He is one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, and even 126-years-later people are still captivated by the mystery surrounded the man who butchered five people in England from August 31, 1888 to November 9, 188. It’s also believed that he could have killed at least six more. Well, it looks like an amateur detective has solved the mystery. Jack the Ripper is being positively identified as Polish born Aaron Kosminski.
Russell Edwards purchased a bloody shawl belonging to one of the murder victims at an auction earlier this year. He took he shawl to leading DNA expert, Dr. Jari Louhelainen, who discovered that some of the blood on the shawl did not belong to the victim…but to an unknown man. Together, they used leading DNA equipment and scientific technology to match the unknown blood with some DNA belonging to Jack the Ripper victim descendants and suspects. As it turns out, the blood showed “beyond the shadow of a doubt” that the blood belongs to Aaron Kosminski.
Aaron Kosminski was a Polish born man living in East London during the time of the murders. He originally worked as a hair dresser, but was eventually institutionalized at Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum in 1891 after three violent outburst. He was initially named as a suspect, described as having “strong homicidal tendencies” and it was rumored that he had been spotted at the scene of the crime, but the witness was Jewish and refused to testify against someone who was also Jewish.