (who is a world renowned expert in analysing genetic evidence from historical crimes), was able to extract the 126 year old DNA from the shawl. The DNA was then compared to the DNA from descendants of both the suspect and Eddowes, which both gave a perfect match.
The results from the DNA testing showed that one of the prime suspects, who police most commonly believed to be the killer and was also considered one of the three most credible suspects, Aaron Kosminski a Polish Jew who had migrated to Whitechapel, London in the early 1880. Kosminski was seriously mentally ill, believed to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia with auditory hallucinations and was also described as a misogynist prone to 'self-abuse', which in those days was a euphemism for masturbation. Back in the day, the police did not have enough evidence to convict Kosminski, even though there was an eye witness who stated that he was the Ripper, but later decided not to testify as he didn’t want to speak against a fellow Jew, so he remained under 24 surveillance until he was committed to a mental asylum in 1891, where he would remain for the rest of his life.
The Ripper experts, also known as Ripperologists, out there are not convinced and believe that the shawl may have been contaminated over the years, handled by many people and also claim it is has never been proven the shawl was found with the body of Eddowes. Experts have also pointed out the evidence so far has not undergone peer review, and this should be required before making a claim such as this.
A book is to be released on Tuesday by Russell Edwards, titled: Naming Jack the Ripper, will explain in further detail how the conclusion was met and the evidence behind it.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you believe they have finally worked out one of the biggest mysteries of who is Jack the Ripper? Will you be reading the book?