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New DNA Findings May Reveal Identity Of Jack The Ripper

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We want to tell you about a murder mystery, more than 100 years in the making. You may have heard the claims Jack the Ripper has finally been identified using DNA evidence,. But is the process behind the supposed discovery reliable? CNN's Erin McLaughlin takes a closer look at the 126-year-old evidence that could crack the case of Jack the Ripper "The killer kneeled by her right side, produced a long thick very sharp blade about eight inches long and stuck it into her left side of her neck," says Mick Priestley, the Jack the Ripper tour guide. Catherine Edowess is known as Jack the Ripper's fourth victim. "The original report would say the killer had attempted to behead her," says the tour guide That was 1888. Tourists still visit the spot where police discovered the 46-year-old's mangled body. Now, the mystery of who killed Catherine Edowess and up to 10 others may finally have been solved. Author Russell Edwards says he has definitive proof Jack the Ripper was 23-year-old Polish immigrant Aaron Kosminki. "He was committed shortly after the murders to (inaudible) asylum after being diagnosed with mania," says Edwards. Edwards bought this shoal, believed to have belonged to Catherine Edowess, at an auction. He claims DNA tests show a shawl found at the murder scene contains Kosminki's semen and Endowess' blood. He says it took him and other scientists over seven years to match the stains on the shawl to their descendant's DNA. "This is the only piece of evidence left from the scene or any scene of the Jack the Ripper murders," Edwards says. "This is where Catherine Eddows mutilated body was found," says CNN's Erin McLaughlin. "But it wasn't for another hundred years that the shawl with the DNA actually surfaced. One of the many reasons some experts doubt that it points to Aaron Kosminki as Jack the Ripper." "There's no record of where this shawl apparently came from. The policeman who apparently found it isn't mentioned in any documents," says tour guide Mick Priestley. "The actual science tests that they did on it were under questionable conditions. It's the latest in a long line of Ripper yarns." "To the people who do not believe your findings who think you have not found Jack the Ripper," says McLaughlin. "Let them read the book," Edwards says. "No matter how iron clad any evidence will be, there will always be someone to doubt because this myth is a myth, and it will always be perpetuated by those that like to perpetuate it." "It seems incredably unlikely that any evidence will come forward at this point to prove, once and for all, who he actually might have been," Priestley says. Perpetuate it, and make money off of it. "So for the rest of time, that is Jack the Ripper," Edwards says. Some say that as long as the mystery remains unsolved, Jack's memory will continue to stalk the streets of London.

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