Post Redux: Are SAPs (Socially Adept Psychopaths) real?

I’m bringing this post back — it’s been a while, also there happen to be multiple searches today for Thomas Capano.

Obviously I think they are.  It’s why I write this blog. From my Mission Statement:  [My aim is] to share information about sociopathy and sociopathic behavior in everyday life. “It’s as though there’s a dangerous fish in all the waters of the world, that is never mentioned”

To the best of my knowledge, the term SAPs originated with Roger Canup.

In the last section I pointed out that the problem of plausible lies is the most serious problem facing humanity today. I will now discuss the people who have been telling plausible lies: the Socially Adept Psychopaths or S.A.Ps (pronounced SAPS) of the world. An example of S.A.P. thought processes is in order.

Most people have heard of Ted Bundy; the serial killer who was executed in Florida several years ago. Not many people are aware of the fact that Bundy was studying to become a prosecutor, and that eventually he hoped to become a judge. Those that do know that fact see it as some strangely ironic twist – an inexplicable quirk in Bundy’s bizarre makeup. It never seems to occur to most people that the perfect place for a psychopathic serial killer to hide in society is as a prosecutor or a judge; but I assure you that it occurs to the Psychopaths of the world. I would estimate that about 10% of the prosecutors and judges in the United States are in fact, S.A.Ps. The ONLY difference between them and Ted Bundy is that they were able to control outward signs of their Psychopathy until they achieved their goal of being in a position of authority.

For most of their lives Thomas Capano and Ira Einhorn passed as SAPs and led seemingly responsible lives — it was only the insult to the ego of a lover leaving and the subsequent murder of same that exposed them.

Thomas Capano

Ira Einhorn

If their girlfriends, who they ended up murdering, and victims of other psychopaths had known enough about sociopathy to suspect it, perhaps they wouldn’t have gone back one last time, or gone back alone to retrieve their belongings, or tried to do the right thing and explain why they were leaving in person, or tried to stay just friends, or agreed to meet in private, etc.  In my opinion, it’s incredibly irresponsible of law enforcement and the media not to inform the public about sociopathic criminals.

Brain Scans Show Abnormalities In Psychopaths

Adrian Raine’s “successful” psychopaths are essentially the same as SAPs.

In the study of the hippocampus, the research team [led by Adrian Raine of USC] expanded the scope of previous studies by comparing the brains of two groups for the first time: “successful” psychopaths – those who had committed crimes but had never been caught – and “unsuccessful” psychopaths – those who had been caught.
. . .
The difference between successful psychopaths (those who avoid getting arrested) and unsuccessful psychopaths is that the more successful ones have a greater ability to learn fear of getting caught and to therefore guide their own behavior to minimize the chances of getting caught.
. . .
“There’s faulty wiring going on in psychopaths. They’re wired differently than other people,” Raine said. “In a way, it’s literally true in this case.”

He found that the psychopaths’ corpus callosums were an average of 23 percent larger and 7 percent longer than the control groups’.
. . .

With an increased corpus callosum came less remorse, fewer emotions and less social connectedness – the classic hallmarks of a psychopath, he said.

“These people don’t react. They don’t care,” Raine said. “Why that occurs, we don’t fully know, but we are beginning to get important clues from neuro-imaging research.”

4 thoughts on “Post Redux: Are SAPs (Socially Adept Psychopaths) real?

  1. In that book about Ira Einhorn (Capricorn?), it mentions him stinking really bad although he bathed for hours every day. They finally figured out that he NEVER washed his clothes. There was nothing sexy about him, as you can see from the photo. Yet, he had many women. He was not really a hippie, as far as him being a true liberal. He had been pretty right wing when he was younger. Maybe he just used that persona to help him get laid. He took credit for Earth Day. He loved to take credit for everything. One of those kind of people. The power that these psychos have over others is unreal. He had all kinds of people sending him money when he was on the lamb in Europe. Einhorn date raped an earlier girlfriend, and roughed up another.


    • From what I’ve read he had a knack of making women (or select women) want to take care of him. A sort of “Oh, I’ll make you feel better little boy” combined with adult sexuality. I can’t say that I understand this as anything more than words on a page — it might to be closed to all nonparticipants. Cleckley stated it better, but I can’t find the quote right now.


  2. Responding to Raine’s statement, “These people don’t react. They don’t care.”: When I have reacted congruently with anger that the socially adept psychopaths around me are lying about me, stealing from me, and breaking laws to harm me and my children, my anger is held against me. I have learned that I must not react. I must appear as if I don’t care. (When I do care, deeply.) A circular problem, indeed.


    • “A circular problem, indeed.” Further I’d predict that pointing out sociopathy would also be dismissed as being uncivil. We need to spread the knowledge that SAPs exist and are common.


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