Richard III team in Rip­per vic­tim probe

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THE Bri­tish sci­en­tists who dis­cov­ered the re­mains of King Richard III have been try­ing to iden­tify the last known vic­tim of Jack The Rip­per.

Mary Jane Kelly was said to have been the pret­ti­est of the no­to­ri­ous killer’s prey – and died the most grisly death. But mys­tery sur­rounds who she re­ally was.

Now the lead ge­neti­cist on the Richard III project has been re­cruited to find and iden­tify the real Mary – us­ing the same DNA tech­niques that pin­pointed the king’s fi­nal rest­ing place to a car park in Le­ices­ter.

Au­thor Dr Wynne We­stonDavies, a for­mer sur­geon, be­lieves “Mary” was liv­ing un­der a fake name and was his great aunt, Elizabeth We­ston-Davies.

He also be­lieves his great un­cle, Fran­cis Craig, was the Rip­per and car­ried out the pre­vi­ous mur­ders to cover up a plot to kill his wife be­cause she had re­turned to the streets as a pros­ti­tute.

Mary was buried in a com­mu­nal grave in St Pa­trick’s Catholic Ceme­tery in Ley­ton­stone in 1888 af­ter her badly mu­ti­lated re­mains were found at her Whitechape­l home in Lon­don’s East End.

Dr Turi King, of Le­ices­ter Univer­sity, said: “If the DNA is of suf­fi­cient qual­ity you could carry out a DNA test to see if there is a match.”

Her re­searchers were com­mis­sioned by crime writer and Rip­per ex­pert Pa­tri­cia Corn­well to ex­am­ine the fea­si­bil­ity of find­ing the ex­act burial lo­ca­tion and the likely con­di­tion of Mary’s bones.

TURI KING: Her re­searchers will try to find burial site.

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