In 1994 after I appeared on ABC World News with Peter Jennings talking about the Bell Curve. My ex had just been in a bad accident and was in a cast up to her thigh. The phone rang and this guy started to rant so she hung up. He called back and left this message on the answer machine: "Listen, bitch! I know who you and are where you live and I'm coming for your family."
At the time, we had good friends, Ron and Debbie who were training Rottweiler guard dogs. She was an ex-cop and he was ex-Marine. They moved in with us to help out and brought Tasha, who they were training. She was nearly two hundred pounds of pure muscle and she would sit on my porch like a statue. She wouldn't bark or move when people walked by the house, but if someone stopped in front of the house and looked at the house, Tasha would literally fly off the porch. The heavy chain would yank her to the ground and she would communicated to whoever was standing there that it would be a very good idea to keep moving.
Isaac was about ten and Ron took him to school everyday and picked him up in the afternoon. Isaac liked Ron, but after a few days, I heard Isaac tell him, "Ron, I like you, but I want to meet my friends at our secret fort by myself." I heard Ron say: "Isaac, there are some people who might want to hurt your dad and the worst thing they could do would be to hurt you. I'm here to make sure that doesn't happen." Isaac’s best friend, Austin, who lived next door, might as well have lived on another planet. His front door was never locked and he lived in a place that was safe for children. My son lived in a world where Nazis were still gunning for Jews!