Russell Edwards’ Naming Jack the Ripper details the years of dedicated historical and scientific research that has gone into proving that Aaron Kosminski was Jack the Ripper. Four Communications’ cultural practice Four Colman Getty has been managing PR for Naming Jack the Ripper, Russell Edwards’ first book.
Edwards’ conclusions are based on new DNA evidence extracted from a Victorian shawl he bought at an auction. The shawl had been taken by a policeman from the murder scene of Jack the Ripper’s fourth victim, Catherine Eddowes, on 30 September 1888. Since then, aside from a few years in Scotland Yard’s Black Museum, it had been safely stored away by the direct descendants of that policeman.
Dr Jari Louhelainen of Liverpool John Moores University was able to recover DNA samples from stains on the shawl. When tested, these matched the descendants of both Catherine Eddowes and her killer, Polish-born Aaron Kosminski. Kosminski had been on the list of credible suspects at the time of the Ripper murders, and was later institutionalised.
Russell Edwards’ Naming Jack the Ripper was published on Tuesday 9 September. It received coverage and sparked debate in national print and online media.
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