Author Claims to Have Revealed the Identity of Jack the Ripper With DNA Evidence From a Blood-Stained Shawl

Russell Edwards holding Catherine Eddowes' Shawl

Author Russell Edwards claims to have uncovered the identity of Jack the Ripper as barber Aaron Kosminski with the help of DNA evidence taken from a blood-stained shawl believed to have belonged to Catherine Eddowes, one of the victims of the notorious 1888 killings. DNA taken from the shawl was compared to that of the descendants of Eddowes as well as those of Kosminski. Both sets of tests showed a match.

Kosminski was one of several suspects in the official investigation, but at the time there was not enough evidence to bring him to trial. Eddowes’ shawl, the DNA it contained, and the ability to match that DNA, it appears, was the evidence police were lacking at the time.

Edwards worked with Dr. Jari Louhelainen who performed the DNA tests. Naming the Ripper, a book about the discovery written by Edwards, is scheduled to release on September 9th, 2014.

Jack the Ripper

Aaron Kosminski

images via Wikipedia, Ian McIlgorm/Daily Mail

via The Daily Mail