The Search Continues
Jack the Ripper Is Still at Large
Armchair sleuths have been competing for years to determine the identity of one of the most notorious serial killers. But they’re still far from answering: who was Jack the Ripper?
The Daily Mail broke a story that, if it could be proved accurate, would probably qualify as the paper’s biggest scoop in more than a century.
In a lengthy “exclusive” timed to coincide with the release of his new book Naming Jack the Ripper, Russell Edwards—a London businessman and self-described “armchair detective”—claims to have unmasked the true identity of modern history’s most famous serial killer.
Using DNA pulled from a shawl he'd purchased purportedly belonging to the Ripper’s fourth victim, Catherine Eddowes, Edwards and a molecular biologist named Dr. Jari Louhelainen present what they say is “definitive proof” that Aaron Kosminski—a Polish emigre and early Ripper suspect—was responsible for the series of heinous murders that took place in the Whitechapel section of London in the autumn of 1888.