He Did What?

Dale Austin

Some mysteries can be solved quickly and easily. Other mysteries may take years and years to unravel. My dad was a mystery that I could not solve until after he had passed on. Odd behaviors, constant marriage troubles, the inability to hold on to a job are just a few parts of the question that I had to ask someone. I needed answers and they came to me rather unexpectedly. When they were uncovered they revealed more questions that had to be answered. Although a light was now shining on troubling events from my past, it was a conversation with a psychiatrist that changed my direction. This doctor had assisted my wife and I as we began to wrestle with trauma in our lives. She asked the right question at the right time and that was my opportunity to share feelings about my dad. As I shared my experience then sought answers, this book was born. That doctor’s insight and wisdom helped me to understand who my dad was. This is the story of getting the answers about my past. It is also the story of a boy growing up with no boundaries in his life. The story of a wild, wonderful and, at times, scary childhood. It’s about maturing, changing, understanding, and trying to live with a sociopathic narcissist father.


I was born in Charlotte and have lived here for most of my life. The Oakhurst Community is where the first twenty-four years of my life was spent. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools made a great attempt to educate me, first at Oakhurst Elementary on to Randolph Junior High and, finally East Mecklenburg High School. They did the best that they could with what they had to work with. My beautiful bride and I met on the first day of 10th grade at East Mecklenburg. It was love at first sight for her, I just know that I felt a strange new sensation whenever we were together. We have four children and four grandchildren. For the past 30 years I worked in the field of electronic security. I assisted financial institutions and retailers detect fraud and theft. My retirement was foisted upon me against my wishes for medical reasons. At that moment I decided to reinvent myself becoming an author, woodworker and resin artist. He Did What? is my first book and was completed in 2021. My second book will be published in December of 2021 and I am currently writing book number three.

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