The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains.
Thatâ€™s about half of the specimens the university had in a collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde. One of the missing brains preserved is believed to have belonged to clock tower sniper Charles Whitman.
The co-curator of the collection is psychology Professor Lawrence Cormack. He tells the Austin American-Statesman that undergraduates and others may have been swiping the brains for years â€œfor living rooms or Halloween pranks.â€
The Austin State Hospital had transferred the jars of brains to the university about 28 years ago.
Although identifying information was removed from the collection to protect confidentiality, co-curator Tim Schallert says Whitmanâ€™s brain likely was part of the collection. —AFP