Circumstantial evidence at best.

Finnish geneticist helps identify Jack the Ripper

A British newspaper claims that ground-breaking DNA testing proves beyond doubt that the enigmatic Victorian serial killer was Polish-born hairdresser Aaron Kosminski. The forensic techniques that led to the breakthrough were developed and carried out by world-renowned scientist Dr Jari Louhelainen.

The Illustrated London Newsissa 13. lokakuuta 1888 julkaistu Aaron Kosminskia esittävä piirros.
An image from the Illustrated London News in 1888, during the time of the murders, entitled “A Suspicious Character”. Image: Wikimedia Commons

A world-renowned Finnish scientist has used revolutionary forensic techniques to prove the true identity of Jack the Ripper, a British newspaper claimed on Sunday.

Dr Jari Louhelainen, an expert in analysing historical genetic evidence from crime scenes, was approached by self-proclaimed “armchair detective” Russell Edwards to help solve a murder mystery that has baffled criminologists for over 100 years.

Louhelainen and Edwards claim that DNA testing now proves beyond reasonable doubt that the true identity of Jack the Ripper, accused of a string of brutal murders in Victorian east London, is Polish-born hairdresser Aaron Kosminski.

The DNA breakthrough, which was revealed in UK newspaper the Daily Mail and will be set out in a forthcoming book, was made on the basis of samples taken from a blood-stained shawl believed to belong to one of the Ripper’s victims, Catherine Eddowes.

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