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Forensic Investigation of a Shawl Linked to the "Jack the Ripper" Murders.

Louhelainen, J and Miller, D (2019) Forensic Investigation of a Shawl Linked to the "Jack the Ripper" Murders. Journal of Forensic Sciences. ISSN 0022-1198

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A set of historic murders, known as the "Jack the Ripper murders," started in London in August 1888. The killer's identity has remained a mystery to date. Here, we describe the investigation of, to our knowledge, the only remaining physical evidence linked to these murders, recovered from one of the victims at the scene of the crime. We applied novel, minimally destructive techniques for sample recovery from forensically relevant stains on the evidence and separated single cells linked to the suspect, followed by phenotypic analysis. The mtDNA profiles of both the victim and the suspect matched the corresponding reference samples, fortifying the link of the evidence to the crime scene. Genomic DNA from single cells recovered from the evidence was amplified, and the phenotypic information acquired matched the only witness statement regarded as reliable. To our knowledge, this is the most advanced study to date regarding this case.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0399 Other Chemical Sciences, 0699 Other Biological Sciences, 1103 Clinical Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions: Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
Publisher: Wiley
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Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2019 09:39
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 09:08
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/1556-4029.14038
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11058
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