Shawl that nailed Polish Lunatic Aaron Kosminski and the Forensic expert that made the critical match

By Dr Jari Louhelainen When Russell Edwards first approached me in 2011, I wasn’t aware of the massive levels of interest in the Ripper case, as I’m a scientist originally from Finland. But by early this year, when I realised we were on the verge of making a big discovery, working on the shawl had taken over my life, occupying me from early in the morning until late at night. It has taken a great deal of hard work, using cutting-edge scientific techniques which would not have been possible five years ago. To extract DNA samples from the stains on
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Russell Edwards Lectures at Wolverhampton University

Russell Edwards and Dr Jari Louhelainen, Senior Lecturer of Molecular Biology were honoured to be invited to present their story to Wolverhampton University last week.  The story runs along-side the unvailing of Wolverhampton Civil and Historical Society unveiling their sponsored plaque for Catherine Eddowes who lived nearby at 20 Merridale Street, Graiseley Green.  Catherine Eddowes was of course murdered by Jack the Ripper on 30th September 1888 in Whitechapel. You can read more about Catherine Eddowes by visiting our victims page Save
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