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Author claims to have identified Jack the Ripper

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(AP) – Who was Jack the Ripper?

An author and self confesses “armchair detective” is claiming to have solved what is perhaps the most notorious murder mystery of all time.

In his book, “Naming Jack the Ripper,” Russel Edwards reveals what he says is the true identity of the serial killer who killed five women in London almost 130 years ago.

Edwards writes that he was a Polish immigrant who went to London in the early 1880s and was later committed to an insane asylum.

How does he know this? He credits the help of DNA analysis.

"I am a hundred percent certain. Definitive proof. Conclusively proven. Put the case to bed. We've done this," said Edwards. “And to get DNA from the material on there, from both the killer and the victim is phenomenal. And to have it matched is amazing."

"The DNA doesn't really lie so if you have a long stretch of human DNA, that doesn't appear from no where, so that is how sure we can be,” said forensic scientist Dr. Jari Louhelainen.

Edwards says a blood-stained shawl he bought in 2007 after an auction held the vital DNA evidence which led him to the killer. There have been plenty of attempts to figure out the identity of Jack the Ripper over the years.

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