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Jack the Ripper Was Polish-born Aaron Kosminski

So reports the Mail on Sunday, in an exclusive.

It is the greatest murder mystery of all time, a puzzle that has perplexed criminologists for more than a century and spawned books, films and myriad theories ranging from the plausible to the utterly bizarre.

But now, thanks to modern forensic science, The Mail on Sunday can exclusively reveal the true identity of Jack the Ripper, the serial killer responsible for  at least five grisly murders in Whitechapel in East London during the autumn of 1888.

DNA evidence has now  shown beyond reasonable doubt which one of six key suspects commonly cited in connection with the Ripper’s reign of terror was the actual killer –- and we reveal his identity.

The Mail continues:

The revelation puts an end to the fevered speculation over the Ripper’s identity which has lasted since his murderous rampage in the most impoverished and dangerous streets of London.

In the intervening century, a Jack the Ripper industry has grown up, prompting a dizzying array of more than 100 suspects, including Queen Victoria’s grandson –- Prince Albert Victor, the Duke of Clarence –- the post-Impressionist painter Walter Sickert, and the former Liberal Prime Minister William Gladstone.

And what put an end to that “fevered speculation?” Science. Science, my friends.

I can’t wait for the next installment of science-is-awesome. To learn more about today’s, click here.

Michael R. Strain — Michael R. Strain is the director of economic-policy studies and the Arthur F. Burns Scholar in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute.  

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