The University of Texas at Austin has lost around 100 brains stored in jars of formaldehyde, one of which may belong to Charles Whitman, an ex-marine who killed and wounded dozens in a campus shooting spree nearly 50 years ago.
Nearly 30 years ago, around 200 brains were transferred from the state hospital to the university but the psychology lab only had room for half of them in their department. About 100 more brains were stored in the basement, according to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper.
“It’s entirely possible word got around among undergraduates and people started swiping them for living rooms of Halloween pranks,” psychology professor Lawrence Cormack told the paper.
The school used the brains as a teaching tool, but when they first received the brains, they agreed to remove identifying data from the specimens when it took them in. Now, the university is unsure whether or not one of the missing 100 brains belongs to Charles Whitman, who was shot and killed after killing 16 people in a 1966 shooting rampage.