RARA-AVIS: Sapped!

pabergin (pabergin@gte.net)
Mon, 12 Apr 1999 23:07:13 -0400 As one of (hopefully) few members of the list who has actually been sapped,
let me offer my take on the experience.

Number One -- It fucking HURTS, but does not generally render one
unconscious. I have been hit over the head with a steel pipe by a street
punk during an attempted robbery and sapped by a New Haven SCU cop who just
didn't understand the situation. In both cases I bled a lot (nothing leaks
blood like a scalp wound) but never lost consciousness. The mugger in NYC
got away; the New Haven cop didn't, though his downfall had nothing to do
with me.

Number Two -- Properly applied, a 'jack could probably do the job in jig
time. Whacking someone on the top of his skull ain't the way to do it,
though. Someone, maybe Chandler or maybe Pronzini, once wrote a lovely
description on how a sap shd be used -- just a quick slap behind and
slightly below the ear. I've never had it done to me, but it sounds like it
just might work.

Number Three -- Whenever possible, don't get hit on the head by anything
harder than a feminine thigh. That has nothing to do with the discussion.
It's a recreational tip.


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