The skeleton was that of Joan Wytte of Bodmin, who died in Bodmin Gaol in 1813. Joan was a wise woman and quite well-known throughout Cornwall. However, she also lived in the poverty of the time and was, supposedly, of an aggressive temper. She died of pneumonia at the age of 38 while imprisoned for “brawling”. Unfortunately her earthly remains were used for all kinds of 19th century séances and suchlike. Joan was finally buried in Minster in 1998 – on Hallowe’en. Now I’ve heard and read stories that the Museum had had Joan for about forty years, but then it started to report strange happenings … Make of it all, what you will. Whatever the case, Old Joan has finally been given a proper burial and had her dignity restored, in a sense.