The victim was hung in an inverted position in order to assure sufficient oxygenation of the brain and to slow down the general loss of blood so that they didn't lose consciousness at once, thus to inflict a longer suffering before death struck. The saw was a cheap way to kill or torture a victim who was accused of: witchery, adultery, murder, blasphemy or even theft. Depending on the victim and/or torturer, this torture could last hour’s maybe even days. When a confession was required, the victim would be forced to watch another person suffer this horrific torture. If the victim still did not confess, they to, would be slowly cut in half.