It has taken 126 years to reveal the identity of the man known as Jack the Ripper. Who was it? The killer was a prime suspect at the time but there was not enough evidence to link this man to the crime until now.
First of all, Jack the Ripper was not Queen Victoria’s doctor. He was not a prominent politician by the name of Gladstone, nor was he the Duke of Clarence. Not one of the many hundreds of suspects that have been named at one time or the other was in fact Jack the Ripper.
The man who has been named, and identified through DNA analysis was the hairdresser (barber?) Aaron Kosminski, a Polish Jew immigrant who was schizophrenic.
The exciting thing about the naming of Jack the Ripper, and finally solving this cold case was how it all came about, and that was a shawl found at the scene of the murder of Catherine Eddowes. The shawl was a Michaelmas shawl, and it is doubtful that she could have afforded to purchase this item. The shawl ended up in the family of a policeman who had been at the scene. The blood of Catherine Eddowes was on the shawl, and so was some other DNA evidence.
The current owner of the shawl had a microbiologist, who has worked on DNA from cold cases, examine the shawl to see if he could extract DNA. As a result of his efforts, he was able to extract DNA and compare this to a living descendent of Catherine Eddowes. There was something else on the shawl: semen. A female descendant of the killer’s sister provided a DNA sample. In both cases there was a 100% match that first of all linked the shawl to the crime scene as well as finding evidence that has allowed the naming of the man who is Jack the Ripper.
The Daily Mail has the whole story and if you have ever been intrigued by the story surrounding the Whitechapel Road murders, and the identity of the killer, then this report will provide all of the answers.