Austin - The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains.
That'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 "for living rooms or Halloween pranks".
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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 Whitman's brain likely was part of the collection.