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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The identity of Jack the Ripper, the notorious serial killer from the late 1800s in England, may finally be known. A DNA forensic investigation published this month by two British researchers in the Journal of Forensic Science identifies Aaron Kosminski, a 23-year-old Polish barber and prime suspect at the time, as the likely killer. The "semen stains match the sequences of one of the main police suspects, Aaron Kosminski," said the study authored by Jari Louhelainen of Liverpool John Moores University and David Miller of the University of Leeds.



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"The study's authors conducted genetic testing of blood and ----- on a shawl found near the body of Catherine Eddowes, the killer's fourth victim, whose badly mutilated body was discovered on Sept. 30, 1888."

#1 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-03-18 05:42 PM | Reply

can't wait for the movie. you know it's coming.

#2 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2019-03-19 05:58 PM | Reply

Damn! Foiled again! I bet my money on the butcher.

#3 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-03-19 06:11 PM | Reply

Don't believe the hype: We may never know the identity of Jack the Ripper

...A new DNA analysis of stains on a silk shawl that may have belonged to one of Jack the Ripper's victims concluded that the killer was a Polish barber named Aaron Kosminski, according to a paper published last week in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. But other scientists are already calling into question the paper's bombshell conclusions -- and they're not exactly mincing words....

While the authors claim this is "the most systematic and most advanced genetic analysis to date regarding the Jack the Ripper murders," their work has not been well received, either back in 2014 or now. Geneticist and popular-science writer Adam Rutherford, author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived (among other tomes), interviewed Louhelainen at the time of the book's publication for BBC Inside Science. "I asked him if this evidence would stand up in court if the murder had taken place recently, and he said 'no,'" Rutherford tweeted. "So why do we even vaguely consider that 130 years later it would be valid?" Turi King, a geneticist at the University of Leicester, whose team did the genome sequencing of Richard III, called the new paper "unpublishable" on Twitter, asking, "How did this ever get past peer review?"

One issue is the lack of conclusive proof that the silk shawl in question actually belonged to Eddowes -- or, even if it did, that she was wearing it when she was murdered. The authors state that it is "purportedly linked" to Eddowes, but that provenance is questionable, according to both Rutherford and King. Furthermore, the authors merely "hypothesize" that the stains are related to blood spatter from the victim and ----- from the killer....

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-03-19 07:03 PM | Reply

Star Trek solved this years ago.

#5 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2019-03-19 07:18 PM | Reply

I believe the evidence is inconclusive but I'm a historian not a biologist.

Where's JPW?

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2019-03-19 08:02 PM | Reply

This doesn't seem to be conclusive. #4 NW, Lamp.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-19 08:13 PM | Reply



#8 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2019-03-19 10:55 PM | Reply

White guy can't be the killer.

-Make America Russian Again hat wearers

#9 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-03-19 10:58 PM | Reply

Jack is dead!!!!!!!!!

#10 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-03-20 11:34 AM | Reply

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