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For those that are interested. Looks like we finally have a face and name. 126 years later...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2746321/Jack-Ripper-...
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Interesting if legitimate... But there have been several books before claiming to have solved the case so I would like to see this stand scrutiny for a while.
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Agreed. It is the Daily Mail so take with a grain of salt.
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Hasn't he been identified over and over again ?
Mankind will never find out, who he really was...
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I remember a quote from a book on the Ripper I read. Went something along the lines of when "when judgment day comes and all are called to account, and Jack The Ripper stands up and says "It was me" we may all look at him and go "who?"
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The title of this thread should be "Daily Mail Says Jack the Ripper Identified!" That would put the "discovery" in proper context.
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Aldaron wrote:
The title of this thread should be "Daily Mail Says Jack the Ripper Identified!" That would put the "discovery" in proper context.
What part of their article would be most under dispute?
 
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The part about a book being published appears real, it's listed for preorder on Amazon and comes out in 2 days.

So, there seems to be a good chance that the article is intended to boost book sales and my personal feeling is that by selecting such a short lead time they remove any chance of being widely discredited until after people buy the book.

Until their DNA analysis and procedures can be reviewed, validated, and REPEATED, you can't count this as being accurate.

I wasn't aware of the Daily Mail's reputation - is this a tabloid type paper?
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http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2014/09/jack_the_r...

Apparently this...
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For those who don't allow their computer to visit Daily Fail sites here's the Mirror's take on things: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jack-ripper-murder-myst...

The only concern is that the protagonist has obviously sunk quite a bit of money into buying the shawl and so has quite the vested interest (and possibly a book?).
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The news appeared in The Guardian too.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/08/jack-the-ripp...
 
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dboeren wrote:
I wasn't aware of the Daily Mail's reputation - is this a tabloid type paper?


Worse.
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Not saying the man is a liar, but I will it is a wonderful way to sell a book. Many people will buy it, and pour countless hours into disproving him. If they do, by that time, he'll have made plenty of money.
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Here's the thing...

He claims that they identified Jack by DNA matching of semen stains on the shawl. A shawl that belongs to a hooker. Someone who is basically in the business of collecting semen stains.

Even if the DNA match is valid (I feel there is a good chance that it isn't given the source and prior unsuccessful DNA analysis), the most it could prove is that Kosminski was probably one of her many customers but that's a far cry from proving that he was the kill.
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dboeren wrote:
Here's the thing...

He claims that they identified Jack by DNA matching of semen stains on the shawl. A shawl that belongs to a hooker. Someone who is basically in the business of collecting semen stains.

Even if the DNA match is valid (I feel there is a good chance that it isn't given the source and prior unsuccessful DNA analysis), the most it could prove is that Kosminski was probably one of her many customers but that's a far cry from proving that he was the kill.

If you read the whole article, the shawl was not hers but allegedly given to her by Kosminski. The shawl was linked to the holiday and dates.
 
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I did, but as far as I can tell this is not proven - it is just a claim the author makes. While it seems plausible that the shawl could have been a bit expensive for her to afford, that is scarcely airtight. It could have been a gift from anyone else, inherited, etc... Being a holiday themed shawl is a good find, but still insufficient to prove it was given by Kosminski.
 
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dboeren wrote:
I did, but as far as I can tell this is not proven - it is just a claim the author makes. While it seems plausible that the shawl could have been a bit expensive for her to afford, that is scarcely airtight. It could have been a gift from anyone else, inherited, etc... Being a holiday themed shawl is a good find, but still insufficient to prove it was given by Kosminski.

Well, the whole thing isn't proven except by these two. The assertion appears to that there wasn't a plethora of sperm samples, though they don't say it outright. Sounds like just the two of them showed up as DNA.
 
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