Delmer Smith III was born July 19, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan to a couple who are now both deceased. He is one of several children from this union. He is light skinned, light enough to pass for being white. He is given his father’s name and the family happily pronounces him to be Delmer the 3rd. His name, and that of his father, is a variant of Delmar (also used within the family) and comes from Spanish and “Old” French. It means “of the sea.” The choice is, perhaps prophetic in an eerie way.
The sea is a mercurial place. It can be calm, inviting, sublime, and soft at one point and then, in the next, with little if any warning, treacherous, evil, violent, destructive, a merciless killer. And, so it was to be with Delmer the 3rd. As it is for the sea, he also will be a mystery to those he meets in life as told to me by his onetime girlfriend, “He was the man who didn’t exist.”
She went on to say to me, “I recall one day we were fishing and he was standing off behind me and I looked up at him. He didn’t know I was watching him. What I saw was a man stripped for a moment of what or who he was. He was so soft standing there, a little boy. So strange. He was so at peace. And yet, there is this other Delmer that I did not know or even suspect might exist.”
This is a man who is an enigma to many—perhaps even to himself. He will leave in his wake terror as well as love.
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