It is the island which has inspired tales of supernatural devil dogs and bodies buried without skulls.
Now, thanks to erosion, the real history of Deadman’s Island off Kent’s north coast is being exposed.
More than two centuries ago, the island, which lies opposite the Isle of Sheppey, was used as a burial ground for convicts who died on floating prisons, known as prison hulks.
Coffins and bones can now be found sticking out of the mud.
You can see the full story on Inside Out, on BBC One South East and London on Monday 30 January at 19:30 GMT, and later on the BBC iPlayer.