Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jack the Ripper Identified by DNA

After all these years we actually were able to use DNA. That is most impressive and it also closes the case with a convincing suspect who was already on the most likely list. That they also confimed the victims DNA as well simply locks it down and leaves no opportunity to question the science.

Without hard evidence we had a dozen prospects of which a couple perhaps were viable by todays standards of understanding. Hard evidence has now sealed the deal.

It was a dramatic case that shocked hugely in that like its imitators, it was not imaginable. It still is not imaginable but it is still real.


Trevor Wozny September 6, 2014

It took 126 years of speculation, accusations, and intrigue to finally determine the true identity of the infamous “Jack The Ripper”.  Criminologies greatest minds have tackled this mystery and failed. The Ripper was active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. The name originated in a letter written by someone claiming to be the murderer that was widely disseminated in the media. The letter is widely believed to have been a hoax, and may have been written by a journalist in a deliberate attempt to heighten interest in the story. Within the crime case files as well as journalistic accounts the killer was known as “the Whitechapel Murderer” as well as “Leather Apron”. He favoured killing prostitutes and had a kink for mutilation.

The murderer of Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly has been identified after all these years. One of the six prime suspects at the time of the murders has been proven by advanced DNA analysis to be the legendary killer. Cutting edge DNA analysis of a shawl found by the body ofCatherine Eddowes, one of the Ripper’s victims, has been analysed and found to contain DNA from her blood as well as DNA (semen) from the killer.

It all started when businessman Russell Edwards, 48, bought the shawl at auction and gathered the help of Dr Jari Louhelainen, a expert in analysing genetic evidence. Dr Louhelainen was able to extract 126-year-old DNA from the material and compare it to DNA from descendants of Eddowes and the suspect, with both proving a statistically perfect match. The long line of men believed to be Jack the Ripper include, Aaron Kosminski, Prince Albert Victor, Edward VII’s son, Sir William Gull, Queen Victoria’s doctor, painter Walter Sickert, a Jewish shoemaker, a polish barber who later poisoned three women.

The identity of “Jack The Ripper” turned out to be polish immigrant Aaron Kosminski .

Kosminski was an insane Polish Jew who was a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders. He emigrated to England from Poland in the 1880s and worked as a hairdresser in Whitechapel in the East End of London, where the murders were committed in 1888. From 1891, he was institutionalized in an asylum.
Years after the end of the murders, documents were discovered that revealed the suspicions of police officials against a man called “Kosminski”.

An 1894 memorandum written by Sir Melville Macnaghten, the Assistant Chief Constable of the London Metropolitan Police Service, names one of the suspects as a Polish Jew called “Kosminski” (without a forename). Macnaghten’s memo was discovered in the private papers of his daughter, Lady Aberconway, by television journalist Dan Farson in 1959, and an abridged version from the archives of the Metropolitan Police Service was released to the public in the 1970s. Macnaghten stated that there were strong reasons for suspecting “Kosminski” because he “had a great hatred of women … with strong homicidal tendencies”. Kosminski was not a member of the Royal Family, or an eminent  surgeon or politician. Serial killers rarely are. Instead, he was a pathetic creature, a lunatic who achieved sexual satisfaction from slashing women to death in the most brutal manner. He died in Leavesden Asylum from gangrene at the age of 53, weighing just 98 pounds.

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