Archive for September, 2014

Aaaandd, we still don’t know who Jack the Ripper was.

Looks like I posted a little to quickly. Now now, I am not saying that Aaron Kosminski wasn’t the ripper I am saying the DNA is far from conclusive.

MtDNA is passed down from a mother to her children, and many people can share the same mtDNA signature. The signature linked to Kosminski, T1a1, is a relatively common subtype. Thus, the determination doesn’t mean much unless the signature can be narrowed down to a rarer subtype, or unless additional evidence can be brought to bear (as was the case for identifying the remains of Russia’s Czar Nicholas II and his family).

A larger question has to do with the scarf’s history: It’s been open to contamination for decades, and it’s not even clear that it was really left behind by Eddowes (or her killer) after the 1888 murder. “In the community of so-called experts, it’s not really considered evidence,” Ryder said.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/was-it-aaron-kosminski-jack-ripper-dna-claims-get-ripped-n198506

Casebook Jack The Ripper is also not convinced and since that is THE place for Ripperplogists I give them weight.

The History Channel has a good article on this. The chain of evidence for the shawl tested is a little sketchy to say the least.

The Victorian-era shawl reportedly taken by Simpson passed from generation to generation of the policeman’s descendants until it was put up for auction in 2007 and purchased by Russell Edwards, an English businessman and self-confessed “armchair detective” who was fascinated by the coldest of cold cases. Although the silk fabric was frayed and aging, it still contained valuable DNA evidence since it was never washed. Now, after more than three years of scientific analysis, Russell says that Jack the Ripper’s true identity has been found interwoven in the ragged, 126-year-old shawl, and he fingers Polish immigrant Aaron Kosminski as the serial killer in his new book “Naming Jack the Ripper.”

I haven’t read the book yet but if any of you have please let me know what you think,

As of now even though I would have loved to have a name I also kind of like the mystery in this one case. Usually I really want the killer named this one though…. ?

Jack the Ripper case might really be solved

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.

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.

 

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.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jack-ripper-world-renowned-dna-expert-4177665#ixzz3CaHAlo12
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This was one that I never thought would be solved just because of how long ago it happened.

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Jack the Ripper unmasked: How amateur sleuth used DNA breakthrough to identify Britain’s most notorious criminal 126 years after string of terrible murders

  • DNA evidence on a shawl found at Ripper murder scene nails killer
  • By testing descendants of victim and suspect, identifications were made
  • Jack the Ripper has been identified as Polish-born Aaron Kosminski
  • Kosminski was a suspect when the Ripper murders took place in 1888
  • Hairdresser Kosminski lived in Whitechapel and was later put in an asylum

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2746321/Jack-Ripper-unmasked-How-amateur-sleuth-used-DNA-breakthrough-identify-Britains-notorious-criminal-126-years-string-terrible-murders.html#ixzz3CaHXlS2P
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Not much more out there right now but it looks interesting.

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