"It's the damndest thing I've ever seen,"
I doubt that if someone took an aluminium bat to someones head they would stay human looking, yet alone alive. But a potatoe to the face would hurt you like hell.
I think the cops should have looked into the case as a shooting not a beating, as
would most certainly look like a damned beating.and didn't appear to have been beaten in the head
Another theory is that the guy tryed to hit the potatoe that a friend of the guy shot at him from a cannon. the potatoe hit him in the noggin' and the bat was broken before anyway, and the guys mate ran off