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Forensic Investigation of a Shawl Linked to the "Jack the Ripper" Murders.

Authors
  • Louhelainen, Jari1
  • Miller, David2
  • 1 Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, James Parsons Building Byrom Street, Room 10.06, Liverpool, L3 3AF, UK.
  • 2 Reproduction and Early Development Group, Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics, University of Leeds, Clarendon Way, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of forensic sciences
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Volume
65
Issue
1
Pages
295–303
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.14038
PMID: 30859587
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

A set of historic murders, known as the "Jack the Ripper murders," started in London in August 1888. The killer's identity has remained a mystery to date. Here, we describe the investigation of, to our knowledge, the only remaining physical evidence linked to these murders, recovered from one of the victims at the scene of the crime. We applied novel, minimally destructive techniques for sample recovery from forensically relevant stains on the evidence and separated single cells linked to the suspect, followed by phenotypic analysis. The mtDNA profiles of both the victim and the suspect matched the corresponding reference samples, fortifying the link of the evidence to the crime scene. Genomic DNA from single cells recovered from the evidence was amplified, and the phenotypic information acquired matched the only witness statement regarded as reliable. To our knowledge, this is the most advanced study to date regarding this case. © 2019 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

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