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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Has the identity of 'Jack the Ripper' been revealed?

A DNA study on ancient stuff, finally able to unravel the mystery of a serial killer in London, who has become a myth for more than 120 years.

In 1888, the murder of five women terrorized residents of Whitechapel district of London. Although various investigations have been carried out, the culprit behind the famous murderer with the name Jack the Ripper was still dark.
A newspaper picture depicting the death of Catherine Eddowes. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/YETPEO)
However, eventually the detection of DNA sequence in an ancient shawl be able to uncover who was the mysterious serial killer in that time. The sadistic killer known as the 19th century Polish immigrants.

As reported of The Independent, Monday, September 8, 2014, the results of DNA studies mentioned Aaron Kosminski, a Polish Jew known as the mastermind behind a series of mysterious murders. Kosminski at that time migrated to London, to escape from the serial killer.
A newspaper report on the Jack the Ripper mystery. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/YETPEO)
Known, Kosminski while butchering his victims aged 23 years and then died at the age of 53 years in a mental hospital.

"I have the only forensic evidence in the entire history of the case. I have spent 14 years working, and we have definitely solved the mystery of Jack the Ripper. Only unbelievers who want to perpetuate the myth that will not hesitate. Now, we have opened his cover," said Russell Edwards, the author of the latest speculation book of this serial killer.
The key of Kosminski's guise is an old shawl which was purchased by Edwards in 2007 from the auction in Bury St Edmund, Suffolk. The shawl was claimed as a large piece of cloth found at the scene of the murder of Catherine Eddowes, known as one of the victims of Jack the Ripper.

The shawl also has a letter to 'prove' it from a descent of Sergeant Amos Simpson, the police officer were on duty the night when Eddowes was killed. Known, it is then brought by Simpson and then given to his wife.

Given horrified by the bloody scarf, Simpson's wife never wear or wash it. By his wife, the shawl was kept and became the family heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation and eventually sold to the auction site.
Russell Edwards (left) and Dr Jari Louhelainen looking at a shawl found by the body of Catherine Eddowes. (Picture from: http://ind.pn/1vqUC77)
To ensure that scarf is key,  Edward tracing the surviving descent of Eddowes and Kosminski offspring DNA sequences and found two men in accordance with the DNA samples were recovered from an ancient shawl. Mentioned, the DNA on the scarf may be came from Eddowes blood or Kosminski seminal fluid.

Certainty the suitability of DNA was aided by Jari Louhelainen, a molecular biologist of John Moores University Liverpool.

Responding to the doubt of possibility of cross-contamination while testing the DNA sequences in the laboratory, Louhelainen convincing during the study, has implemented procedures to avoid the possibility of cross-contamination.

Louhelainen and Edward also claimed to work with the 'blind' samples to make sure they know where the samples were analyzed. In fact, the researchers claimed have conducted a copy testing in two different laboratories.

Unfortunately, so far Louhelainen not publish the study results in a scientific journal, so it was impossible to verify the claims or analysis of the study methodology.

Although Louhelainen studies have a very strong claim to uncover the mysterious butcher, another scientist ie Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, doubted that claim. Jeffreys was known as the inventor of DNA fingerprinting technique 30 years ago.

"An extraordinary claim, but it is necessary to study by other experts (peer review of), with a detailed analysis of the origin of the scarf and the nature of the DNA conformance claim descent actor, there is no actual evidence that was available at this time," said Sir Alec.

Sir Alec asserted, the study was not to uncover the mystery of the murder, because it had long since Kosminski strongly suspected as the mastermind behind the murder.

"If my memory is correct, when I visited the Black Museum at New Scotland Yard, Kosminski has long been regarded as the most likely the murder perpetrators," he said.

If so, who's the real 'Jack the Ripper' will remain a mystery and needs further research to uncover. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE INDEPENDENT]
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