Bid to unmask Jack the Ripper with forensic evidence from final victim thwarted ...

Bid to unmask Jack the Ripper with forensic evidence from his final victim gets thwarted... by the Catholic church Dr Wynne Weston-Davies believes his great aunt was Jack the Ripper's victim He says the Ripper was Mary Jane Kelly's husband Francis Spurzheim Craig The Secular Clergy Common Fund has blocked his proposal for a DNA test

By David Barrett Home Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:21 BST, 10 August 2020 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 10 August 2020

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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, 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

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