100 brains disappear from the University of Texas
A collection of around 100 human brains appears to has disappeared without a trace from the University of Texas, according to an AP report. The collection includes the brain of mass murderer, Charles Whitman.
The brains were part of a collection of 200 preserved in formaldehyde, which originally belonged to the Austin State Hospital. The hospital was apparently just swimming in brains though, so they arranged what was meant to be a temporary agreement with the school when storage space became an issue. That was 28 years ago.
The university split the collection into two, with half heading to the basement of the university’s Animal Resources Center. Those brains are no longer there.
It’s not clear what happened to the brains, but the university hasn’t ruled out the possibility that they were stolen.
“We think somebody may have taken the brains, but we don’t know at all for sure,” co-curator of the collection and psychology Professor, Tim Schallert, told the Austin American-Statesman.
One fairly horrible theory is that they were stolen and used as decoration by students who are somewhat dead inside.
“It’s entirely possible word got around among undergraduates and people started swiping them for living rooms or Halloween pranks,” Co-curator and psychology Professor Lawrence Cormack said.
Another possibility is that they were taken to be part of some experiment by a mad scientist looking to challenge God and create an abomination of life. Granted, that may be slightly less likely than students taking them. Zombies have not been ruled out either.
As part of the donation agreements, the brains are not labeled and cannot be identified, but the curators confirmed that one of the missing organs definitely belongs to Whitman.
In 1966, Whitman, an engineering student and former marine, went on a killing spree on the University of Texas campus, killing 16 and wounding 32. Whitman climbed the clock tower on campus, where he was eventually killed by police. Upon his autopsy, it was discovered that he had a tumor in his brain that may have contributed to his actions.
As for the remaining brains, they are safe as houses. The university says that they have been moved, and are being studied using an MRI machine.