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Anyone interested in Victorian Crime should read this story!

The Daily Mail has claimed that modern-day DNA techniques have been used to identity Jack the Ripper. Long story short, a self-proclaimed “amateur sleuth” named Russell Edwards took possession of a scarf that was supposedly found next to Ripper victim Catherine Eddowes. The scarf in question has a large blood stain on it. Edwards involved genetic expert Dr Jari Louhelainen, who used a vacuuming technique to remove blood from the scarf, and compared these samples to ones donated by the descendants of Catherine Eddowes, and those of Aaron Kosminski – the man who the Daily Mail has now identified as Jack the Ripper.  Kosminski was one of the original suspects in the Ripper case.

Check out the link below for the full story. As I’m a historian, and not a scientist, I can’t really speak to the legitimacy of the scientific tests, but it should be interesting to see how this new claim adds to the debate surrounding the Ripper mystery.

Via the Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2746321/Jack-Ripper-unmasked-How-amateur-sleuth-used-DNA-breakthrough-identify-Britains-notorious-criminal-126-years-string-terrible-murders.html

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