Scientists believe they’ve finally identified Jack the Ripper with DNA testing.
Researchers say they’ve finally identified the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper based on DNA evidence.
The man who killed at least five women in the Whitechapel district of London in the late 1800s is believed to be Aaron Kosminski, a 23-year-old Polish barber and prime suspect at the time. The forensic investigation was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Forensic Sciences last week.
The finding could book-end a cold case that’s remained largely a mystery for over 100 years. It also raises questions about what other details could be discovered from other well-known murders and kidnappings.
Here are several other well-known cases from the headlines:
The unsolved murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman prompted today’s AMBER Alert system to help locate missing children. In 1996, Amber was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and later found dead.Amber’s case remains open.
Barbara and Patricia Grimes
Chicago sisters Barbara and Patricia Grimes were on their way to see the Elvis Presley movie “Love Me Tender” in 1956. An extensive search that included a plea from Elvis himself ended when the teenage girls were found nude and frozen to death near Willow Springs, Illinois. A man with mental-health issues was arrested and then released in connection with the murders. The case remains unsolved.
David Faraday and Betty Jensen
The so-called Zodiac Killer, responsible for at least six murders over however many decades, is still unknown. His first victims were David Faraday and Betty Jensen in 1968. Authorities say he fatally shot the pair while they were sitting in a carin California. He went on to murder three others. The last confirmed victim was cabdriver Paul Stine. After fatally shooting him, the killer took pieces of Stine’s shirt and sent it in letters to local news outlets. A killer has yet to be identified.
In the 1970s, bodies of five gay men in San Francisco with similar stab wounds were found around the Ocean Beach area of the city. The first victim was identified as 50-year-old Gerald Cavanaugh, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. At the time, a number of similar assaults of gay, white men occurred in San Francisco. The suspect became known as the “Doodler” because when one of the assault victims met him, he was sketching caricatures. Decades later, police are offering a $100,000 reward in hopes of closing the cold case.
The 6-year-old beauty pageant star was found dead in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado, the day after Christmas in 1996. A prosecutor cleared her parents and brother of any connection to the murder in 2008 based on DNA evidence. No one has been charged in the case and the investigation remains open.
The disappearance of a 3-year-old British girl, who recently became the subject of a Netlfix documentary, remains a mystery. Madeleine McCann vanished from a rental apartment while on vacation in Portugal while her parents ate dinner a few hundred yards away. Netflix’s released its eight-part documentary series “The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann” this year, detailing the investigation.
Ryan Miller and Christal Hayes contributed to this report. Follow Ashley May on Twitter: @AshleyMayTweets
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