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Naming Jack the Ripper: The Biggest Forensic Breakthrough Since 1888

Naming Jack the Ripper: The Biggest Forensic Breakthrough Since 1888 [Kindle Edition]

Russell Edwards
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Bringing together ground-breaking forensic discoveries - including vital DNA evidence - and gripping historical detective work, Naming Jack the Ripper 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-year quest for Russell as he sought to authenticate the shawl and learn its secrets. He had no idea that 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 Catherine Eddowes' 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 . . .

About the Author

Russell Edwards is a businessman and property developer who has long been fascinated by the East End of London and by the crimes of Jack the Ripper. He lives in Hertfordshire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12815 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (9 Sep 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LB89OXY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly, one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts." So sayeth Sherlock Holmes, a quotation appropriate, in my estimation, not only in summarizing the content of 'Naming Jack The Ripper', but for those innumerable impressions throughout this book that the author's methods were, unfortunately, comparable to those fictional Scotland Yard inspectors so confident of the laughably erroneous conclusions they often leapt to.

There was so much wrong with this supposedly scientific analysis of the known facts and "new" crime scene "evidence", it automatically becomes clear as to the main reason why Mr Edwards chose to conduct his research in a proverbial bubble, alienating himself from other scientific experts and Ripperologists, when pooling collective insights might have been a tremendous advantage. His forensic analysis of the shawl he claims was discovered at the scene of Catherine Eddowes murder (even though this finding contradicts the official police report) was not even conducted by a forensic specialist - that being said, I do not mean to cast doubt upon the credentials of the scientist he did use - and was carried out in exclusive privacy. No one, save the author and Dr Jari, were in attendance or privy to these results.

Furthermore, if one reads closely, there are several instances of bending the truth on the author's part, namely, how he dishonestly refers to one of the stains as semen, when in fact Dr Jari has concluded it is no such thing. What /was/ allegedly found were squamous cells (pg.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not necessarily "case closed" 16 Sep 2014
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In my near two decade obsession with the Jack The Ripper murders I have read dozens of books on the subject featuring almost as many suspects.

It is with a somewhat cynical mind, then, that I approach any new book on the subject. If you are to believe the newspaper headlines prior to this book's publication Russell Edwards has finally nailed the killer once and for all...and he has the DNA to prove it.

The book follows a traditional format for these things. A teasing introduction is followed by an overview of the murders and their victims before tackling the information that leads you to why this authors particular suspect is the man we've all been looking for.

The writing is fine although too often the author tells you too much about his personal life. Not in a lurid sense but details you'll probably have little interest in. By the time you've had the eighth or ninth description of a loose personal connection to the Ripper story or a coincidence of being in a Ripper related place just as that all important text message with new information is received you might just be starting to believe that its too good to be true.

Aaron Kosminski just happens to be the name told to him by someone at Scotland Yard's museum. He just happens to join a gym and meet someone claiming to be Kosminski's descendant. How many coincidences or strokes of good luck become too many?

The DNA section, discussing what was done to Catherine Eddowes shawl is extensive and relatively easy to follow for the layman. The information is hard to "disprove" however fortunate you may think the author was to peg Kosminski as his main suspect and then find evidence that pointed to him.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SHAWLY NOT ANOTHER RIPPER BOOK!!!! 18 Sep 2014
Let me say at once that I have been interested in The Whitechapel Murders for around 40 years and have read most of the literature, followed each new fashionable theory (doctors; Druitt; Clarence etc). I have participated in "Casebook" discussions and would describe myself as a knowledgable amateur.
I found this book a disappointing addition to the library of books on the subject. I had seen the media reports and was interested to see more detail, but remained sceptical.
When it arrived, the book proved NOT to be very demanding or deep, there is no bibliography and it is unclear how far the author understands his subject. In the discussion of Clarence /prince eddy as a suspect he does not appear to understand what "court circulars" are (one example). Discussions with the curator of the "Black Museum" at Scotland Yard are "reconstructed" with what degree of accuracy is unclear. There are unsubstantiated hints that Scotland Yard has more information, though what, where it might be, its credibility etc is left unsaid.
In recent decades "Ripperology" has gained respectability with more scholarly books (Begg, Fido, Evans, House, Sugden, Rumbelow would be examples) replacing the old journalistic sensationalism. We are used to footnotes and some degree of analysis that goes beyond the superficial. You will find none of that here.
Instead we get much "padding" about the purchase of the shawl, the author's career etc etc. That he is a self-proclaimed entrepreneur should, I believe put any reader on his or her guard. the author is not detached or dispassionate.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The new autobiography of Russell Edwards
If you want to read the autobiography of Russell Edwards with a few smidgens of Jack the Ripper dotted throughout then this is the book for you! Read more
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Published 10 days ago by George Twomey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book shedding light on an infamous case.
Published 11 days ago by Mrplanet
5.0 out of 5 stars Took it on holiday and was a great read for the beach
Very entertaining and informative read.
Took it on holiday and was a great read for the beach.
Enjoyable read.
Published 11 days ago by elaine Potters Bar
5.0 out of 5 stars ripping read
great price great book on a subject i have been very intrested in for years would recommend this book to everyone intrested in the ripper
Published 13 days ago by Mr. R. White
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read.
Nigel Collier's review summed the book up excellently, in my opinion. I would give it an extra star, as I think Edwards' work deserves credit. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jenny Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A great insight into this ever fascinating story which seems to ...
A great insight into this ever fascinating story which seems to be finally solved. Despite the gruesome subject matter, this is a page turning read which I really enjoyed.
Published 14 days ago by miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping good read. Forensic detail I found fascinating
Ripping good read. Forensic detail I found fascinating . I for one think he has found the truth. I have recommended this book already to loads of people. Brilliant.
Published 16 days ago by Yvon
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