9/7/14 :SPECIAL = “Jack the Ripper” Identified?!?! {Updated, 9/8/14}

The following is a re-print of an article from the Advertiser of Adelaide. Web address below in Sources.

NEWS ….

DNA tests ‘prove’ that Jack the Ripper was a Polish immigrant named Aaron Kosminski.

NETWORK WRITERS NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA SEPTEMBER 07, 2014 

A suspicious character … an etching of a ‘vigilance committee’ identifying possible suspects in London in 1888. Picture: The Illustrated London News

THE search to uncover the identity of Jack the Ripper appears to be over.

DNA on a shawl found near one of the victims, Catherine Eddowes, reportedly contains a match to both her and one of the chief suspects, Aaron Kosminsky.  The Polish hairdresser, who moved to England with his family in 1881, was committed to a mental asylum at the peak of Ripper hysteria.

Is this Jack the Ripper?

Revealed? … DNA evidence reportedly confirms that Aaron Kosminski is Jack the Ripper.

The breakthrough came when Dr Jari Louhelainen, an expert in historic DNA, was commissioned to study a shawl found with Eddowes, the second-last “confirmed” victim of the Ripper more than 125 years ago.  The shawl — which still retained historic stains — had been bought by a businessman at an auction in 2007.

“It has taken a great deal of hard work, using cutting-edge scientific techniques which would not have been possible five years ago,” Dr Louhelainen told a British newspaper.

“Once I had the profile, I could compare it to that of the female descendant of Kosminski’s sister, who had given us a sample of her DNA swabbed from inside her mouth.

“The first strand of DNA showed a 99.2 per cent match, as the analysis instrument could not determine the sequence of the missing 0.8 per cent fragment of DNA. On testing the second strand, we achieved a perfect 100 per cent match.”

Killing sports … the map above of Whitechapel in the 1800s shows Flower and Dean Streets in purple and the sites of some killings as red spots.

Kosminski was born in Poland in 1865 before moving to Whitechapel, England, in 1881.  The murders attributed to Jack the Ripper began in 1888, with up to 11 deaths around the Whitechapel area linked to the killer. Frances Coles, believed to be the Ripper’s last victim, died in February 1891 — the same year Kosminski was forcibly put in Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum.  He remained in mental health facilities until his death in 1919, aged 53.

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For further reference: “Today in History” August 31 = “Jack the Ripper’s” First Victim is Found =

http://historysstory.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-31-jack-rippers-first-victim-is.html

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Further comments from “Yahoo News” an article by Robin Millard, today, 9/8/14:

Some have cast doubt on Edwards’ findings.

The research has not been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, meaning the claims cannot be independently verified or the methodology scrutinized.

Professor Alec Jeffreys, who invented the DNA fingerprinting technique 30 years ago this week, called for further verification.

“An interesting but remarkable claim that needs to be subjected to peer review, with detailed analysis of the provenance of the shawl and the nature of the claimed DNA match with the perpetrator’s descendants and its power of discrimination; no actual evidence has yet been provided,” Jeffreys told The Independent newspaper.

 

 Sources:

The above article from the Advertiser of Adelaide can be found at:

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/world/dna-tests-prove-that-jack-the-ripper-was-a-polish-immigrant-named-aaron-kosminski/story-fni6um3i-1227050842205?nk=6755987c302705c1263b3e410c39fa22

The full article from Yahoo News can be found at:

http://news.yahoo.com/jack-ripper-identified-dna-traces-sleuth-024421946.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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