Austrian composer Franz Josef Haydn died on May 31, 1809 in his beloved Vienna. On June 15, he was laid to rest in Hundsthrum churchyard. Then, only two days later, grave robbers hired by the warden of the local prison dug up the old composer and removed his head. The warden, it seems, had a theory that a person’s intelligence could be determined by the shape of the skull, and he thought Haydn’s skull would make a perfect subject for study.
That was only the beginning of the strange journey of Franz Josef Hayden’s head, which traveled on, passing from one owner to another, for the next 145 years. If you’d like to read the full details of this story, look here