By David Barrett Home Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail
Published: 01:21 BST, 10 August 2020 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 10 August 2020
A chance to resolve the 132-year-old mystery of Jack the Ripper with forensic evidence has been thwarted – by the Roman Catholic church.
Authorities which own the cemetery where the Ripper’s final victim was buried have refused to allow an exhumation.
Their decision has stymied a bid by an author who believes he is related to Mary Jane Kelly – who was murdered in Whitechapel, east London, in November 1888 – to prove the link with DNA.
Dr Wynne Weston-Davies, 76, believes his great aunt was Jack the Ripper's final victim Mary Jane Kelly, who is buried in St Patrick’s Catholic cemetery in Leytonstone, east London
Dr Wynne Weston-Davies, a retired surgeon, argues that Mary Jane was the street name used by his great aunt, Elizabeth Weston-Davies, while working as a prostitute.
He claims Jack the Ripper, who murdered five women in 1888 and has never been identified, was Mary Jane’s former husband, a journalist called Francis Spurzheim Craig.
Her death was an act of revenge by Craig, 51, who