The story behind Naming Jack the Ripper

08 July 2013

Jari’s experience working with crime enforcement agencies and training crime scene investigators meant he recognized the pattern. The white spots on the shawl that I, in my ignorance, had put down to the ageing process were in fact bloodstains, ‘consistent with arterial blood spatter caused by slashing . . .’

Bringing together ground-breaking forensic discoveries – including vital DNA evidence – and gripping historical detective work, Naming Jack the Ripper constructs the first truly convincing case for identifying the world’s most notorious serial killer.
In 2007, businessman Russell Edwards bought a shawl believed to have been left beside the body of fourth victim, Catherine Eddowes. He knew that, if genuine, the shawl would be the only piece of crime-scene evidence still in existence. It was the start of an extraordinary seven-year quest for Russell, as he sought to authenticate the shawl and learn its secrets. He had no idea this journey would take him so far.
After undergoing extensive forensic testing by one of the country’s top scientists, the shawl was not only shown to be genuine, stained with Catherine Eddowes’ blood, but in a massive breakthrough the killer’s DNA was also discovered – DNA that would allow Russell to finally put a name to Jack the Ripper . . . It's Aaron Kosminski.