May 19, 2006 at 1:03 am #2018AnnabellaParticipant
DNA hints at Jill the Ripper
By Jade Bilowol
May 17, 2006
JACK the Ripper could well be a Jill.
In a bid to crack the identity of one of the greatest murder mysteries of all time, technology developed in Australia has tested 118-year-old DNA the notorious serial killer may have left behind and built a partial female profile. Scientist Ian Findlay today said the partial profile had been created from saliva possibly from the Ripper on the back of stamps on the envelopes of letters sent to London police.
Most of the 600 or so letters claiming to have come from the Ripper ? who butchered at least five prostitutes in London's East End in 1888 ? have been dismissed as hoaxes but a few are thought to be genuine.
Brisbane-based Professor Findlay said he used his method, called Cell Track-ID, capable of extracting and compiling a DNA fingerprint from a single cell or strand of hair up to 160 years old.
It can amplify information from a single cell and is hundreds of times more powerful than DNA profiling techniques used by crime fighting bodies such as the FBI that require at least 200 human cells.
“It's possible the Ripper could be female but the results are inconclusive,” said Prof Findlay, who is the chief scientific officer at the Gribbles Molecular Science forensic lab.May 19, 2006 at 8:46 pm #2592VESTBarbarianParticipant
Then again, the Ripper could have simply had a female lick the envelope for him each time. probably not in an attempt to fool investigators since there was no DNA testing at the time, but simply as part of the perversion whcih turned him (or her?) against women to begin with.
But this is still very interesting and I wouldn't attempt to discredit it completely just yet.May 20, 2006 at 6:30 am #2593RazorwolfParticipant
Then again, given how inconclusive and tenuous the results were, it could still be that the DNA wasn't female at all, particularly given that it's not a certainty that these letters are actually from the Ripper in the first place. Still, an interesting idea. It'd be interesting to see if they're able to come up with any developments from here.
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