Random Wikipedia Page Of The Week: Marvin Heemeyer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Heemeyer

This is one of the crazier stories I have ever heard.   Marvin Heemeyer moved to Granby, Colorado, in 1994.  While living there, Mr. Heemeyer got into several disputes with the local authorities, mainly over zoning issues.  He owned a muffler repair shop, and the cement-manufacturing company next door was a constant thorn in his side.  With his business faltering, Heemeyer leased the property to a trash company, who gave him six months to vacate the premises.  Here’s where the story gets weird.

Instead of accepting defeat and moving on with his life, Marvin decided to make some modifications to a bulldozer he had bought two years earlier.  He spent six months working on this project.  He put heavy steel plates over the engine, windows, and parts of the wheels, making the machine impervious to bullets.   He attached cameras so he could see where he was going. He placed some heavy machine guns to the outside. Inside the ‘dozer, he stocked up with water, food, and ammunition.  Eventually, it looked like something from the G.I. Joe universe:

On June 4th, 2004, Heemeyer decided to take what was eventually dubbed the “Killdozer” for a ride.  According to Wikipedia, he went through “the wall of his former business, the concrete plant, the Town Hall, the office of the local newspaper that editorialized against him, the home of a former judge’s widow, and a hardware store owned by another man Heemeyer named in a lawsuit…Owners of all the buildings that were damaged had some connection to Heemeyer’s dispute.” 

After riding around like a madman, the Killdozer got stuck in a basement.  Heemeyer shot himself in the head with a revolver, putting an end to his rampage.  No one was killed, but there was about 7 million dollars worth of damage done to the town.  The hatch had been sealed shut, as Heemeyer had no intention of ever leaving the vehicle once he got in.

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~ by fc13 on April 16, 2010.

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