Jack the Ripper named after Bury St Edmunds auction house sale of shawl

The shawl worn by Catherine Beddowes central to a new book on Jack the Ripper ANL-140809-173904001
The shawl worn by Catherine Beddowes central to a new book on Jack the Ripper ANL-140809-173904001

A bloodstained shawl auctioned by Lacey Scott & Knight is at the centre of a new book which claims to have solved the Jack the Ripper murders.

Blood analysis from the shawl bought by the book’s author Russell Edwards has linked the DNA to that of the female descendants of polish hairdresser Aaron Kosminski, one of the suspects at the time.

The shawl was sold by the family of Pc Amos Simpson who attended the scene of the murder of Catherine Eddowes one of the prostitutes who fell victim to the Ripper’s killing spree in East London in 1888.

The story has it that Amos gave the shawl to his wife who was a dressmaker but she was so horrified she put it away. It remained in the family until 2007 when it was sold through Lacey Scott. Mr Edwards book, Naming Jack The Ripper, tells how he was helped by forensic scientist Dr Jari Louhelainen an expert in historic DNA analysis who identified Kosminski.

Edward Crighton from Lacey Scott & Knight said: “We see all sorts of weird and wonderful items but the shawl having such a strong connection to such a famous unsolved murder must have been our most macabre sale.”