Jack the Ripper Identified as Aaron Kosminski from 126-year-old DNA from Blood on Scarf of Victim

By HoundDog, Daily Kos – Russell Edwards, writing for the UK’s Daily Mail in a story that reads like a case from the TV series Forensic Files or Cold Case, reports Jack the Ripper unmasked: How amateur sleuth used DNA breakthrough to identify Britain’s most notorious criminal 126 years after string of terrible murders. Using mitochodrial DNA of a semen stain found on a scarf on one of the victims a forensic scientist was able to match the sample to descendent of Aaron Kosminski, a prime suspect who was a hairdresser in Whitechapel in 1888 where the five murders took place. A shawl found by the body of Catherine Eddowes, one of the Ripper’s victims, has been analysed and found to contain DNA from her blood as well as DNA from the killer. The landmark discovery was made after businessman Russell Edwards, 48, bought the shawl at auction and enlisted...

Read More...