The dangerous lunatic Aaron Kosminski was always the most likely suspect, and now they’ve found his DNA on poor Catherine Eddowes’ shawl.
It’s a little late in the day, but it will be great to have this case closed.
(And none of that weird conspiracy junk, either.)
Of course, it is just barely possible (despite the weird provenance) that this shawl had gunk on it from an encounter between Eddowes and Kosminski before her murder. Victorian prostitutes in Whitechapel did their thing outside and mostly dressed, if they couldn’t afford a more elegant setting. But with her DNA and his DNA, and with her having pawned her shoes the day before and yet this shawl showing up, it seems pretty likely to be exactly what it was claimed to be – evidence improperly given after the case to a policeman, to keep as a souvenir.
Of course, the other question is what kind of police guy keeps this kind of souvenir. Sounds shady to me. but apparently this sergeant thought his wife would like it. She apparently didn’t want to wash and wear the creepy thing (no wonder!), but she did hold onto it anyway, like a true Victorian packrat. It became a historical curio handed down in the family.
It’s amazing that they were able to get good DNA from so long ago and from such a small sample in such a tough place….