Matt Collins: According to your book, your parents were more interested in drinking than being there for you. Would that be a fair thing to say?
Dean King: Yeah, when I was older, I confronted my father on how he parented me. Things like him drinking every day, not having a meal on the table. He just sat there, he never worked, he was never a role model. He used to put me down, call me ugly and say that I would never amount to much.
MC: Tell me about your childhood.
DK: I was a kid that got bored easily. I was looking for excitement all the time. I was a bit of a larrikin and I used to like going out and running amok with my mates. I found some kind of identity through that. Through that structure I learnt how to fight and how to steal cars. It all started out as fun, but I can assure you, it got pretty serious as time went on.
MC: How old were you when you first got picked up by the police?
DK: I would have been 11.
MC: And that was for stealing?
DK: Yeah, I stole a lady’s handbag and I jumped a train to Gosford. Then I knocked off a postie’s motorbike and took it for a spin.
MC: How did you know how to ride a motorbike at 11?
DK: I really didn’t. I just jumped on and did my best.
MC: How old were you when drugs came on the scene?
DK: I was probably about 13. I was smoking a lot of dope and shooting acid.
MC: Your drug use became the catalyst for a significant moment in your life. You were only 13 when you were involved in a drug deal that went horribly wrong.
DK: Yeah, we decided to go and knock off some marijuana plants in a guy’s backyard as we used to do. The guy came out and he was armed and the guy I was with, he was armed also.
MC: When you say ‘armed’, what did they have?
DK: Well the guy that came out of the house had a bat and an iron bar, one in each hand. The guy I was with had a knife as big as Daniel Boon’s, which he used to cut the plants. I basically run for the other fence when the guy came out. He got me over the back of the skull and I was knocked out. When I woke up a few minutes later, I saw the other two were having a massive fight in the back yard. I remember hearing the guy screaming every time he was getting the blade put through him.
MC: Do you have any regrets from that night?
DK: I don’t have any regrets. Everything that has happened to me, including that night, has happened for a purpose.