The Austria-Hungarian Monarchy used a
utmost special way to perform hangings.
The Austrian "Würgegalgen"
(stranglegallows) - polehanging.
The prisoner is lifted at a pole, e.g. with a
rope tied around the waist, then noosed
and released to hang by the neck.
The method was introduced around 1870
to allow the hangman more control over
the process, but the tool in itself is very
inefficient, and various hangmen needed to
develop extra "services" to help the poor
prisoner to get it over with.