BRITAIN JACK THE RIPPER

A member of staff poses stands in front of a screen showing a short movie about Jack the Ripper during a press preview for the exhibition "Jack the Ripper and the East End" at the Museum in Docklands, London.

(Meredith) -- A new study published last week claims to have used DNA evidence to identify Jack the Ripper, a notorious murderer in London who was never caught.

Jack the Ripper is the name given to the murderer who killed five women in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. The murders famously went unsolved. The study, published in the Journal Of Forensic Sciences, claims to have used DNA evidence to link a victim's clothes to a man named Aaron Kosminski. Kosminski has long been considered a likely suspect, mainly because he was committed to an asylum around the time of the murders for schizophrenia. The new study claims to have linked blood and semen on a silk shawl thought to have belonged to one of Jack the Ripper's victims to descendants of Kominski.

Despite the DNA evidence, critics aren't convinced Kosminski is the culprit. Skeptics went online to share their concerns with the study.

Geneticist, Adam Rutherford says the shawl itself cannot be assumed to have belonged to the victim without further evidence.

"The provenance of the shawl is fully unverified. There is literally no evidence that a historian would consider even vaguely acceptable that the shawl was at the murder scene or belonged to Kate Eddowes," Rutherford said.

Ars Technica also points out that this is the latest in a long line of studies claiming to have identified Jack the Ripper. In 2002, Patricia Cornwall published a book called "Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed." That book claimed that Walter Sickert was the killer.

Rutherford said on Twitter that he's confident that the identity of Jack the Ripper will never be known.

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