Bringing together ground-breaking forensic discoveries - including vital DNA evidence - and gripping historical detective work, Naming Jack the Ripper constructs the first truly convincing case for identifying the world's most notorious serial killer. In 2007, businessman Russell Edwards bought a shawl believed to have been left beside the body of the fourth victim, Catherine Eddowes. He knew that, if genuine, the shawl would be the only piece of crime scene evidence still in existence. It was the start of an extraordinary seven-year quest for Russell as he sought to authenticate the shawl and learn its secrets. He had no idea that this journey would take him so far. After undergoing extensive forensic testing by one of the country's top scientists, the shawl was not only shown to be genuine, and stained with Catherine Eddowes' blood, but in a massive breakthrough the killer's DNA was also discovered - DNA that would allow Russell to finally put a name to Jack the Ripper . . .
Russell Edwards, who is married with two children, is a 48 year old businessman. Originally from Birkenhead, he now lives in Hertfordshire. He first got to know the Whitechapel area in London's East End as a student and about the Ripper story in the early 1990s. Ten years later, Russell started to read more and more about the case and revisited the area where the murders had happened. What started as an interest became, by 2007, a mission to prove the identity of the world's most famous murderer.