September 25, 2014
They think they’ve solved the Jack the Ripper murders. After 126 years,Russell Edwards, a scientist in Liverpool, has claimed he has solved the murders that terrorized London in 1888. DNA from a shawl worn by Catherine Eddowes, one of the Ripper’s victims, has been matched with a descendent of Aaron Kosminski, an original suspect in the case. Kosminski, a Polish immigrant was considered a suspect by Scotland Yard as early as 1894.
Edwards and molecular biology professor Jari Louhelainen performed a number of tests and have stated that they are completely certain that Kosminski is the villain. But is he?
Ripperologists, (Honest I didn’t make it up) have their doubts and point to similar claims in the past. And really, we will never know for sureas the shawl has been handled by literally dozens of people over the past 126 years and according to some Kosminski didn’t match eye witness descriptions of the ripper.
But it doesn’t matter, because although Jack the Ripper may have escaped justice on earth it doesn’t mean that he has escaped justice. The Bible reminds us that our sins will find us out and it doesn’t just mean sins as onerous as Jack’s. And that is why we need God’s grace and forgiveness. Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.