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Polish barber, 23, WAS Jack the Ripper say scientists after they conducted fresh DNA tests on blood-covered shawl found at one of the murder scenes

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 17/03/2019 Jack Elsom For Mailonline

British Library handout picture of the front page of The Illustrated Police News of September 22, 1888, featuring reports of the Jack the Ripper murders, part of the library's newspaper archive. © PA British Library handout picture of the front page of The Illustrated Police News of September 22, 1888, featuring reports of the Jack the Ripper murders, part of the library's newspaper archive. Warning: Some readers may find the some of the detailed descriptions in the content of this article disturbing.

Jack the Ripper has sensationally been revealed as a 23-year-old Polish barber after fresh DNA tests were taken from a blood-stained shawl. 

Aaron Kosminski was the notorious serial killer who hunted on the streets of Victorian London, according to scientists.

a drawing of a person: Aaron Kosminski, a Polish barber, has been revealed as notorious murderer Jack the Ripper, according to scientists © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Aaron Kosminski, a Polish barber, has been revealed as notorious murderer Jack the Ripper, according to scientists New evidence finds that two sets of DNA traces on the clothing matches that of both Kosminski and one of his murdered victims Catherine Eddowes.

The Polish immigrant lived with his two brothers and a sister in Greenfield Street, just 200 yards from where his third victim, Elizabeth Stride, was killed. 

The identity was confirmed by researchers from Liverpool John Moores University who shared their findings in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

New evidence finds that two sets of DNA traces on a blood-stained shawl owned by Russell Edwards (pictured) matches that of both Kosminski and one of his murdered victims Catherine Eddowes © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited New evidence finds that two sets of DNA traces on a blood-stained shawl owned by Russell Edwards (pictured) matches that of both Kosminski and one of his murdered victims Catherine Eddowes They wrote: 'We describe for the first time systematic, molecular level analysis of the only surviving physical evidence linked to the Jack the Ripper murders.

'Finding both matching profiles in the same piece of evidence enhances the statistical probability of its overall identification and reinforces the claim that the shawl is authentic.'  

a close up of text on a white surface: Eddowes was slaughtered by Kosminski on the night of September 30, 1888 in Mitre Square, Whitechapel, where her kidney was hacked out and her cheeks ripped apart © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Eddowes was slaughtered by Kosminski on the night of September 30, 1888 in Mitre Square, Whitechapel, where her kidney was hacked out and her cheeks ripped apart

Businessman Russell Edwards, 48, who bought the shawl at auction in 2007, contacted the scientists several years ago.

Who were Jack the Ripper's victims in 1888? 

a close up of a building: Jack the Ripper killed at least five women in 1888 in the East End of London © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jack the Ripper killed at least five women in 1888 in the East End of London Mary Ann Nichols was disembowled on Buck's Row.

Annie Chapman's uterus was removed at 29 Hanbury St.

Elizabeth Stride's throat was cut at Duffield's Yard, Berner St.

Catherine Eddowes's uterus and kidney were removed and her cheeks torn on Mitre Square.

Mary Jane Kelly was completely mutilated and her heart was removed at 13 Miller's Court.

It had been found next to Eddowes' body and was stained with what was believed to be her blood.

Eddowes was the second woman to have died at the hands of Jack the Ripper that night - he had slit Elizabeth Stride's throat an hour earlier © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Eddowes was the second woman to have died at the hands of Jack the Ripper that night - he had slit Elizabeth Stride's throat an hour earlier Eddowes was slaughtered by Kosminski on the night of September 30, 1888 in Mitre Square, Whitechapel, where her kidney was hacked out and her cheeks ripped apart. 

The serial killer is then rumoured to have eaten her kidney in a revolting and twisted act of pride.

Eddowes was the second woman to have died at the hands of Jack the Ripper that night - he had slit Elizabeth Stride's throat an hour earlier.  

Kominski was linked to the notorious killer in 2014 when Dr Jari Louhelainen, one of the authors in this week's paper, studied the same shawl.

But his claims were rubbished by other scientists who said made he made an 'error of nomenclature' in his analysis.

The 130-year mystery of the murderer's identity continued, but these new findings appear to have finally unmasked the villain.   

Gallery: The mystery of 'Jack the Ripper' - 130 years on (Mirrorpix)

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