The case of “Jack the Ripper” has been covered in mystery ever since it happened in the 1880s, with many individuals, over the last century, trying to shed light on his identity. Jack the Ripper, such was the nickname given to a ruthless serial killer in East London decades ago, having so far remained unidentified. A British businessman-amateur detective, Russel Edwards, has recently written a book claiming that Jack the Ripper was a Polish immigrant going by the name of Aaron Kosminski. His work has received criticism from those who claim that it is not up to the level of peer-reviewed papers though.
Though the identity of ‘Jack the Ripper’ has remained unknown for so long, the ‘personage’ together with the nickname sure became famous – ‘Jack the Ripper’ is still being talked about now, more than a century after he died. Perhaps, the mystery of his identity is the very reason that has made him so famous. Well, that and the gruesome serial murders that have been ascribed to him.
The story dates back to the early 1880s when London was being haunted by a serial killer who would target female prostitutes, killing them to later mutilate their bodies. The victims would have their throats cut. Thereafter, their organs situated in the abdomen area would be meticulously removed. The notoriety associated with the nickname has not dimmed, as people are still drawn to the mystery of it, while the murderer himself remained so far unidentified. But, not anymore, or so claims British businessman, Russel Edwards.
Russel Edwards related to the Daily Mail that he has unveiled the mystery of Jack the Ripper. He claims that the latter is a certain Aaron Kosminski, who was a Polish immigrant. The amateur detective-‘Ripperologist’, explains how he came to his conclusion in his book “Naming Jack the Ripper”.
The polish man, Aaron Kosminski, featured in the list of suspects for five similar murders in London’s East End. He was born in Poland in 1865, and later moved to London in the 1880s. Some time after the murders, he was registered in a mental asylum where he died of gangrene in 1919. He had also been allegedly identified as the murderer by a witness.
One of the hints on which Edwards worked on was a shawl that had been found at the crime scene of the murder of the fourth victim, Catherine Eddowes. Edwards bought the shawl from the relative of a police officer who had taken the item home. The ‘Ripperlogist’ writes in his book that the shawl was not even washed. The DNA test he carried out on it showed that the blood spots that were on it belonged to Eddowes. Another biological fluid was also spotted on the shawl, namely semen. The DNA embedded in the semen was compared to a sample of one of Kosminski descendants, as Edwards points out in his book.
Edwards is not the only one to have shown interest in elucidating the mystery of Jack the Ripper. Many have, in the past, attempted to put a name to the notorious murderer. They came with different theories, while the truth has not been irrevocably found.
The work of Edwards has received quite some criticism from others. For instance, it has been argued that Edward’s methodology is lacking since it does not meet the requirements of works to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.