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Naming Jack the Ripper : new crime scene evidence : a stunning forensic breakthrough : the killer revealed
Edwards, Russell, 1966- , author.
First Lyons Press edition.
Publication Information:
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

Physical Description:
312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 cm
Bringing together groundbreaking forensic discoveries--including viable DNA evidence--and gripping historical detective work, this book 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 the 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-yeur quest for Russell, as he sought to authenticate the shawl and learn at 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, and stained with the victim's 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.--From publisher description.
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Includes index.
From Birkenhead to Brick Lane -- A murderer strikes in Whitechapel -- A nameless midnight terror--the deaths of Mary Ann Nichols and Annie Chapman -- A murderer interrupted--the death of Elizabeth Stride -- From hell--the death of Catherine Eddowes -- Murder most ghastly--the death of Mary Jane Kelly -- The history of the shawl -- Finding human blood -- Finding DNA -- Narrowing down the suspects -- Who was Aaron Kosminski? -- Catching the Ripper.
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After 125 years of theorizing and speculation regarding the identity of Jack the Ripper, Russell Edwards is in the unique position of owning the first physical evidence relating to the crimes to have emerged since 1888. This evidence is from one of the crime scenes, and has now been rigorously examined by some of the most highly-qualified forensic scientists in the country who have ascertained its true provenance. With the help of modern forensic techniques, Russell's ground-breaking discoveries provide conclusive answers to many of the most challenging mysterious surrounding the case.

Author Notes

Russell Edwards has a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Middlesex University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Westminster University. He is currently managing director of Alexander Grace (Land Assets) Ltd in the UK, a company which he founded in 2009. It enables underprivileged youths to train in modern agriculture techniques and to develop initiative and creativity. His personal interests include cinema, theatre, fitness, architecture and interior design ̶ and London history, which is how he came to research Victorian London's East End and the crimes of Jack the Ripper. He lives with his wife Sally and their two children in Hadley Wood, North London. Dr. Jari Louhelainen is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK, as well as Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Helsinki. He has two major lines of research at Liverpool: mammalian/medical genetics, working with their sports science department of the university; and forensics, working with the forensics department. In his resume on the Liverpool John Moores University website, his expertise in the forensic area includes 'determination of age of forensic samples', 'new methods for forensic imaging applications of Next Generation sequencing for forensics' and 'human identification using novel genetic methods'.