Is this Jack the Ripper? World-renowned DNA expert says Polish immigrant is notorious killer
Sep 07, 2014 00:06
By Anthony Bond
Aaron Kosminski – who was one of six key suspects in the historical mystery – is now thought to have been the killer
Aaron Kosminski, inset, is now thought to have been the killer
The true identity of notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper can now be revealed thanks to a DNA breakthrough, it has been claimed.
A world-renowned DNA expert claims Polish immigrant Aaron Kosminski – who was one of six key suspects in the historical mystery – is the killer.
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The real identity of Jack the Ripper – who is responsible for at least five murders in East London in 1888 – has baffled criminologists for decades and led to a range of theories.
As reported by The Mail on Sunday, a shawl which was found by victim Catherine Eddowes has now been analysed using sophisticated modern forensic techniques.
As well as containing her DNA, it also had the killer’s DNA on it.
Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images Police discovering one of Jack the Ripper’s victims
Illustration shows the police discovering the body of one of Jack the Ripper’s victims, probably Catherine Eddowes, London, England, late September 1888
This shawl has now been examined by world-renowned Dr Jari Louhelainen, who analyses evidence from historical crime scenes.
He then managed to compare DNA from the shawl to DNA from the victim’s relatives and the suspects – leading to Dr Louhelainen concluding that Kosminski was the killer.
Since the brutal murders took place, more than 100 people have been named as suspects in the case.
Jack the Ripper killed his victims in some of east London’s poorest areas.
Attacks blamed on the Ripper involved female prostitutes who lived and worked in the slums of London .
Their throats were cut prior to gruesome mutilations on their bodies.
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