Bodmin Gaol was designed by Sir John Call and built in 1779 by prisoners of war, and was operational for 150 years, in which it saw over 50 public hangings. It was the first British prison to hold prisoners in separate cells (though often up to 10 at a time) rather than communally. During World War I the prison was deemed worthy to hold some of Britain's priceless national treasures including the Domesday Book and the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. The firsts hanging was apparently in 1785, but the finishing date of the Gaol was in 1788. Executioners were paid about £10 a hanging. The last person to be hanged was in 1909 18 years before the Gaol closed.
Series 6, Episode 1 of Most Haunted, a British made reality TV show, saw the crew attempt their paranormal activities at the Gaol with presenter, Yvette Fielding and psychic, Derek Acorah. Unsuccessful with many attempts, the team did make contact with many light and sound entities, whilst Acorah claims to have been possessed by a bothered spirit named Kreed Kafer, a South African who has since been untraceable.
It has since come to light that "Kreed Kafer" was an individual who was created purely by parapsychologist and crew member Ciaran O'Keefe to test Derek Acorah and his abilities. The name was created because it was an anagram of the phrase 'Derek Faker'.