The True Identity of Jack the Ripper Finally Confirmed

Jack the Ripper
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Forensics scientists, after 126 years, have finally figured out the true identity of one of the most famous and most mysterious killers in history — Jack the Ripper.

Unless your history teachers skipped the really morbid, but undeniably interesting parts of history, you would know that “Jack the Ripper” was a killer who brutally murdered five prostitutes in London, England in 1888.

He would kill them by acting as a customer to these unfortunate ladies of the night, and then he would take out his blade to slash and “rip” them up, earning him his nick name. He was so clever about it, that detectives and police were unable to track him down.

Jack the Ripper — AKA — Aaron Kosminski!



He was a polish immigrant, and one of the prime suspects in the investigation to find Jack the Ripper. He was a barber, and was committed to an insane asylum in 1891. London police were never able to properly confirm that Aaron was indeed Jack the Ripper, as the trail had gone cold, and they were only left with a mad man. Kosminski died in 1919 before they could ever solve the case.

Thanks to modern forensics, scientists were able to confirm his identity from the DNA left on a shawl from one of his victims, Catherine Eddowes. The shawl contained trace amounts of her DNA, as well as that of another person. They were able to confirm without a doubt, that the second DNA was that of Aaron Kosminski.

Russell Edwards bought the shawl in 2007, and enlisted the help of expert molecular biologist, Jari Louhelainen, in identifying the DNA on the shawl. He already suspected Kosminski as without a doubt, the real Jack the Ripper. This was their chance to solve an over one century old mystery. Today, September 8th, marks the anniversary of the death of Annie Chapman, Jack the Ripper’s second victim.

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