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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…. ?

Breaking News: West Memphis 3 have been freed from prison (via Bonnie’s Blog of Crime)

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-west-memphis-3-20110820,0,5874148.story

Breaking News: West Memphis 3 have been freed from prison Victims Christopher Byers Michael Moore Stevie Branch Defendants Damien Echols Jessie Miskelley Jason Baldwin In reading through these articles you will see that some keep saying they pled guilty, but it was really a "no contest" or Alford plea. Plea Deal Sets Imprisoned Men Free in 1993 'Memphis 3' Murder Case Arkansas judge accepts plea deal, frees Memphis 3 West Memphis 3 Wikipedia: West Memphis Three West Memphis 3: Guilty Pleas Entered Arkan … Read More

via Bonnie's Blog of Crime

Sometimes? The words “I’m sorry” are just not effective as you would like them to be! (via Anguished Repose)

Sorry really does not work when you murder people.

Sometimes? The words "I'm sorry" are just not effective as you would like them to be! Which one of these "I'm sorry" apologies does NOT belong: I'm sorry I said things that hurt you. I'm sorry I ran into you and made you fall down. I'm sorry I was late for work. I'm sorry I lied to you instead of telling you the truth. I'm sorry I borrowed your shirt without asking. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to spill my red wine on your new rug. I'm sorry I don't have the answers you need. I'm sorry I can't make it, I have previously scheduled plan … Read More

via Anguished Repose

Jennings, Louisiana Murders

Tonight I decided to tackle this page on my Real Life Monsters site.
Big mistake.
I have been working on it since about 4 Sunday afternoon. It is now 12 and 1/2 hours later and I am again frustrated and confused.
I first heard about the ‘possible serial killer’ in 2007. I thought the news said Jefferson Parish (it is Jefferson Davis; much further away), meaning next door so I paid closer attention. That first time I tried to find information on the case and I kept running into brick walls. This time was no different.
It was the murder of Whitnei Dubois that started me following the case. She was a pretty girl, a young mom who choose a hard path. Yeah, she did drugs, sold her body and partied a lot.
She was also, as I said, a mom, she was also a daughter, a friend to some, a human being and she was found dead right around Mother’s Day.
Whitnei was also the first time the sheriff’s department admitted a possible connection between the others that I knew of. She was the 4th victim in a string of 4 (then) murders in small Louisiana town.
There are strong connections between all of the girls, 8 in total at the time of this writing. There are some people that claim it is really 9 nine now due to a cold case.
They all came from the ‘wrong side of he tracks’ literally.

Jennings is split in half by the railroad. One side has a 50’s feel, mom and pop stores, cute-ish home, Happy Days in the South could have been filmed there.
The other side of the tracks is a more bleak look. A Hell of a lot less money, much more drinking and drugging (openly), gangs and all that comes from poverty.
I am not a bleeding heart liberal. I do not think poverty is a black hole from which there is no escape. I do not ‘excuse’ wrong doing because you are poor. I do admit it is a long hard road. I do think society makes it harder than it needs to be. Really, all I am saying is that these girls were doing what they felt they had to.
Nothing that they did deserved being murdered over.

8 women and girls murdered.

Loretta Lewis

Ernestine Patterson

Kristen Lopez

Whitnei Dubois

Laconia Brown

Crystal Zeno

Brittney Gary

Necole Guillory

The public is getting little to no information which is horrible. Ignorance leads to fear.
Whitnei Dubois’ sister, Brittany Jones, has said: “All we know is that she was found naked on a dirt road, decomposed.”

I did find many sites that had a lot if information. Still, they are limited by what the police are willing to share, which is little. It was only recently that the local police admitted a serial killer was responsible and that was weakly.
Media coverage is spotty at best. No one seems to pay attention until another dead girl is found.

I have links.
There are some YouTube videos.
So much is hinted, hushed, opinion, but that is all the public really has.

Check out the Jennings Page.

More on this later.

Lisa

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