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Scientists Reckon They Know Exactly Who Jack The Ripper Was

Scientists Reckon They Know Exactly Who Jack The Ripper Was

The identity of Jack the Ripper has remained a mystery for more than 130 years.

"At the time we sold it, we weren't sure but we hoped it would play a part in finding out who Jack the Ripper was", he said.

Although eleven murders in Whitechapel were attributed to Jack the Ripper by the newspapers of the time, only five of the murders are solidly linked to the serial killer known as the "canonical five": Rose Mylett, Alice McKenzie, the Pinchin Street torso, and Frances Coles.

Context: Kosminski has always been considered a suspect in the case, according to Fox News, but authorities have lacked significant evidence to tie the two together.

Kosminski was a 23-year-old Polish barber living in London at the time of the Jack the Ripper murders.

The shawl was claimed to contain blood and semen from the crime scene, which would play an important role in the scientists' DNA research.

A letter with the signature of an individual calling themselves 'Jack the Ripper' at an exhibition called
New Genetic Evaluation Could Have Lastly Revealed Identification Of Jack The Ripper

Researchers compared fragments of mitochondrial DNA, which is passed down exclusively from one's mother, retrieved from the shawl with samples taken from living descendants of Eddowes and Kosminski, to one of Kosminski's living descendants, according to Science.

"Genomic DNA from single cells recovered from the evidence was amplified, and the phenotypic information acquired matched the only witness statement regarded as reliable", said Louhelainen and Miller in their study.

The researchers believe their new study provides "the most systematic and most advanced genetic analysis to date regarding the Jack the Ripper murders". Based on that DNA analysis and other clues Cornwell posited the killer was the painter Walter Sickert, though many experts believe those letters to be fake.

Louhelainen and Miller claimed that the Data Protection Act prevents them from releasing the genetic sequences taken from Eddowes and Kosminski's living relatives. He obtained the samples after receiving the stained shawl from an author named Russell Edwards, who bought it in 2007.

"Although these characteristics are surely not unique, they fully support our hypothesis", the authors wrote. In 2014, Edwards published a book in which he claimed Aaron Kosminski's DNA had been found on the garment, but his results weren't published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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